The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is a very evasive luxury SUV

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is a very evasive luxury SUV

It activates when the driver initiates an evasive maneuver, then provides physical guidance using the steering wheel’s electric assist that can be overridden simply by turning it harder. Lincoln says it won’t try to make any moves on its own and always remains under the driver’s control.

The “MK”-plus-ostensibly-random-letter naming convention is going away, replaced by actual words built around the theme of “journeying.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but we’ll almost certainly find out in short order.

Ford’s efforts to return its Lincoln division to luxury relevance have brought some interesting differentiators — from valet service appointments for all models to complimentary dining for some. One more is nigh: real vehicle names, not the alphanumeric designations that plague most luxury brands. Witness the Nautilus, debuting at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, a mid-size SUV that will replace the MKX this spring.

The MKC received a minor update, as well, but now was not the time to change its name, Galhotra said. Promoting a new name takes time and resources, and Lincoln wants to do the vehicles one at a time. “We had to make a choice,” he said. “We didn’t want to take on two of them at the same time. We will do the MKC soon.”

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is a very evasive luxury SUV

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