Lincoln has turned to Los Angeles, the makeover capital of the world, to bring facelifts—and a new name—to a couple of its crossovers in an effort to inject more life into its lineup.

At the LA Auto Show, the automaker unveiled the kinda, sorta new 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, a refreshed version of the MKX SUV. It’s the latest step for Lincoln to use actual, meaningful names for vehicles after it moved to almost all MK-something monikers several years ago.

The Nautilus name is in league with the Navigator name of Lincoln’s full-size SUV, and it fits in with the automaker’s history of other exploration-oriented names. The Nautilus is based on the Ford Edge SUV, redesigned for the 2015 model year.

Beyond the new name, the Nautilus gets a revamped grille that’s very similar to the brand’s flagship Continental sedan, that helps build the family feel.

See the complete coverage of the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Both of the Nautilus engines are turbocharged; the more powerful of the two is a 2.7-liter engine that produces 335 horsepower. There’s also a 245-horsepower 2.0-liter choice; both have standard stop/start functionality, and both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 3.7-liter V6 that the MKX used to offer is no longer offered.

Lincoln has added new safety features to the Nautilus, including a lane-centering feature. It monitors the road using radar and cameras to guide it, and the system works with the adaptive cruise control system. The Nautilus also gets evasive steer assist, which allows the SUV to steer around a vehicle stopped in front if the system determines a collision is likely and can’t be avoided by braking alone.  

2019 Lincoln Nautilus interior

Our testers at CR like the most recent MKX: They found it to be a quiet, refined, and high-tech vehicle. The only knock was its rather unimpressive fuel economy. They found it fun to drive, with a steady and composed ride.

Read the complete Lincoln MKX road test.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus rear

2019 Lincoln MKC

2019 Lincoln MKC

The MKC adds a forward-collision warning system with pedestrian detection. Beyond that, the 2019 MKC should drive a lot like the 2018 version. The upcoming version has the same two engine offerings:

  • A turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that makes 285 horsepower. It can tow up to 3,000 pounds when properly equipped.
  • The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter engine delivers 245 horsepower.

In CR testing, we found that the last generation MKC fell short of the leaders in its segment. While it’s plenty powerful, the 2.3-liter engine returned just 19 mpg overall in our tests. That, combined with the small gas tank, results in a short cruising range. It’s got a quiet cabin, plush trim, easy access, and decent rear-seat room enhance livability, but its rear visibility is limited.

Read the complete Lincoln MKC road test.