2011 Lincoln MKX delivers best-in-class fuel economy with 19/26 mpg

Article by Christian A., on July 7, 2010

Lincoln has been very busy in improving the appearance, quality, power, and efficiency of this brand's models. In fact, the EPA ratings of the 2011 Lincoln MKX indicate that it is the most efficient midsize crossover in its class.

In comparison with the Lexus RX350, BMW X5, or the Infiniti FX, the 2011 Lincoln MKX was determined to be 1-5 mpg better in both city and highway performance. In addition, it beats all but the 2010 SRX and 2010 RX350 in combined efficiency at 21 mpg (the comparison ends in a tie).

Based on the same basic underpinnings as the 2011 Ford Edge, the MKX derives its power from Ford's new 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 305hp and 280 pound-feet of torque.

Ford said that this combination of power and efficiency stem from dual variable camshaft timing and an "aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff." However, the styling of the 2011 MKX may not appeal to everyone.

The overall silhouette is a lot like the Edge's but it has a large, chrome-laden split-wing grille grille that gives the front end a snouty, almost beak-like appearance. If this feature doesn't bother you, then the MKX would definitely prove to be a solid value. It goes on sale within the next few months. A hybrid version is set to be released this fall.

Derrick Kuzak, group vice president for Global Product Development at Ford, remarked that the new MY2011 Lincoln MKX is the premium brand’s latest offering that delivers on its commitment to pursue an industry-leading performance and fuel efficiency.

He noted that the Lincoln MKX leaves no room for compromise in terms of horsepower, torque and fuel economy – all of which are the best in the vehicle’s class.

He remarked that although the MKX delivers outstanding fuel economy, it did not have to sacrifice power to do so.

According to Kuzak, Lincoln’s engineer managed to achieve a surge in both power and torque in a way that reflects the luxurious driving experience that the marque is known for. He said he expects the MY2011 Lincoln MKX will continue to propel the brand’s premium lineup ahead of its rivals.

Press Release

NEW 2011 LINCOLN MKX DELIVERS BEST-IN-CLASS POWER, TORQUE AND FUEL ECONOMY

The 2011 Lincoln MKX is the newest vehicle in the premium maker's lineup to offer best-in-class horsepower and torque and the best fuel economy of any luxury crossover vehicle on the market.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX received final fuel economy certification this week, achieving 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, with a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg, topping all competitors, including the Lexus RX350, Cadillac SRX and BMW X5, with not only horsepower but now fuel efficiency as well.

"The new 2011 MKX is the latest vehicle to deliver on Lincoln's commitment of industry-leading performance and fuel efficiency," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president, Global Product Development. "It offers no compromises with best-in-class fuel economy, horsepower and torque."

2011 Lincoln MKX vs. the Competition
City Highway Combined
2011 Lincoln MKX 3.7L V6 FWD 19 26 21
2010 Acura ZDX 3.7L V6 AWD 16 23 19
2010 Audi Q5 3.2L V6 AWD 18 23 20
2011 BMW X5 3.0L V6 4WD 17 25 20
2010 Cadillac SRX 3.0L V6 FWD 18 25 21
2010 Infiniti FX35 3.5L V6 RWD 16 23 19
2010 Lexus RX350 3.5L V6 FWD 18 25 21
2010 Mercedes-Benz ML350 3.5L V6 FWD 16 21 18
2010 Volkswagen Touareg 3.6L V6 4WD 14 19 16
2010 Volvo XC70 AWD 16 22 18

*All numbers certified by the EPA. Best-in-class numbers in bold

The horsepower of the 2011 Lincoln MKX has increased to 305 – a 15 percent increase compared to the outgoing product – while torque has increased 12 percent to 280 lb.-ft.

"The Lincoln MKX doesn't sacrifice power to receive its great fuel economy," Kuzak said. "Our engineers were able to deliver an increase in power and torque in a fashion that reflects the luxurious driving experience that Lincoln is known for."

Lincoln's first-ever hybrid – the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – was recently named the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America, delivering 41 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. This tops the vehicle's nearest competitor – the Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg.

The 2010 Lincoln MKT with EcoBoost™ continues to provide better gas highway fuel economy – 21 mpg – than any other all-wheel-drive vehicle in its class.

For the 2011 MKX, engineers integrated the new 3.7-liter V6 engine, which uses twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to increase the vehicle's power and fuel economy. The broadened torque curve allows the intake valve to be advanced, delivering about a 10 percent power increase compared to non-Ti-VCT engines. Variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts helps extract more energy from each drop of fuel, leading to a 4.5 percent improvement in fuel economy.

The engine also employs a control strategy called aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff to save fuel. This strategy shuts off the engine when the driver doesn't need engine torque. It uses the momentum from the torque delivered to the transmission to move the vehicle, rather than more fuel.

"The 2011 Lincoln MKX will continue to propel the Lincoln lineup that is already ahead of the curve," Kuzak said.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX continues to reinforce Ford Motor Company's record largest increase in fuel economy gains over the past five years, according to the EPA.

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