Al Tayer Motors has launched the new Nautilus with a starting price of Dh199,395 and it joins the burgeoning midsize luxury SUV market with some pretty nifty features not to mention a bold exterior which should help set it apart from its rivals.
Now on display at the brand new Lincoln facility at Al Ittihad Road (along with showrooms in the Northern Emirates and Premier Motors showrooms in Abu Dhabi), Ford’s luxury arm’s newest entry replaces the MKX (and its alphanumerical name) and packs a plethora of kit including a new turbocharged engine lineup along with a standard suite of advanced technologies that offer the driver plenty of assistance from all angles. Indeed, the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 - which uses cameras and radar to enhance a driver’s capabilities and which comes as standard on the new SUV - bundles several driver-assist features which were earlier only available as separate options. These include blind spot information system, cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, auto high beams, lane-keeping system and a rearview camera. Extra available options come in the form of evasive steer assist which provides drivers with steering support to help avoid collisions with a slow or stopped vehicle if a potential accident can’t be mitigated by braking alone and lane centering technology which detects lane markings on the road to help keep the vehicle centered.
The five-seater also comes standard with leather upholstery and Ultra Comfort seats - with lumbar massage and heated and cooled functions for the driver and front passenger (standard on Reserve models) - can be adjusted up to 22 ways while a choice of either 13-speaker or 19-speaker Revel audio system is available. It also gets a push-button gear shift, leather-wrapped and hand-stitched steering wheel and a 12.3in fully configurable digital instrument cluster. You can stay connected too via an available concealed wireless charging pad and you get Sync 3 with Apple CarPlay and it has USB and SD card ports, Bluetooth, dual-zone A/C, keyless entry with starter button and a power-operated tailgate while some of the standard safety features include Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control, front and side airbags, Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags with rollover detection, hill start assist, tyre pressure monitor and ABS.
Power is supplied by a new turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 with direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing that makes 335 horsepower and 515Nm of torque. There is also a standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo producing 250 horsepower and both motors are mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Rounding it all off is the bold exterior with the standout feature being the latest Lincoln grille design. The taillights and bumper also have been redesigned and a new wheel selection is available.
“The new Nautilus joins the stylish MKZ, the elegant Continental, the compact MKC, and the full-size Navigator for a lineup of vehicles instantly recognisable as Lincoln,” said Sarah Rae, director, Lincoln Middle East. “Nautilus brings with it a new turbocharged engine lineup, an array of sophisticated technologies designed to inspire driver confidence, and we’re excited to bring it to our customers in the region.”
Prices for the Nautilus include 5 per cent VAT and start from Dh199,395 for the base trim, and go up to Dh225,645 for the Select trim while the top spec Reserve has a tag of Dh262,395.