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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Lincoln Navigator

Hennessey has started rolling out a modified 2018 Lincoln Navigator that’s fitted with the tuner’s patented HPE600 tuning program. The custom tuned full-size SUV gets an increase in power, among other upgrades. The tuning package costs $19,950, and availability is limited to just 200 units for the 2018 model. If you’re interested in buying one, you can order the SUV though Hennessey or any authorized Hennessey Lincoln dealer.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Configurator – How We’d Spec It

The Lincoln Nautilus is one of the shiny new SUVs that are out on the market these days. Naturally, when a new model with so much promise comes out, a lot of people will be curious to see what it has to offer. That includes me, so I did what anybody in his right frame of mind would do. I jumped straight into the Nautilus’ new online configurator to do some work on my virtual SUV. The results, I can say, are intriguing enough that I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people are doing the same right now.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Configurator – How We’d Spec It

The Lincoln Nautilus is one of the shiny new SUVs that are out on the market these days. Naturally, when a new model with so much promise comes out, a lot of people will be curious to see what it has to offer. That includes me, so I did what anybody in his right frame of mind would do. I jumped straight into the Nautilus’ new online configurator to do some work on my virtual SUV. The results, I can say, are intriguing enough that I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people are doing the same right now.

PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Set to Rename The MKC

Welcome lights front and rear

There have been quite a few instances where the buried nomenclatures have been resurrected to remind people of the goodwill that the name carried. Now, Lincoln has planned to change the name of the Lincoln MKC for the 2021 model. It will then be known as the Corsair going forward. Will that help increase the sales figures?

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Lincoln Aviator

There’s no denying that Lincoln jumped ship a little too early when it came to the original Aviator. It was introduced for 2003 and discontinued in 2005, just shy of when SUVs really started to gain momentum. It took a long time, but Lincoln finally came to its senses and brought a production-ready preview of the 2020 Lincoln Aviator to the New York Auto Show. It’s slated to sit between the Nautilus and the Navigator and will likely be a replacement for the MKT, but what’s more important is that it looks damn good. So good, in fact, that we decided to make the preview vehicle our wallpaper of the day. It’s the first time we’ve put a concept or prototype in this position, but we can’t seem to get over how good it looks. As always, we’ve hand-picked our favorite and thrown together a full gallery that’s free for the taking.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Lincoln Aviator

There’s no denying that Lincoln jumped ship a little too early when it came to the original Aviator. It was introduced for 2003 and discontinued in 2005, just shy of when SUVs really started to gain momentum. It took a long time, but Lincoln finally came to its senses and brought a production-ready preview of the 2020 Lincoln Aviator to the New York Auto Show. It’s slated to sit between the Nautilus and the Navigator and will likely be a replacement for the MKT, but what’s more important is that it looks damn good. So good, in fact, that we decided to make the preview vehicle our wallpaper of the day. It’s the first time we’ve put a concept or prototype in this position, but we can’t seem to get over how good it looks. As always, we’ve hand-picked our favorite and thrown together a full gallery that’s free for the taking.

PostHeaderIcon The Crossover Coupe Nighmare Continues as Lincoln is Plans to Produce its Own Crossover Coupe

More power than the competition

While crossovers have been a thing for more than a decades now, the crossover coupe niche isn’t as big, despite BMW having started the trend with the X6 back in 2007. But more and more automakers are joining the market and Lincoln is now the latest manufacturer that wants a piece of the action.

PostHeaderIcon Watch out Audi and Porsche: Lincoln Promises the Aviator Will Be Almost Identical to the Prototype Shown in New York

The Lincoln Aviator turned a lot of heads at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Actually, it did more than turn heads. It brought life back to a brand that has struggled to keep pace with its European rivals. Now, there’s more good news coming out of Lincoln. According to a high-ranking official from the company, the production version of the Aviator will look a lot like the concept version that was unveiled in New York.

PostHeaderIcon Watch out Audi and Porsche: Lincoln Promises the Aviator Will Be Almost Identical to the Prototype Shown in New York

The Lincoln Aviator turned a lot of heads at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Actually, it did more than turn heads. It brought life back to a brand that has struggled to keep pace with its European rivals. Now, there’s more good news coming out of Lincoln. According to a high-ranking official from the company, the production version of the Aviator will look a lot like the concept version that was unveiled in New York.

PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Could Bring Back Rear-Hinged Doors on The Continental, but is it Enough to Fend Off the Cadillac CT6 and Mercedes S-Class?

Lincoln is going back to its roots. The luxury American brand is planning to bring back suicide doors on an upcoming version of the Continental sedan, harkening back to a time — the 60’s — when the unconventional door design was a staple on the iconic nameplate. The automaker didn’t reveal when the suicide doors will return, but it is largely seen as a step in resuscitating some life back to the once proud model.

PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Failed Taking on Audi, BMW, and Porsche with the Continental so it Will Bring Back the Aviator Name on a New SUV

Just days after the rumor that the Continental would be discontinued due to poor sales, Lincoln turns around and releases a teaser for the Lincoln Aviator Concept, signaling the return of the name for the first time in 13 years.


Apparently, someone over at Lincoln realizes they spent all that money on reviving the wrong damn car, and with the Continental likely to take its place on the guillotine, the Aviator will come back in all its glory. Rumor has it that it will be based on the Ford Explorer, so expect it to sport the same general style, along with the 3.5-liter engine as standard equipment. It should deliver somewhere between 290 and 365 horsepower (with the latter being from the 3.5-liter EcoBoost) and feature more upscale trim, standard leather seating, and a high-end audio system.

Of course, the car debuting at the New York Auto Show is just a concept, so we won’t see the production model until probably 2020 – right around the time they’ll discontinue the continental. You can expect the Aviator to be a spiritual successor to the MKT three-row SUV and will be the next big key in Lincoln’s move to expand its SUV presence on the market.


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“You can expect the Aviator to be a spiritual successor to the MKT three-row SUV and will be the next big key in Lincoln’s move to expand its SUV presence on the market.”

Expect to see more teasers and maybe even a leak or two before the Aviator shows up in New York, so make sure you stay tuned for the latest news about Lincoln and the New York Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln to Kill of the Continental Again and Nobody Really Cares Because it’s Not an SUV

Ford has reportedly spent over $1 billion to bring the Lincoln Continental back to the market, some 14 years after it was originally discontinued. Now, sources “intricately familiar with FMC’s future product plans,” say that the continental will be discontinued once this generation exceeds its lifespan. While those that are fans of the Continental may shutter after reading those words, there’s a good reason – you’re a dying breed. And, so is the large sedan, apparently.

Why is Lincoln Discontinuing the Continental?


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“Since Lincoln has reintroduced the Continental, it’s sold just 18,846 units (as of Feb 2018.)”

Since Lincoln has reintroduced the Continental, it’s sold just 18,846 units (as of Feb 2018.) That wouldn’t be bad had it been on the market for a few months, but it’s been on the market for almost two years, with sales of the new model commencing back in September of 2016. So far in 2018, just 1,573 units have been moved with January being the best month at 815 examples. So yeah, if you wonder why Lincoln will ditch the Continental, it’s because people just don’t want it.

So, now you have to almost feel bad for Lincoln. It reintroduced the Continental, a name that should be very familiar, right smack dab in the middle of a period where people are buying SUVs like they are going out of style. It was a gamble to present a new luxury sedan, but Lincoln went for it anyway, and now it’s taking the heat. Of course, it may have stood a chance had Lincoln went with a RWD setup as opposed to FWD and AWD or offered up some kind of performance. After all, big luxury sedans also need performance if they are to compete in today’s market – that’s just the way the world works now. At least until everyone gets tired of SUVs, that is.


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“After all, big luxury sedans also need performance if they are to compete in today’s market – that’s just the way the world works now.”

With that said, Lincoln’s resident big luxury sedan is on its last leg. It’s only a couple of years old, so Lincoln and FoMoCo could drag out the lifespan another 5 or 7 years in an attempt to gain back that huge chunk of cheddar spent on its development, but I wouldn’t count on it. This miserable bastard will probably hang around a couple more years then die a slow, lonely death that most of the world will hardly notice.

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PostHeaderIcon Serena Williams Is a Lincoln Navigator Ambassador

Female tennis stars are a favorite of car makers when it comes to getting a celebrity ambassador. They lend a certain class to the model they are paid to promote, and they appeal to both sexes, albeit for different reasons. For the 2018 Lincoln Navigator now Ford has enlisted the services of Serena Williams, and the pair seem to be the perfect match.

It is not like the new Navigator needs any push from any celebrity to sell. The SUV is flying out of the showroom faster than they can get them in. In fact, Ford had to expand their Kentucky plant by 25 percent just so that they can keep up with demand. But having Serena Williams in their corner was too good an opportunity to pass, seeing as she has a history with the Navigator. Serena’s first vehicle was a Navi, which she nicknamed “Ginger” for some reason.

Now the sophisticated new Lincoln Navigator is the perfect car for Williams as it reflects perfectly her personality as a successful athlete and businesswoman. The car provides Serena with the comfort, luxury and capabilities she needs, and makes her look good too, arriving at various social functions. The partnership includes a media campaign, as Lincoln serves up social media campaign beginning today as Williams prepares for the March 5 Indian Wells tennis tournament.

“I’ve always had a connection to the Navigator brand,” said Williams. “When I bought my first car, Ginger, it was my big step-up. I had a real luxury car now, it looked great and I felt safe. When the opportunity came to work with the Lincoln Navigator today, I was really excited because it brought me back to all of those moments I had in my first vehicle. For me, partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place.”

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Boosts Production of 2018 Lincoln Navigator to Meet Demand

Turns out SUV shoppers in America are absolutely loving the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator. In fact, they are selling so fast, Ford can barely keep up with demand. That is why they have injected an additional $25 million investment into their Kentucky Truck Plant, where the Navi is made, boosting its production capacity by 25 percent. 

The now $925 million dollar plant is responsible for the production of 2018 Lincoln Navigator as well as the latest Ford Expedition SUV. Using advanced manufacturing technologies is a highlight of Kentucky Truck Plant, and it shows in the quality of the Navigators they put out. The upgrades of the plant include 400 new robots, enhanced data analytics to help the plant operate more efficiently and a new 3D printer for faster and cheaper parts production. So no new jobs for humans, but the current workforce is going to have more time to relax.

The sales of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator more than doubled last month as the SUV got its feet grounded in huge markets such as  Florida, Texas and California and as the reviews started coming in, waxing lyrical about how good this new model is.  According to Ford, nearly 85 percent of all Navigator buyers are choosing high-end, high quality Black Label and Reserve models. The same goes for the Expedition with the top-of-the-line Platinum trim models.






“The response from customers regarding our new full-size SUVs has been exceptional,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Global Operations. “Using a combination of Ford’s advanced manufacturing and American hard work and ingenuity, we’ll deliver more high-quality Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions to customers than originally planned.”

The post Ford Boosts Production of 2018 Lincoln Navigator to Meet Demand appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Lincoln Navigator Has Seriously Cool Drive Mode Graphics

There are a lot of things to like about the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator, including, as it turns out, the awesome graphics it shows you every time you change the driving mode. Yep, an entire design team was apparently  engaged in creating these cool graphics, and we have admit they have nailed it. 

So, depending on the drive mode you choose in your 2018 Lincoln Navigator,  which is by the way an all-weather SUV capable dealing with any kind of terrain, the instrument cluster changes shape in an elaborate and fancy way. You have to see them in action for yourself:

No wonder Ford can’t keep up with the demand for this car. We’d pay a 100 grand just for these graphics, even though they might prove a little distracting if you change the driving mode on the move. In any case, the Navigator has three terrain and weather-related modes, including Deep conditions for extreme snow and mud, Slippery for wet or icy conditions, and Slow climb, for steep terrain. There are also three “type of ride” modes: Normal, Conserve (efficient) and Excite.









“The beauty of these drive modes is they’re intuitive and easy to use,” said Andrew Kernahan, chief engineer, The Lincoln Motor Company. “You don’t have to know how each drive mode is developed, or adjust suspension settings or powertrain mapping. You just have to turn the dial, and the behavior of the vehicle is modified to fit the conditions or desired experience.”

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PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Aviator

First introduced for the 2003 model year, the Lincoln Aviator was initially offered as a luxury sport utility vehicle for the mid-size segment. After failing to meet sales expectations, Lincoln axed the nameplate in 2005 after just a few years in production. Now, however, as nationwide SUV sales continue onwards into the stratosphere, the Aviator makes its triumphant second-generation return for the 2019 model year. The upcoming model will slot in between the Nautilus and the standard wheelbase Navigator in Lincoln’s lineup, possibly as a replacement for the Lincoln MKT. Unfortunately, we don’t know all the nitty gritty technical specs yet, as Lincoln just debuted a “preview model” at the 2018 New York International Auto Show intended to stoke the flames of interest for an on-sale date sometime next year. Read on for the details released thus far, including the exterior styling, interior tech, and a new hybrid powertrain.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Lincoln Aviator.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Lincoln Navigator Ad Has a Silent Matthew McConaughey and a Hidden Message

So, with all of the past Lincoln\McConaughey commercials and all of the weirdness that ensues, it’s pretty easy to feel disappointed here.
McConaughey is silent and does nothing more than drum on the steering wheel of his new Navigator as he waits for a train to pass. Once the train passes, he presses the button for “D” or drive, casts his typical smile, and drives off; not a word said. Now, everyone seems to be ragging on Lincoln and McConaughey for such a boring commercial. But, what everyone has seemed to miss is that the cabin of that Navigator is so quiet that you can hear McConaughey drumming on his steering wheel.

There’s nothing more to it really, and nothing less – either. Just a guy enjoying his day, drumming on his steering while as he waits for a train to pass. The point is that the cabin is quiet, so check out the advertisement for yourself and let us know what you think!


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Read our full review on the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

PostHeaderIcon Lincoln Nautilus

New driver assistance systems

Introduced in 2006 as a replacement for the Aviator, the Lincoln MKX soldiered on for almost a decade until it was redesigned in 2015. After only two years on the market, the second-generation MKX received its mid-cycle facelift. Launched at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the midsize crossover was renamed the Nautilus, as part of the company’s new strategy that involves dropping alphanumeric badges. Alongside the new name, the crossover also gained an updated front fascia, now inline with most Lincoln vehicles, new technology, and a new engine under the hood.

Lincoln’s decision to rename the MKX isn’t surprising. The midsize is the firm’s best-selling SUV and a vehicle that attracts most new customers from other brands, with nearly 40 percent reportedly crossing over from Cadillac and Lexus. The Nautilus is supposed to build on the momentum of the MKX, which is on track to deliver its best sales year since 2007. But does it have what it takes to give the Cadillac XT5 a run for its money? Find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lincoln Nautilus.

Exterior

  • New front grille
  • New headlamps
  • Revised front bumper
  • More chrome
  • New wheels
  • Updated taillights

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“The Lincoln Nautilus looks like a new vehicle up front, having ditched the MKX's split grille”

The Lincoln Nautilus looks like a new vehicle up front, having ditched the MKX’s split grille for the new one-piece element we’ve already seen on the Continental, Navigator, and MKX. Unlike the old grille, which had horizontal slats, the new one boasts a honeycomb-like mesh and includes the Lincoln badge in the middle. It also has significantly more chrome, which gives the SUV a more upscale look. The headlamps are also new and seem to be based on the Continental’s. They now have a more conventional, almost rectangular shape, a new LED bar at the bottom, and five individual lights above. A pair of thin daytime running lights were added just above the bumper.

The bumper is also new, now sporting more chrome, revised fog lamps, and a revised grille. The shape of the engine hood was modified as well in order to fit the new grille and headlamp layout. The lid no longer runs into the grille, but opens up a couple of inches above, creating the illusion of thick body-colored frame, like on the Bentley Mulsanne.


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“The profile carries over with just a handful of changes”

The profile carries over with just a handful of changes. The front fenders and doors now sport a chrome element with “Nautilus” lettering and Lincoln now offers a new wheel selection. It’s not much, but automakers rarely add more features on a mid-cycle update. The rear end is pretty much the same too. The taillights appear to have a slightly different LED cluster, while the thin red lights just above the bumper are now part of a stripe that stretches the entire width of the apron.

Needless to say, Lincoln uses the term “new” a bit too much for a facelift that doesn’t really go beyond a new grille and new headlamps.

Interior

  • Mildly revised dashboard
  • Updated steering wheel
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Acoustic side glass
  • Wireless charging pad
  • New Black Label theme
  • Optional Ultra Comfort seats
  • New driver assistance systems

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“Lincoln added acoustic side glass to reduce wind noise for rear passengers”

Updates are of the same variety inside the cabin, with nothing major to report in terms of layout and design. The center stack has the same configuration, with just a few buttons added to the right side. The steering wheel appears to have changed a bit too, now sporting a flatter lower spoke and revised controls. The leather-wrapped, hand-stitched steering wheel and the digital, 12.3-inch instrument cluster are among the premium highlights inside the cabin.

Lincoln added acoustic side glass to reduce wind noise for rear passengers, as well as a concealed wireless charging pad as standard. The SYNC 3 infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Options include Ultra Comfort seats with 22-way adjustability, which have been developed with input from orthopedic surgeons for the utmost comfort during long trips. Customers can also choose between 13- and 19-speaker Revel audio systems. The heated and cooled seats are available on the Reserve model.


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“The Black Label trim carries over from the MKX, but Lincoln added a new Gala theme”

The Black Label trim carries over from the MKX, but Lincoln added a new Gala theme (joining the existing Chalet and Thoroughbred options). If you’re not familiar with the Black Label trim, it’s designed for customers looking for a more unique interior. It’s also the most expensive trim, sitting above the Reserve model.

The first theme, Chalet, adds Espresso and Alpine Venetian leather, and deep Silverwood trim, celebrating the “contrasting pleasures of pulse-pounding mountain slopes and the inherent comfort of an après-ski lodge.” Thoroughbred evokes the “distinguished and elite lifestyle of horse racing” with rich Venetian leather, Chilean Maple wood, Alcantara accents, and Jet Black trim. Finally, the new Gala theme is inspired by “haute couture at New York’s Met Gala” and features Carmine leather complemented by Onyx leather, an Alcantara headliner, and Nouveax Armor aluminum accents.


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“The new lane-centering feature helps maintain the vehicle's position in its lane”

More news comes from the driver assistance department, which now includes an all-new lane-centering feature that pairs with adaptive cruise control and stop-and-go to helps maintain the vehicle’s position in its lane. There’s also a new evasive steer assist which uses radar and cameras to analyze the gap between slower-moving or stationary vehicles on the road, helping the driver steer around obstacles. Additional driver-assist technologies include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Information System, active park assist, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping aid, and an auto-hold feature, which relieves the driver from having to hold the brakes in stop-and-go traffic.

Drivetrain

  • New 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 3.7-liter V-6 discontinued
  • 245-horsepower base model
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost with 335 horsepower
  • New eight-speed transmission
  • Standard Auto Start-Stop function

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“The base 3.7-liter V-6 engine was replaced by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger”

More significant changes happened under the hood, where the base 3.7-liter V-6 was replaced by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger. The new unit cranks out 245 horsepower, a 58-horsepower decrease compared to the outgoing V-6. However, the new engine is supposed to return significantly better fuel economy.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost rated at 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque carries over unchanged, so the Nautilus has an all-turbocharged engine lineup.

Lincoln changed the transmission too, replacing the six-speed automatic that was introduced in 2016 with an eight-speed autobox. Both engine options include the Auto Start-Stop function as standard.

Prices


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Pricing information is not yet available, but the Nautilus shouldn’t retail much higher compared to the outgoing MKX. The current model starts from $39,035 in Premier trim, from $46,560 in Reserve trim, and from $54,230 with the Black Label package. Expect the corresponding Nautilus models to start from around $40,000, $48,000, and $56,000, respectively.

Competition

Cadillac XT5


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Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the SRX, the XT5 is the first Cadillac crossover to carry the company’s new nomenclature for SUVs. The midsize is built on the same C1XX platform as the GMC Acadia and borrows styling cues from the company’s CTS and CT6 sedans. The XT5 is arguably one of the most luxurious vehicles in its niche and boasts Cadillac’s latest technology, including a streaming video rear-view mirror and the Electronic Precision Shift. Luxury features include leather, Alcantara, and woodgrain inserts. Unlike the Nautilus, the XT5 has analog gauges on each side of the digital instrument cluster. Only one engine is available in the United States, a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. In China, the XT5 also benefits from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger. The V-6 mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission and is equipped with an automatic stop-start system. All-wheel-drive is optional. Pricing start from $40,390, but the range-topping Platinum trim costs $63,890 before options.

Read our full story of the 2018 Cadillac XT5.

Conclusion


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The midsize SUV may have gained a new name, but the Nautilus is nothing more than just a mid-cycle facelift to the MKX. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I think Lincoln should have waited for the next-generation model to introduce the new nameplate. Renaming the facelifted MKX is just another sign that Lincoln is desperate to regain its former glory and become a solid competitor for the Cadillac. Needless to say, the Nautilus brings a few cool features to the MKX, but I’m afraid the midsize SUV is not yet ready to give the Cadillac XT5 a run for its money.

  • Leave it
    • * Just a moderate facelift with a new name
    • * Still a long way off from competing with Cadillac

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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Dear Lincoln and BMW, Please Stop Being So Pathetic

Man, this has been a rough week. Automotive-wise. The Los Angeles Auto Show sucked on so many levels. I haven’t seen so many crossovers in one place since the Soccer Mom Annual Meeting. Oh wait, that doesn’t sound right. Give me a minute here… Since the… uhm… wait, I got it… since the… Ah, screw it, I’m not in a mood for jokes. It just sucks! Then there’s the Urus, which isn’t a real Lamborghini and everyone gets excited as if they just launched the second-generation Miura. Do millennials even know what a Miura is? But the worst thing about this year’s L.A. show is that some automakers were set to remind me that press releases have more bullshit than a dairy farm.

Stop calling mild facelifts “brand-new,” you half-baked hippies! You’re not fooling anyone.

Yeah, they’re at it again. Especially Lincoln and BMW. The American brand, which is struggling to stay afloat these days, just launched a mid-cycle facelift for the MKC with a new front grille. That’s it, a new grille! And they call it “new” with a “commanding new design.” Hello?! It’s a new grille, not a new car. Now repeat after me: a new grille doesn’t make the entire car new. But wait, there’s more. Lincoln also introduced the Nautilus, a brand-new SUV according to the company’s PR division. Except it’s not new. It’s the MKX with a new grille and a new name. Hey, I like the fact that you’re using actual names now Lincoln, but it’s not a brand-new car! I can’t change my name and pretend I’m a new person. Okay, I can actually do that, but I may be spending my final years in a nuthouse. And trust me, the nuthouse isn’t good for business; there’s no room for a car production line in there.

But Lincoln isn’t the only company pretending customers are stupid. BMW also called the facelifted i8 new. Sure, the Roadster version is new indeed, but the coupe is identical to the car launched in 2014, save for the wheels, mildly revised headlamps and taillights, and the 12 extra horsepower. This is the most pathetic facelift I’ve seen in years. It’s not a new car, just a BRAND-NEW way to be lazy and pathetic! Go home BMW; you’re drunk!

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Read our full review on the 2019 Lincoln MKC.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Revealed As the New MKX

Lincoln Motor company realized that in order to refresh their image and get their mid-size SUV a boost, they need more than just a facelft. So they changed the name too. What you hitherto knew as the MKX will be called from here on after the Lincoln Nautilus. The recipe, however, is pretty much the same. 

With the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus you get a unique looking family SUV with excellent build quality and an old-school kind of approach to luxury. There is a ton of leather and wood and other good stuff inside the cabin, and outside you get a healthy dose of chrome and other shiny bits. The new design is a lot tamer though, in the sense that the size of the grille and the lights are within the normal range. The whole thing, in fact, looks quite neat and tidy.

Lincoln Nautilus sets itself apart not just by virtue of a unique design, but also special features. The SUV features acoustic side glass for less noise indie the cabin, Ultra Comfort seats can be adjusted up to 22 ways, a 19-speaker Revel sound system, concealed wireless charging pad, leather-wrapped, hand-stitched steering wheel is mounted ahead of a 12.3-inch fully configurable digital instrument cluster, and SYNC 3 infotainment system. The engine lineup includes a powerful 2.7-liter engine that delivers an estimated 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 245-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both engines include standard Auto Start-Stop capability, plus an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Those who want their Nautilus even more special should go for the Black Label trim. This high end model offers three luxury themes. Thoroughbred adds Venetian leathers, Chilean Maple wood, Alcantara accents and Jet Black trim. Gala, inspired by haute couture at New York’s Met Gala, features seats draped in a deeply hued and elegant Carmine leather complemented by Onyx leather and an Alcantara headliner as well as Nouveax Armor aluminum accents. And Chalet, inspired by the comfort of an après-ski lodge, brings Espresso and Alpine Venetian leathers and deep Silverwood appliqués.






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