On the outside, the somewhat boxy MKX of yore has been updated with Lincoln's new split-wing corporate grille, broad fender arches and new rocker panels. Around the back, new taillights feature hidden LEDs for illumination and hidden rear parking sensors to clean up the bumper. Larger ovoid exhaust tips and new 18- and 20-in. wheels finish the look.

Rounding out the MKX's impressive list of updates are several technological features the model has been lacking that should help catch it up to the competition. New features include adaptive cruise control, an emergency braking assist system, hill start assist, a blind spot warning system, a cross-traffic alert system, trailer sway control, plus Ford's Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system and MyKey programmable keys. Lincoln has also upgraded the MKX's brakes and retuned the shocks, springs, and stabilizers for flatter handling in corners while retaining a luxurious ride.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX is expected to go on sale sometime in 2010 as a 2011 model, but Ford hasn't released a final on-sale date or pricing.