Making good on its promise to expand into China, Lincoln took the wraps off its MKX Concept this weekend in Beijing. The presentation at Auto China 2014 marked the first time the division had ever revealed a concept outside of the U.S. Jim Farley, executive vice president, global Ford marketing, sales and service and Lincoln, confirmed the MKX Concept "hints at a global SUV that will become the third of four all-new Lincoln vehicles due by 2016." Farley went on to say this striking one-off embodies a design direction that captures the essence of the brand: "warm and inviting, beautifully styled, and with the promise of engaging technologies that appeal to a younger luxury consumer in a global market."
Based on Ford Edge Architecture
Although a production version of this premium mid-size crossover will share the architecture of the next-gen Ford Edge shown in concept form last November in Los Angeles, the exterior treatment is unique to Lincoln. The trim, well-tailored appearance reflects a tasteful evolution of the contemporary design language seen in the compact 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover. The look starts with a signature split grille that consists of horizontal bars flanked by slim-line LED headlamps. Its sporty "teardrop" silhouette is complemented by a full panoramic glass roof, a floating side rocker molding and 21-inch machine-finished alloy wheels. Rounding out the look are equally sleek full-width taillights, prominent dual exhausts and a functional roof spoiler. To emphasize its potential for at least light-duty off-road action, the Lincoln MKX Concept also features a faux front skidplate, raised ground clearance and protective wheel-arch reinforcements.
A full production version of the 2016 Lincoln MKX is expected to arrive in showrooms here sometime next year. Still no word as to when or where its formal U.S. reveal will be held.
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