As I think of the lush forests, picturesque sunrises, and coastal waters of the hidden paradise that is Tofino British-Columbia, one sentence comes to mind that best describes my time on the west coast: Keep going. words said longtime product plans manager, Jim, during the scotch tasting at our first night at the Wickaninnish Inn. He was, at the time, simply giving me, and the other invited members of the media, direction on how to manoeuvre the island, but his words made me reflect on how Lincoln, now with an impressive five vehicle lineup, continues to outdo itself. The 2019 Nautilus, Lincoln's latest addition to its luxury fleet, exceeds limitations and goes the distance.
Flight delays prevented me and other guests by way of Montreal from experiencing Lincoln’s full itinerary, but it did not impede the sheer illation of having access to Lincoln’s full line-up all to ourselves once we arrived at our destination in Tofino. 2019 models of the Lincoln Continental, MKC, MKZ, Navigator, and Nautilus were all lined up, and ready to go.
The first generation Nautilus looks like what I would imagine a Lincoln midsize SUV to be. The car's exterior has embraced the sleek sporty design of the MKZ on a larger body. Staying true to the Lincoln luxury aesthetic, the Nautilus greets the key holder as he approaches the vehicle, something which proved useful on those dark Tofino nights. The SUV also has a panoramic roof, led headlights, and illuminated Lincoln welcome mat.
2019 Lincoln Nautilus interior
Up to this point, I had had the luxury of being behind the wheel of several Lincoln vehicles. What I appreciate most about the American Luxury nameplate is its attention to detail. All vehicle touchscreens are how they should be: responsive. All the settings you would need are at your fingertips. Everything from selecting a media source, to set a destination on the cars built-in GPS system is completely user-friendly. The decision to have the most essential climate and volume controls available on the centre console in tandem with the touchscreen is appreciated. By next year, Lincoln is teaming up with Ways®, a contender for the best navigational system available.
Sure I may have been well equipped to make my way around Tofino with the Nautilus’s GPS built-in GPS system, but I was on a mission to discover Tofino the same way I was to discover the features of Lincoln’s newest additions, I have never found such joy in getting lost.
The sheer amount of driving-assist options offered in the Lincoln Models is outstanding. Dubbed the Copilot 360® The car is rigged from front-to-back with sensors geared towards ensuring a safe trip. From blind-side assistance, adaptive cruise control, rear view camera, pre-collision detection, and the new evasive steering assist, Lincoln has proven yet again to take safety seriously.
As I made my way to Tofino’s main street, I was impressed at how smooth the 8 speed- SelectShift ® Automatic Transmission felt as the car’s 2.0L Turbo-Charged I-4 250 hp engine was put to the test.
The Familiarity of being in Canada is felt in Tofino. It is met by the illuminating feeling of seeing what this country has to offer. From the Long beaches, oceanside views, and 800-year-old trees are sights rarely seen by anyone living north of the border. The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus shares many traits with Tofino. It offers a familiar ride; One that shows how far Lincoln has come, and how far it can go.