Report: Lincoln Nautilus, Ford Edge Discontinued In 202309/02/2021
The Ford Edge and its more luxurious platform mate, the Lincoln Nautilus, apparently aren’t long for this world. This is not news that should surprise you, as the two-row crossovers are getting on in years. The Edge, in particular, doesn’t have the refinement or interior class as its competitors. The equally old Nautilus, however, just got a significant reworking that seriously improved it in our eyes, especially inside. It’s still not as great as newer Lincoln products, but its engine lineup is strong and the interior is properly luxurious.
If the latest report from Automotive News is accurate, buyers only have a short time to discover the upgraded Nautilus’ charms. The publication claims that the Edge and Nautilus, both built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, will die so that future EVs may be built there. Ford had previously announced that Oakville would retool for electric vehicles, but it wasn’t explicitly clear that this would spell the end of the line for the two crossovers. We do know that Ford Mustang Mach-E production will eventually land there when it goes into its next generation.
Ford has a lot of fresher product to fill the gap these two-row SUVs will leave behind—particularly in the size segment just below the Edge’s size class, such as the Escape, Bronco Sport, and Mach-E. So too do the excellent Corsair and Aviator somewhat overshadow the Nautilus, as good as it has gotten. It’s possible that Ford could directly replace both two-row midsize crossovers with something, but perhaps both lineups just continue on without. Maybe EVs built at Oakville? At this point, it’s unclear, and Ford has yet to even confirm the death of the Edge and Nautilus to us, although we’ve asked.
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