2016 Lincoln MKX crossover has global aspirations

By Bob Nagy on January 13, 2015 11:01 AM

Looking to extend the global reach of Ford's luxury division, the all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX made its world debut in Detroit. While a number of product details have yet to be finalized, we now have a far better idea of what to expect when the vehicle launches here next fall prior to turning up in China, Canada, the Middle East, Mexico and South Korea. Beyond its striking appearance, the makeover raises the performance, handling and refinement of this this upscale mid-size crossover. The 2016 MKX also places greater emphasis on personal luxury touches, introducing new options like 22-way power seats with massage function, the first-ever automotive application of a premium Revel sound system and four different variations of the division's exclusive Black Label trim configurations. 

Retaining most of the exterior design cues found on the MKX Concept presented last spring in Beijing, this new Lincoln is unquestionably the best-looking vehicle to ever wear an MKX badge. Clean, elegant lines and well-integrated details impart a far stronger sense of presence which is further reinforced by chiseled fascia contours. The production model also sports best take yet on the Lincoln's signature split-wing grille and dramatic lighting treatments - which for the first time include available full LED headlamps that feature speed-sensitive adaptive beam patterns. 

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Upgraded interior

The roomy cabin in the 2016 Lincoln MKX benefits from the redesign, matching generous space for five and their cargo with a richer, better-finished and far-better-isolated character. Like its compact MKC cousin, the MKX also features a push-button gear selector that helps create a more open overall feel. An available embedded modem ensures constant connectivity while the downloadable MyLincoln Mobile app that interacts with the owner's smartphone to perform a variety of functions from locking/unlocking to locating the vehicle in a crowded parking lot and remote starting. 

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Aimed at demanding audiophiles, a new 19-speaker/20-channel Revel Ultima sound system is standard issue on top-line MKX Black Label models and optional on the Reserve. Those willing to settle for a merely brilliant alternative can step up to a 13-speaker Revel system on the MKX Select and Reserve trims. New comfort, convenience and safety standards on this versatile Lincoln include pre-collision assist that can automatically apply the brakes when it senses a potential impact and Auto Hold that keeps the MKX from creeping ahead in stopped traffic. The expanded option roster now boasts a 360-degreee camera and enhanced park assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping system, a blind spot information system, cross-traffic alert and a height-adjustable hands-free power liftgate.

High performance EcoBoost power 

The 2016 Lincoln MKX is based a new Ford global platform that also underpins the new 2015 Ford Edge and Ford Fusion. In addition to a notably stronger core structure, the new MKX features a sophisticated suspension design that includes standard energy-saving electric power steering and offers multi-mode (Normal/Sport/Comfort) Lincoln Drive Control as well as adaptive steering as options. Available in front-drive or with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, the 2016 MKX offers the choice of two engines. The standard powerplant is the familiar 3.7-liter naturally aspirated Ti-VCT V6 that projected to make 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, but the hottest underhood offering will be the new 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that's slated to crank out 330+ ponies and over 370 lb-ft of peak torque - figures that should make the new MKX a good deal more attractive to enthusiasts. Both engines will be backed by a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. We should learn more about the 2016 Lincoln MKX's pricing, packaging and final EPA number in the coming months.

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