When patents are applied for in China, they soon appear in the publications of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. That’s why these images of the 2024 Lincoln Nautilus surfaced today. Lincoln is doing a new design to replace the previous Nautilus, which debuted in 2018. Being a tweener, meaning between the Navigator and Corsair, it needs to stick out. That, or at least mimic the visual cues of his brothers. Thus, the new Nautilus 2024.
How did Lincoln improve the Nautilus?
Overall, the new design gets sharper and removes the emphasis placed on the fenders from the previous version. The design line below the belt line is sharp and runs along the side. But Ford’s fender vent that has been prominent on many of its designs, including the F-series trucks, simply floats on both the fender and the door. It’s just this thing attached to the Nautilus.
But look, Ford designers had to do the nautilus distinct from its Ford Edge origins. So why not stick this little thing on him? So kudos to those designers. At least the little thing looks like it’s doing something. We don’t know what that is, which adds a bit of mystery to it.
Does the Lincoln Nautilus look different from its Ford Edge origins?
Up front, it gains a Corsair grille and emboldens the trend for skinny LED headlights. They even seem to keep running through the grille, so this illuminated detail defines the front end. At least at night.
It looks like a glossy black as an accent color denoting the top of the line. The black color covers everything that bolts onto the Nautilus, like the grill, wheels, rockers, and that little thing on the sides. Especially, against the white paint of the Nautilus subject, it creates a striking contrast.
In the rear, we can’t bring you much beyond what is. What is? Well, the somewhat generic taillight extension with the manufacturer’s name affixed to it so that when it lights up it announces who built it. That’s probably a good thing because otherwise you might mistake it for a Rivian or an Audi Q8. Maybe when you turn on the taillights it will put on a Disney light show.
When will the Lincoln Nautilus debut in the US?
But this is reckoned to be what buyers in this tweener segment crave. And we’re sure Ford has the clinics to show that it’s what everyone wants. However, the “everyone” Lincoln targets the new Nautilus may not be in this country.
Because this has been requested in China, that’s where this Nautilus is headed. But you may see changes before it launches in the US As always, Ford isn’t saying one way or the other. Ford designs for certain regions, and China and the US are nowhere near each other.
What is most curious is that Ford will not make its Edge move forward. And the only business case these models make is production numbers. So, the more variations that occur, the greater the production possibilities. With Edge out of the US, this new Nautilus may never make it here.
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