A name change was just one of the crucial modifications made to the MKX/Nautilus mid-size crossover. New models also adopt the company’s new style language together with the new terminology.
The second-generation MKX has helped the nameplate surpass 30,000 sales in the U.S. for two successive years in 2016 and 2017. The Nautilus, surprisingly, reverted to the high twenty-thousands in 2018 with precisely 28,573 models sold. It has to be said that the mid-sizer didn’t take pleasure in a full model year in its new skin, however.
The new Navigator now sports more tech and certainly enhances over the outbound model however below, it’s still a plushier Ford Edge. Rates range from around $41,000 to $58,000, and regardless of a handsome exterior, Navigator still maintains some undesirable difficult plastics inside. Forward-Collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot screens, and active lane control are all basic across the board, which’s always a plus.
The Nautilus’ heart is arguably its strongest fit, and there are 2 of them. The base 2.0 L turbo-four is capable of making 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and currently provides adequate power for smooth acceleration. An optional 2.7 L twin-turbo V6 raises that to another level by offering 335 ponies and 380 lb-ft of rotational force. Both engines are coupled with modern 8-speed automatics and can be purchased in both front and all-wheel drive.
Smooth ride and terrific sound cancellation are another one of its strengths (as they must be considering the truth Nautilus brings a premium badge and price) but do not expect any excitement from it. Handling is dull and uninspiring, but then again, mid-size luxury crossovers aren’t planned to be enjoyable anyhow.