The shell of Lincoln’s Nautilus remains the same for the 2021 model year, but the interior receives healthy upgrades in form of an upgraded infotainment system and expanded color choices.
The current 2020 Nautilus’ center stack makes do with a 8.0-inch touchscreen that’s integrated with Ford’s SYNC 3 system. 2021 models receive a 13.2-inch LCD touchscreen running the SYNC 4 system, the newest generation of Ford’s infotainment software. The 2020 model embedded its screen into the dash; the 2021 mounts it upright on the center stack for a much cleaner, more impressive look. The rest of the dash features strong horizontal lines that Lincoln proclaims encourage a calm, settled feel.
The infotainment upgrade also supports the use of a phone to unlock and start the vehicle instead of a key, though this is an add-on option. The system responds to over-the-air updates and voice commands.
Two new interior choices for non-Black Label models appear for 2021: Sandstone and Black Ebony with Roast accents.
If you’re familiar with Lincoln’s Black Label offerings, however, you’ll know such a customer does not simply pick a color. There are, instead, broad color and texture packages known as themes, carrying names like Thoroughbred, Gala, and Chalet. Chalet, available on the 2020 Nautilus, carries over with its black-and-white scheme, which incorporates quilted leather seats and black wood trim. Flight, which won’t be available until next year, comprises a pairing of black and tan leather with horizontal seat stitching.
Three new exterior colors join the fold, as well: Asher Grey, Green Gem, and Lincoln Flight Blue.
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus and its gussied-up interior will arrive in North American dealerships early 2021.