Lincoln’s expansion is now in full swing after parent company Ford announced its plan to triple the luxury brand’s sales volume by 2020. That’s the long-term goal. The short-term goal is for Lincoln to continue its full-court press in China, which it hopes will account for the majority of its sales. The arrival of the new MKZ and MKC in China were the first steps. Now comes another step; the launch of the new MKX crossover.

The American brand gave us a glimpse on what the new MKX is going to look like with the debut of the [2014 MKX Concept Crossover at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show and the big question was how much of the production MKX will draw inspiration from the concept version. The answer at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, where Lincoln removed the veil from the 2016 MKX, was that the production crossover mirrors the study in many aspects, which is a good thing considering the nameplate was in dire need of a makeover following the poor sales numbers of 2013 and 2014. Find out what the 2016 MKX is all about in the review below.

Updated 01/13/2015: Lincoln unveiled the all-new 2016 MKX at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and announced sales will begin this fall. Click past the jump for the new details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Lincoln MKX.

  • 2016 Lincoln MKX
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    300
  • Torque @ RPM:
    280
  • Displacement:
    3.7 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    39000
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Exterior

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As with most recent Lincolns, the redesigned MKX represents a significant departure previous model in terms of exterior design

As with most recent Lincolns, the redesigned MKX represents a significant departure previous model in terms of exterior design. The SUV received the brand’s new corporate look, which incorporates the split-wing grille, blade-like headlamps and a more elegant profile. These changes give the Lincoln MKX well-balanced proportions as opposed to the previous generation’s rather boxy appearance.

Also sportier and more dynamic than its predecessor, the 2016 MKX showcases a sloping roof, muscular rear fenders, wraparound taillights and a revised rear apron, which now features larger, rectangular exhaust tips. Most of these features were first seen on the 2014 MKX Concept, a study suspected of being of the production-ready variety from day one.

Interior

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The overall layout is still based on the Ford Fusion’s, something Lincoln should’ve discarded with this redesign

Much like the exterior, the interior of the MKX has also been revised to incorporate styling cues and features previously seen on recently unveiled products. The refined surfaces, the soft leathers, and the updated safety and technology features keep the MKX fresh for the demanding luxury crossover segment it competes in. Every inch of the cabin that’s not wood or metal is covered in acres of high-grade leather. Power front seats with 22 directions of adjustment and a premium Revel audio system are the main highlights of the options list.

The list of standard convenience features is impressive, now including a 360-degree camera system, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, pre-collision assist, and cross-traffic alert. However, the MKX is far from perfect on the inside, as most of the revisions in the dashboard area are more of the facelift variety. As a result, the overall layout is still based on the Ford Fusion’s, something Lincoln should’ve discarded with this redesign.

Drivetrain

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Needless to say, the drivetrain offering is rather peculiar, as the two V-6 engines are differentiated by only 30 ponies

Under the hood, the MKX can be equipped with a choice of two engines and either two- or all-wheel-drive. Engine options include the familiar 3.7-liter V-6 rated at more than 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and a 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V-6 that promises to crank out at least 330 ponies and 370 pound-feet. Both mills mate to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Needless to say, the drivetrain offering is rather peculiar, as the two V-6 engines are differentiated by only 30 ponies. The reason why Lincoln decided to keep the 3.5-liter V-6 for the MKX is a mystery, but it probably has something to do with not wanting to sell the crossover with just one engine. Paying a premium for the 2.7-liter EcoBoost is a no-brainer if you ask me, especially since it’s powerful enough leave the Cadillac SRX behind. I have a hunch the 3.5-liter V-6 will be shown the door as soon as a facelift is developed.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 3.7-liter V-6 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6
Output 300 HP 330 HP
Torque 280 LB-FT 370 LB-FT
Transmission six-speed automatic six-speed automatic

Prices

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With the current MKX priced from $38,900, I expect the updated SUV’s sticker to climb closer to $40,000. That would make it nearly $3,000 more expensive than the Cadillac SRX, a six-year old model that’s set to receive a redesign for the 2016 model year.

Competitors

Cadillac SRX

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The Lincoln MKX it’s reentering a market that will include a familiar rival in Cadillac and its SRX crossover. A shared similarity with three-letter nomenclatures aside, the MKX and the SRX should make for good rivals. The Cadillac SRX is admittedly due for an update, seeing as some of its sedan counterparts have already gotten theirs.

But the current SRX still received some upgrades, especially the interior. The engine, however, remains the same, which really isn’t a bad thing. It’s still the same 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that produces 308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to propel the SRX to 60 mph in a little over seven seconds to go with a top speed of 117 mph, but the V-6 is inferior to the 2.7-liter EcoBoost in terms of output and fuel economy.

The SRX retails from $37,605 and goes all the way up to $58,150 for 2015, its final year on the market in current form.

Lexus RX

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The Lexus NX may be getting all the publicity these days, but the RX still takes the baton as Lexus’ rival to the redesigned MKX. It would’ve been nice if Lexus also gave the RX the ridiculous styling of the NX, but we assume that it’ll come sooner than later. For now, the current RX retains its old style, albeit with a few changes, including the incorporation of Lexus’ new spindle grille and the adoption of LED daytime running lights as standard on most of the lineup.

Under its hood, the RX will continue to use a 3.5-liter, DOHC V-6 that produces 270 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. It’s obviously as powerful as the MKX and the SRX, but the RX should still hit 60 mph in 7.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 112 mph. The Japanese SUV is the most expensive of the bunch with a sticker set at $40,970.

Conclusion

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The Lincoln MKX has been a rather poor performer on the luxury market in recent years, with sales having dropped below the 25,000-unit mark in both 2013 and 2014. While in 2015 it is likely to follow the same trend, the launch of the redesigned MKX could finally bring some optimism at Lincoln, who has been looking at Cadillac from below for quite some time. Sure, a revised MKX won’t bring an overwhelming amount of customers to dealerships in the United States (China might be another story), but it’s a good start for Ford’s struggling luxury brand.

  • Leave it
    • * The Fusion-based dashboard is still there
    • * The 3.5-liter V-6 makes no sense with the EcoBoost around

Press Release

The all-new Lincoln MKX, debuting today at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, is designed to attract a wide range of customers in the United States and beyond by offering more technology, engine choices and personalization options.

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Lincoln MKX offers the first high-end Revel® audio system in a vehicle, an available advanced 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine and two all-new available Lincoln Black Label limited-edition designer themes.

“We are focused on delivering engaging and refined luxury vehicles with innovative and thoughtful technologies,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “The all-new Lincoln MKX reflects that focus.”

The all-new Lincoln MKX goes on sale first in the United States this fall, followed by other markets including China, Canada, the Middle East, Mexico and South Korea.

The Lincoln MKX further strengthens Lincoln’s position in the global midsize premium utility segment, which represents 11 percent of the global automotive luxury market and is expected to grow to 12 percent by 2018.* It is the one of the largest luxury segments in the United States, representing about one-quarter of the retail luxury automotive market.

More power, greater agility
Leading the engine choices for the new Lincoln MKX is the available advanced 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged Ti-VCT EcoBoost V6. It is projected to deliver more than 330 horsepower and more than 370 lb.-ft. of torque, based on preliminary test data.

The standard engine is a 3.7-liter V6, projected to deliver 300 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, based on preliminary test data.

Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with push-button shift and SelectShift®. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive optional.

The addition of the integral link rear suspension, upgrades to the body structure and chassis components, make the new model the best-handling, best-riding and quietest Lincoln MKX ever.

Available Lincoln Drive Control, a suite of ride-enhancing technologies, optimizes performance and offers three distinct modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort.

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The Lincoln MKX has standard electric power-assisted steering and is the first Lincoln to offer adaptive steering.

“The new 2.7-liter EcoBoost adds a new level of performance to the all-new Lincoln MKX,” said Chief Program Engineer Elaine Bannon. “The focus is on delivering a total personalized luxury experience for our client: performance, quiet ride, power and technologies that make life easier, all in an environment wrapped in rich materials.”

A host of helpful driver aids and technologies are available, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping system, blind spot information system, cross-traffic alert and a height-adjustable hands-free power liftgate.

360-degree camera, enhanced park assist
Several available technologies, starting with the 360-degree camera, a first for Lincoln in the MKX, help make all kinds of low-speed parking situations easier.

The available front camera deploys from behind the Lincoln Star badging between the two front grilles. The camera system also offers a 180-degree split view, which can be helpful in looking out in cross-traffic situations. The 360-degree view shows up to 7 feet all around the vehicle.

Lincoln MKX has an ultrasonic sensing system with 12 sensors enabling the full range of available parking-assist features: front rear side sensing, perpendicular and parallel parking assist and park out assist.

Key driver assist and safety innovations added
The all-new Lincoln MKX adds pre-collision assist, which may help avoid or lessen the severity some frontal crashes with another vehicle or pedestrian in certain situations and conditions. If the system detects another vehicle or pedestrian, the system will first provide a collision warning and then the system will automatically apply braking if the driver has not taken any corrective action.

Also new is the Auto Hold feature, which relieves the driver from having to press the brake pedal continuously to keep the vehicle stationary in traffic. Auto Hold releases the brakes when the accelerator pedal is pressed.

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First for Lincoln, to enhance driver visibility, available LED headlamps include a feature that adapts when accelerating from 0 to 35 mph by adding width to the low-beam pattern through the use of additional LED reflector elements.

Elegance in motion
The exterior design is dramatic, with a modern, contemporary silhouette and well-balanced proportions. Available adaptable full-LED front headlamps are subtly executed as blades, rather than projectors, aligned with the horizontal orientation of the split-wing grille.

The interior design language creates an open yet cocoon-like environment that is as quiet as it is beautiful. The push-button gear shift creates a dramatic open suspension bridge that flows from the instrument panel to the center console, providing two tiers of open space.

Elevated personalized luxury experiences
New available 22-way adjustable front seats with active motion help reduce muscle fatigue in the upper legs and lower back through six adjustable air bladders in the cushion and five adjustable air bladders in the lower seat back.

Further adjustments can be made through the four-way power head restraint and the power thigh extender. The thigh bolster deflates to make exit easier and reinflates after entry to the previous setting.

Always-on, built-in connectivity is provided through an available embedded modem. Via a smartphone app that communicates with the vehicle, the available MyLincoln Mobile™ app gives owners the ability to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle, as well as schedule a remote start.**

Exclusive Revel sound system
Uncompromising acoustics and award-winning home theater audio quality comes to the Lincoln MKX through the available Revel audio system.

The Revel Ultima system is standard on Lincoln Black Label editions and available on Reserve models. It features 19 speakers with point source architecture, positioning the tweeter and midrange speakers close together for superior audio quality.

Further performance and refinement is provided by QuantumLogic® Surround Sound technology, which offers three listening modes – stereo, audience and on stage; patented Clari-Fi™ technology offering advanced, real-time music reconstruction for all compressed audio sources; and a 20-channel high-voltage hybrid amplifier for class-leading dynamics and optimized transparency.

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A 13-speaker Revel system designed for the ultimate audio quality experience is available on the all-new Lincoln MKX Select and Reserve.

Two new Black Label themes
Lincoln Black Label will be available at launch with four designer themes – two of which are all-new. One is inspired by the fashion, lifestyle and art scene of 1920s Paris, while the excitement, passion and pageantry of high-stakes thoroughbred horse racing create the vision for the second new theme.

Modern Heritage and Indulgence also will be available on the new Lincoln MKX.

Upgraded Lincoln Experiences
When the driver with key fob is within approximately 9 feet, the lower LED daytime running lights gently brighten, while “welcome mat” is projected on the ground from the folded mirrors. Door handles are illuminated, too, tuned to the exterior color.

Interior sequential lighting begins at the footwell, then illuminates the cupholders, pass-through, instrument panel, front door handles, front map pockets and rear doors. The lighting goes off in reverse order.

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