2016 Lincoln MKX First Look
Low Key, But High Tech
The action in the luxury market lately is all in crossovers, so luxury brands are focusing their efforts on the genre like never before and not only for the U.S. market. Demand for luxury crossovers is exploding worldwide, so the all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX could not have come at a better time for Dearborn’s luxury brand. Unlike some other luxury brands that broadcast their status to the world with over-the-top lavishness and extravagance, Lincoln’s approach is all about low-key, elegant, high-tech luxury.
The exterior of the MKX shows a strong family resemblance to the smaller, Escape-based MKC. The look is not a total surprise, with the concept shown at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The main difference is the addition of door handles on the production model. If you’re a fan of understated elegance, you’ll probably like the MKX, but the look is decidedly less extroverted than some competitive models.
Things get more interesting under the hood. The 2.7L EcoBoost V-6, which we first saw on the 2015 Ford F-150 is offered as an option, has preliminary output figures of “more than” 330 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque. The standard engine remains a 3.7L naturally aspirated V-6 making 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic, actuated by Lincoln’s signature push-button electronic gear selector.
Audiophiles will appreciate two available premium sound systems from Revel, which are claimed to be the first automotive application of the brand. The first system has 13 speakers, and the other available system features 19 speakers and features QuantumLogic Surround Sound, Clari-Fi audio enhancement technology.
The MKX is also packed with driver aids such as perpendicular, parallel, and park out assist, pre-collision assist and emergency braking, 360-degree camera, and an Auto Hold braking feature that keeps the vehicle stopped at traffic lights without having to keep the brake depressed. Full-LED adaptive headlights will be an option. As drivers approach the vehicle within nine feet, the LED driving lights gradually brighten, while a “welcome mat” is projected onto the ground next to the door. The interior lights illuminate sequentially, starting at the footwells, then going up through the console pass-through, cupholders, door handles, map pockets and rear doors.
The ’16 MKX will be offered in four trims: Modern Heritage, Indulgence, and two flavors of Lincoln’s Black Label sub-brand. Sales will begin in fall 2015 in the U.S. and Canada, followed by China, Mexico, the Middle East and South Korea. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.