Ford Motor Co. revealed the 2011 Lincoln MKX Crossover, a reskinned version of the popular vehicle featuring a newly sculpted tailgate and new exhaust tips as well as the split-front waterfall grille and basic body design. Scheduled to be unveiled later today at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2011 MKX carries a 3.7-liter V6 engine delivering 305 hp (a 15% power boost comparing it to the previous generation) and capable to show a fuel consumption of 25 mpg on the highway, according to FoMoCo.
Inside, the new MKX is more luxurious with hand-stitched seams, while the second row of seats offers more leg room. What is even more interesting is that the MKX will feature Ford's new driver connect technology, which uses two liquid crystal display screens showing the speedometer, gasoline gauge and other information
The vehicle also has an 8-inch touch screen to control audio, navigation, climate control and phone. According to the manufacturer all Lincoln vehicles will have this technology, dubbed "MyLincoln Touch," as standard equipment.
The inclusion of new technologies as well as an engaging design, which features both world-class materials and craftsmanship, has managed to promote the 2011 Lincoln MKX as more than the usual midsize luxury crossover. At the top of these many innovations is the driver-connect technology in the form of MyLincoln Touch. This feature is a standard on the Lincoln MKX and delivers a safer, simpler, and smarter way to connect the technologies with the drivers and their digital lives.
It is equipped with the Lincoln SYNC which replaces the buttons, gauges, and knobs, usually found in traditional vehicles. These are replaced with crisp and clear LCD screens with 5-way buttons much like what are found on MP3 players and cell phones. Furthermore the LCD screen allows for personalization enabling the driver to choose what relevant information to display with a voice command, touch screen tap, or button click.
The Lincoln MKX’s electronic finish panel further demonstrates the advantages of the touch-sensitive technology wrapped in an engaging and beautiful package. The activated features are displayed with amber light and when it is turned off, what is displayed is the Lincoln White lighting. Exclusive to Lincoln is a feature wherein the same technology can operate through the use of sliders the fan and volume controls.
This is, of course, in addition, to the typical climate and audio control features. The variety of upgrades on the 2011 Lincoln MKX mean that the driver and the road have a more connected feel and this is experienced through an engaging steering, confident braking, responsive acceleration and spirited handling. The 18-inch tires on the 2011 Lincoln MKX increase the grip and since it is mounted on larger wheels compared to the previous models, it improves handling and enhances the stopping power.
The shocks, stabilizer and springs of the 2011 Lincoln MKX have been retuned thus giving it a flatter response when turning and going over hills while continuing to provide the comfort of a luxury vehicle the buyers demand and expect. Originally, the Lincoln MKX had set many benchmarks in terms of overall quietness and this great tradition continues as evidenced by the internal preliminary data gathered by Ford.
The data show that the 2011 Lincoln MKX showed better scores in the areas of sound package, speech recognition, and wind noise, compared to competitors like the Audi and Lexus. The 2011 Lincoln MKX is powered by a 3.7-liter Duratec V-6 engine that uses advanced technology as well as clever control strategies in order to increase both horsepower and torque but not at the expense of fuel economy.
This engine makes it the best-in-class in terms of power and torque against other V-6 competitors especially with a 25 mpg highway fuel economy. Compared to previous models, the horsepower has been increased by 15% to 305hp while the torque is also up 12% to 280 lb-ft.