This exciting new vehicle is the first ever crossover from Lincoln and has a distinctive, breathtaking design, as well as all of the amenities you would expect to find on a Lincoln.
The new Lincoln MKX is quite unique because its elegant design is combined with a sporty stance. It is provided with a powerful engine, adaptive headlamps that move with the steering wheel, a panoramic glass roof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, 14-speaker THX II audio system and DVD-based navigation.
Being a five-passenger CUV, Lincoln MKX is powered by a fuel-efficient 3.5 liter engine with a class-leading 6-speed transmission and fully independent suspension. On sale in late 2006, it appeals to a new generation of luxury buyers by its elegant shape and luxurious comfortable interior.
Modern Lincoln Design
Lincoln MKX’s athletic stance is given by its pronounced wheel lips and short overhangs. The high beltline is defined by a stroke of chromed trim that can cap broad shoulders, too. Black rocker panels plant the vehicle to the ground, emphasizing the standard 18-inch wheels and tires. The side marker lights are cut into a simple, clean fascia and bend around to the side of the car. The chrome-ringed fog lamps are integrated into the lower fascia.
New Lincolns for New Luxury Customers
Today’s luxury CUV buyers want the same style, refinement, fuel economy and carlike ride and handling that they experienced in luxury sedans. While customers prefer the style of the CUV, they don’t need all of the extra space and towing capability of traditional SUVs.
Lincoln MKX will advance Lincoln’s lineup moving into new markets and reaching out a new generation of Lincoln customers.
Lincoln lightning offers the perfect balance between art and functionality by its modern design. The adaptive front lightning system in the headlamps consists in motor-driven halogen low beams that swivel around curves based on steering wheel input. When cornering, the headlamps can illuminate a stretch of road up to 36 feet longer than the conventional headlights. The functional elegance of the lightning system is also given by its 16 light-emitting diodes (LEDs), eight outboard and eight inboard which flank the Lincoln star. The result is an edge-to-edge band of illumination across the width of the liftgate.
Lincoln MKX’s modern identity is given by its comfortable and elegant interior. Its interior is the quietest one. In addition to conventional sound-absorbing techniques such as thicker dash pad, laminated windshield and thicker side glass, Lincoln MKX blends unique materials for further reduction in road noise. A constrained-layer barrier is fused to the rear wheel houses, and sound-deadening material is welded behind exterior trim panels.
The interior design is offered by a sweeping panel flowing into a clean, well-organized center stack. The door panels are made of wood and satin. Interior controls are bathed in Lincoln’s cool-white light for a pleasing nighttime cabin experience.
Removable dividers in the center console allow customers adapt their storage space for anything from laptop computers to handbags and CDs. The center console is also featured with an available concealed power point and an MP3 audio jack. The console can be also provided with a phone and MP3 player cords.
Powerful, Refined and Efficient
The all new 3.5 liter DOHC V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission debut on Lincoln MKX, specifically tuned for effortless performance as needed as a cohesive unit for refined performance, enhanced noise, vibration and harshness characteristics and good fuel economy.
A strong, lightweight, die-cast aluminum block and lightweight four-valve direct-acting, mechanical-bucket valvetrain allow smooth, refined operation at high engine speeds. The intake is designed as a system from the throttle body to the intake valves. This incorporates a dual-premium intake manifold and intake variable cam timing to ensure a smooth idle and broad torque curve for improved power. The emissions are reduced by a 10.3:1 compression ratio and improved close-compled catalysts. The advanced 6-speed automatic transmission uses a wide 6.04:1 gear ratio, helping deliver 7 percent better fuel economy on the highway than a 4-speed automatic. Multiple clutches make the shifts be smoother and refined.
Tuned for Corners and Comfort
Lincoln MKX’s wide stance, 4-wheel independent suspension and the brand’s well-honed driving dynamics DNA make it the best example of effortless driving performance. Its unibody construction provides a strong basis for the 4-wheel independent suspension. The MacPherson-strut front suspension is mounted to an isolated subframe that uses hydro-bushings to reduce unwanted steering wheel vibration. A four-link independent rear suspension uses stamped steel control blades and monotube shocks for precise suspensions tuning.
Its surprisingly interior spaciousness defines the sleek exterior shape. The front seats have 8-way power adjustment, power lumber for both driver and passenger, and available heated and cooled features. The second row is sure to make all occupants comfortable with available heated seats, impressive head-room and best-in-class legroom. Moreover, the 60/40 split second row features impressive reclining angles of up to 15 degrees. It also folds and pivots in one fluid movement, either by the seat-mounted lever or a unique Easy Fold remote switch accessible from the liftgate. Lincoln MKX offers 68.7 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded.
Vista Roof lets in Mother Nature
Vista Roof available in Lincoln MKX brings stress relief on the congestioned roads, through its unique outward view and open-air freedom.
Vista Roof features a large 27.3-by 29.4 inch forward sunroof with a one-touch-open switch for vent and tilt-and-slide operations. Dual power sunshades operate concurrently when the driver wants to block out glare. Meanwhile, the fixed 15.75-by 31.3-inch rear moon roof gives rear-seat viewers an outside view too
DVD and THX Innovation
The new Lincoln MKX is provided with a new DVD-based navigation system with a 6.5-inch wide screen and a text-to-speech technology that recites travel directions in English, Spanish or French.
The passenger can enjoy the DVD entertainment system with a drop-down 8-inch screen. The available THX II-Certified surround-sound audio system has 14 speakers, including 2 subwoofers with 600 watts of power and a sophisticated processor that inputs bandwidth, peak audio levels and coverage uniformity. Lincoln also offers optional factory-installed SIRIUS satellite radio.
The rear shocks are mounted outboard and behind the wheel center to enhance ride and handling. Lincoln MKX comes standard with 4-wheel disc brakes and an anti-lock braking system.
Safety and Security
The Lincoln MKX is provided with an exclusive standard Advance Trac with roll Stability Control active safety system which enables better control when the crossover is driven in a daring manner. Roll Stability Control allows each system to work efficiently, having an improved side-slip control and enhanced roll stability control.
Six standard air bags, including front side-impact, front and side-curtain air bags enhance crash protection. The steering wheel, knee bolsters and glove box are all energy-absorbing components. The driver seat has a seat position sensor while the passenger seat has an occupant classification sensor which both are equipped with load-limiting safety belts and pretensioners.
There are multiple layers of protection for occupants in side impacts which include solid unibody construction with crossmember ladder frames, a reinforced greenhouse, energy-absorbing side door trim, seat-mounted side air bags and Safety Canopy system with rollover detection and extended-duration side curtain air bags.
The safety system is provided with an onboard safety computer which determines whether to deploy the passenger air bags and at what level. There are also the so called “load cells” which determine whether the seat is occupied and whether the safety belt is being used.
What is more regarding safety, the vehicle is provided with side-impact intrusion beams which add further protection to occupants. In frontal collisions, bumper-to-bumper flow-through rails help distribute energy away from occupants. A load-limiting decoupling driveshaft adds another measure of safety.
Personal security Computer crash modeling helped design a safer MKX
The engineering and design departments use a crash simulation software to build a virtual vehicle. These departments have made a multitude of virtual crash tests by giving specific properties to each of the components. Then the virtual vehicle is crashed into a virtual barrier. By examining the data, safety engineers can predict how the vehicle will perform in a real-life crash. On the other hand through the use of computer simulation, safety engineers are able to solve potential safety problems before any vehicles are crash tested. For example the computer simulation showed a problem with the middle B-pillar to rocker panel integrity during side-impact testing. Sin ce they knew that the area was sensitive to shearing, they designed a reinforcing ring that was added around the area where the safety belt retractor attaches to the floor at the B-pillar to strengthen it.
The design of the Lincoln MKX’s interior door trim panel was also safety driven. The computer modeled a door panel that would help reduce injuries in the event of a side impact. Computer crash test modeling has come a long way in the last five years. More detailed models have been created with the help of the computer aided design technology.