2016 Lincoln MKX introduced at the Detroit Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 13, 2015

Lincoln’s 2016 MKX arrived at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and promises to attract new customers with its improved design. As standard, the MKX will be offered with a 3.7-liter V6 petrol engine, delivering 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

As an option, the 2016 Lincoln MKX will be offered with a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged TI-VCT EcoBoost V6 engine producing more than 330 hp and more than 370 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines are bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission with push-button shift and SelectShift. Power is delivered to the front wheels as standard, while the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system is optional. The Lincoln Drive Control optimizes performance and offers three distinct modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort.

The first visual impact with the vehicle shows the stylish full-LED headlights subtly executed as blades rather than projectors, aligned with the horizontal orientation of the split-wing grille. Inside, the cocoon-like environment is as quiet as it is beautiful, while the push-button gear shift creates a dramatic open suspension bridge flowing from the instrument panel to the center console.

22-way adjustable front seats with active motion promise to reduce muscle fatigue in the upper legs and lower back thanks to the six adjustable bladders in the cushion as well as the five adjustable air bladders in the lower seat back. The biggest surprise is the introduction of the Revel Ultima audio system, offered as standard on the Lincoln Black Label editions and available on Reserve models.

This audio system features 19 speakers with point source architecture, positioning the tweeter and midrange speakers close together in order to deliver a superior audio quality. Moreover, the QuantumLogic Surround Sound technology offers three listening modes: stereo, audience and on stage. A 13-speaker Revel audio system is available on the Lincoln MKX Select and Reserve.

Lincoln Black Label will be available at launch with four designer themes, two of which are completely new. On theme is inspired by the fashion, lifestyle and art scene of 1920 Paris, while the second is inspired by the high-stakes thoroughbred horse racing.

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

Other technologies available on the 2016 MKX are the 360-degree camera, pre-collision assist and Auto Hold feature, which relieves the driver from having to press the brake pedal continuously to keep the vehicle stationary in traffic.

Press Release

2016 Lincoln MKX

The all-new Lincoln MKX, which debuted 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.

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 in fall 2015, 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.

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.

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.

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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