Lincoln Teases Nautilus Before Los Angeles Debut

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Lincoln is looking to spice things up with a new naming scheme that ditches acronyms for actual names.

[Editor’s Note: After our post went live, the Facebook page Chris Doane Automotive leaked details about the Lincoln that confirm the new Nautilus name as a replacement for the MKX.]

The first major auto show of the 2018 season actually takes place in 2017, and it’s just a day away. The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is set to kick off on Dec. 1 and is already generating a good buzz ahead of its grand opening. Although Lincoln has already shown an updated 2019 MKC model that will be on display in L.A., the company has been teasing something more. Tweets from Lincoln and various media members seem to hint that a new SUV will also make its debut this week in Southern California.

Not too long ago we at Ford Truck Enthusiasts brought you a video clip of a 2019 Ford Explorer doing high-altitude testing in the mountains of Colorado. As it turns out, that camouflaged vehicle might actually have been a new Lincoln SUV in disguise. The photo you see above was published on Twitter, and despite the oversized white sheet covering the entire body, it’s easy to see a Continental-ish headlight housing.

Prior rumors and a tweet today confirmed that this new crossover will sport an actual name instead of the current “MK_” format. Could it be an Aviator? Blackwood? Or perhaps an entirely new name that has never been used by the brand?

This new model is sure to replace one of the existing Lincoln SUVs, either the current Lincoln MKX or possibly even the Explorer-based Lincoln MKT. Either way, this new vehicle is sure to offer enough substantial differences to warrant a big debut and all the secrecy we have seen thus far. Which engines will it sport? Most likely the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. Will there be a super-luxury Black Label version? You can count on it. We should have more details tomorrow as Lincoln posted the teaser below with a date of 11/28/17 for the official launch.

Stay tuned for more as we bring you all the breaking news from the 2017 L.A. Auto Show, including details on this new Lincoln SUV.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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