2016 Lincoln MKX Gets Active Safety Tech Options
EcoBoost Rated For More Power Than Ford Edge
The 2016 Lincoln MKX will be the first Lincoln to come with certain active safety technology, the company announced today.
Now optional on the midsize crossover will be Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, a feature that activates automatically at speeds above 3 mph. As the name suggests, the MKX monitors the space around the vehicle for potential collision risks. If it detects a collision and no corrective action is taken on the part of the driver, the MKX will automatically apply the brakes, reducing the severity of the collision or preventing it entirely.
Also available is adaptive cruise control, lane departure monitoring and prevention, and the company’s Blind Spot Information System. Cross-traffic monitoring also helps prevent collisions. A 360-degree camera and automatic parallel and perpendicular parking add to the MKX’s semi-autonomous cachet.
We’ve previously reported that the MKX produces more power from its optional 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 engine than the Ford Edge makes using the same powerplant. Rated at 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, the MKX enjoys a 20hp, 30–lb-ft edge over the Edge. That power increase should do a fair bit to justify the approximate $10,000 premium of the Lincoln over its Ford platform-mate, as will its increased level of standard equipment, like the optional Revel sound system.
The MKX is important to Lincoln. Throughout 2014, more than half of the brand’s sales were crossovers and SUVs, and the MKX was Lincoln’s bestselling utility. Although its sales are now being slightly outstripped by the compact MKC SUV, the newly redesigned MKX may take its crown back, doing battle as it does in the hugely popular midsize luxury crossover segment.