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Lincoln’s Mid-Size SUV the Nautilus Black Label Edition for 2019

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Lincoln Motor Company provided us with a 2019 Black Label Nautilus in Burgundy Velvet Metallic for a trip to New York State and the opening of the new TWA Hotel at JFK airport. This mid-sized SUV featured Gala trim, with deep colors and rich textures, inspired by the high fashion of New York’s Metropolitan Gala. This Gala theme features elegant Carmine and Onyx leather deeply hued seats, complemented by the luster of Nouveau Armor aluminum accents.

This mid-sized SUV has a base price of $59,390 adding on $7245 in options came to a final sticker price of $67,630, including the $995 delivery charge.

The Lincoln Motor Company introduces the new Lincoln Nautilus, a midsize luxury SUV delivering a powerful turbocharged engine range and a suite of advanced technologies designed to give drivers greater confidence on the road.While the Nautilus is not a new design, it has been updated from the last iteration when it was called the MKX. It fits neatly in a very competitive market segment, and being a Lincoln, has a lot to offer buyers in standard features, both luxury and safety features.  Being a Lincoln Black Label Edition means that it is only available from select Lincoln dealers and carries a host of Black Label benefits.

Lincoln Nautilus red onyx leather seats

Our 2019 model came with the Onyx Venetian Leather interior, and we very much enjoyed the 22-way power driver seat a $1500 option,  standard heated and ventilated front seats, as it was May, we did not try the heated rear seats. With Inside Ambient lighting, a real treat at night, and Dual zone electronic climate control which made for a comfortable interior experience. The available concealed wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones eliminates the hassle of tangled cords is something that is becoming more common, and we like that, though our Samsung smartphone in an Otterbox case did get hot and stopped charging, out of the case it did much better.  Having the Panorama vista roof was almost as good as having a convertible.

Safety Lincoln’s Job One

The Nautilus has plenty of standard safety features as well as optional on the various trim levels of the Nautilus. While these are becoming more common today, they do enhance the overall driving experience, as not everyone on the road is paying attention to driving.

  • Blind spot detection
  • pedestrian detection
  • Auto Emergency Braking
  • Pre-collision Assist
  • Lincoln’s Copilot 360
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Rearview Camera with a wash function
  • Auto High Beams
  • Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection
  • Adaptative Cruise Control with Stop and Go Technology
  • Evasive Steering Assist

Nautilus’s Tech Package includes the 360-degree camera, and the active parking assist as well as front park aid sensors are $1720. Driver Assistance option for $1590, includes Lane Keeping system Active cruise control with traffic jam assist and adaptive steering.

 

Turbo Powered Engine

Powered by a 2.7 GTDI V6 engine (a $2070 option) and an 8-speed select shift automatic transmission that gave us the stated fuel economy of 21 overall 19 city and 26 highway.  Our experience was that it provided plenty of power delivered through the advanced technology of turbocharging, direct injection, and twin independent variable camshaft timing. All of which made our mix of urban and highway driving comfortable and worry-free.

 

Technology, More Important Than Ever


Today’s vehicles rely on a lot of technology, cameras, radar, and more to enhance the driver’s capability. Lincoln Co-Pilot360 is much like it sounds; you have a Co-Pilot with you watching your blind spots, alerting you to vehicles and pedestrians as well as things that the driver may miss.

2019 Lincoln Natiulus GrillPre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking is surprising that first time it engages when you are not aware it will. And thankfully it does, as it has a faster reaction time than you might have, helping to prevent an accident. Evasive steer assist is now available on the Nautilus, providing drivers with steering support to help avoid collisions that might happen as you come upon a slow-moving or stopped vehicle if it can’t be mitigated by braking alone.

We experimented with the optional lane-centering technology, which detects lane markings on the road to help keep the vehicle centered. Finding it as good as the road markings that it is monitoring, if the white line on the right follows over to a turn lane, the car can steer to the right when you want to stay in the travel lane.

Adaptive cruise control with stop and go allows drivers to set a desired speed and distance between themselves and the vehicle ahead and is a valuable item on today’s crowded highways.

 

 

Drivers Will Appreciate All The Nautilus Has To Offer.

The large center touch screen serves as a portal to standard SYNC® 3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, enabling management of audio, phone, and navigation. Steering wheel-mounted controls are also available for some functions helping keep eyes on the road.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus dashboard and center console

As the weather turns colder drivers will appreciate the heated side view mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. When day turns into night having the full LED lighting and headlamps with adaptive LED, Lincoln signature lighting makes a difference.

Ford is making all of their new cars connected, and this Nautilus came with the standard embedded Lincoln Connect 4G modem with Wi-Fi hotspot capability. While we think of this as for our own personal use, it makes the vehicle prepared for the world of autonomous mobility allowing for the vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communication. While self-driving cars are a way off, the technology that it brings to us today adds a layer of safety on today’s roadways.

Warranty

2019 Lincoln Natiulus Window StickerThis vehicle comes with a solid 4-year 50K mile warranty and six-year 70K power train Warranty. Being a Black Label model, only sold by those Lincoln dealers that are qualified to offer Black Label models, the convenience of having the vehicle pick up when it needs service and having four years of premium maintenance included is just one more reason to purchase or lease a Lincoln.

Overall

Black Label from LincolnYou may not have considered a Lincoln as you search for upscale vehicles; this is an excellent time to think about one of America’s premier luxury brands.  Lincoln has quietly stepped ahead of its competitors, and as consumers experience the brand, they will be pleasantly surprised about what they get for their dollar.  Stop by a Lincoln dealer and look at what the brand has to offer.

 

Words and Images by William West Hopper

William West Hopper, VIP Tour Guide at the 2019 Washington DC Auto Show. Photo by Bonnie M. Moret
William West Hopper, VIP Tour Guide at the 2019 Washington DC Auto Show. Photo by Bonnie M. Moret

Mr. Hopper is a life-long automotive enthusiast who has lead enthusiast organizations like the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and the Segway Enthusiast Group of America. He currently serves as the President of the Washington Automotive Press Association in Washington DC.  He can be reached on Twitter and Instagram.

The Lincoln Motor Company provided us this vehicle free of charge for a week, we were not compensated to review this vehicle. Our review is our own personal opinion and has not been influenced by anyone but our own experiences. 

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The elegance of the 1960s in a Limited Edition of 80 – The Lincoln Continental with Coach Doors

Check out our YouTube Preview of the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition

The Coach Door Edition of the Black Label Lincoln Continental at the NYC unveiling.

The Coach Door Edition of the Black Label Lincoln Continental at the NYC unveiling.

Lincoln, verified itself as the epitome of modern elegance in the early 1960s when it introduced the low-slung Continental. The era of Madison Avenue marketing the latest in cool, showing people what they could aspire too. Men dressed in sharp suits, elegant women’s fashions, jet-age travel, martinis and more were at a new and daring peak as the world was about to change forever. Then there were many large four-door luxury sedans, though only one was long, sleek, with what would be an icon for luxury, with center opening doors, the Lincoln Continental. And that engineering feat (remember those doors weighed as much as some cars do today,) and would not be replicated, until now, suicide doors, and only Lincoln offered them on the Continental.

Why Just 80?

2019 Lincoln Continental with center opening doors
Center Opening Doors are purely Lincoln Continental

Limited production of 80 will make this a very collectible automotive icon. Eighty will be made for 2019 and also again in 2020, a total of 160 in all. Eighty vehicles each year, each with a special individual door sill plate featuring its identifying number. No doubt this exclusivity will bring this Continental into collector’s garages for those looking for something that few others have.

Exterior Design

Lincoln Continental Special edition of 80.
Long and flowing lines with larger rear doors that open in the center, is what this special edition Lincoln Continental is all about.

While smaller than the 1960’s model it evokes, Lincoln has taken the straight lines and rounded them to produce a modern luxury sedan. While a drop-top version would be the ultimate return to the Eisenhower era, we do feel that the four-door stretch design gives rear passenger comfort a huge step up, and expect market demand for the 6-inch longer version with or without the center opening doors will bring a longer Continental to market for the limousine and black car buyer.

The Rear Coach Doors on the Limited Edition 80th Anniversary Lincoln Continental
The Rear Coach Doors on the Limited Edition 80th Anniversary Lincoln Continental

At first glance you may not notice the difference between the Coach Door version and a standard Continental, upon closer inspection, you will see its proportions are more elegant with an added six inches of wheelbase.

The engineering of the rear-hinged doors supported by the rear quarter of the vehicle means an added structure for rigidity. Otherwise, the door is pretty much the same. just opening for a more gracious entrance and exit.

Interior Design

Rear Console of the 2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition.
Everything is at your fingertips in the rear of the 80th Anniversary Lincoln Continental.

The Coach Edition of the Continental is much the same as that of the Black Label edition of the four-door luxury sedan currently in dealer showrooms. Where this model excels is the rear passenger comfort with the length to the car’s wheelbase allowing for the placement of the larger rear doors. Six inches has provided Continental the best-in-class second-row legroom. Rear seating for two, each in a roomy and sumptuous bucket seat separated by an elegantly crafted rear-seat pass-through console with stowable tray table and tablet holder. The console provides a single phone induction charging bay, two USB outlets, audio and HVAC controls, and though you will not find space crystal champagne flutes like in a Maybach or Rolls. But there is a three-prong 110v outlet inside the console.

 

Driver Experience

The cockpit for the Lincoln Continental.
The cockpit for the Lincoln Continental.

The Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door, like the rest of Lincoln’s lineup, is meticulously crafted inside and out, integrating technologies that both assist and entertain. Providing refinements and advanced features like; Perfect Position seats that adjust 30 ways, plus Active Noise Control for a quiet interior. A Revel® Ultima Audio experience allows drivers to select one of three listening modes, including stereo, audience and on-stage.

The Lincoln Logo at the NYC revel of the ContinentalActivated by the key fob or a smartphone assigned to the vehicle, this Continental will sense a driver’s approach and lights up with Lincoln’s trademark sequential welcoming embrace. Lincoln’s award-winning Head-Up display contributes to a custom driving experience by letting drivers choose what information is projected onto the windshield display. The feature is so innovative that it is visible even with ambient lighting and when the driver is wearing polarized sunglasses.

 

Continental’s Power Train

Lincoln’s exclusive 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine provides a smooth, powerful drive delivering the power and performance today’s driver expects with an impressive 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Three Drive Modes, including Normal, Sport and Comfort, allow clients to personalize their driving experience.

Lincoln’s Exclusive Black Label

Lincoln Black LabelOnly Lincoln Black Label authorized dealers will have the opportunity to sell the 2019 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition Continental. Lincoln Black Label not only provides the highest quality of materials in customized designer themes, it also offers a host of membership privileges. These include annual vehicle detailing, anytime carwashes, and access to a selection of restaurants where noted chefs will provide a curated dining experience.

Rear Seats in the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition
Rear Seats in the Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition

Continental buyers will have their choice of Lincoln Black Label themes, the brand’s most personalized level of luxury, including Chalet and Thoroughbred.

This limited-edition Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door model is available to order now through Lincoln Black Label dealers, with 2019 model year vehicles set to arrive next summer

Words and Images by William West Hopper

No compensation was provided by Lincoln Motor Company for this posting. We attended an industry preview in NYC, where we paid for our transportation,  lodging, and expenses.