The 2016 Lincoln MKX will feature an available Revel audio system when the carmaker starts selling the premium midsize crossover in 2015. Revel, known for its high-end audiophile speaker systems, will fit one of its products in the MKX. The collaboration between Lincoln and Revel will last for 10 years. Revel is brand owned by Harman International Industries Inc.
According to Matt VanDyke, director of global Lincoln, each and every Lincoln will be made available with a Revel system, a house-bound pair of which could cost over $20,000. The premium Black Label versions of the 2016 MKX will feature the 19-speaker Revel Ultima system as standard and a 12-speaker system.
Other MKX in other trims will have the Revel system as an option, the price of which will remain unknown until Lincoln starts selling the midsize crossover. According to Phil Eyler, senior vice president and general manager for Harman, Lincoln and Revel “shared brand values, the commitment to quality, craftsmanship and high performance.“
He remarked said Lincoln engineers were willing to work with Revel for changes in the MKX structure to allow Revel’s “point source architecture,” in the tweeter and midrange speakers are located close to each other. For instance, Revel had to locate the tweeter out of the A-pillar into the door next to the midrange speaker in front of the door handle.
Eyler said the Lincoln consented to relocate some mechanical and electrical elements of the door’s structure to make the shift possible. The Revel system can be accessed and controlled via the MyLincoln Touch infotainment screen. Revel and Lincoln said that this architecture ensures that every detail of a song reaches “a Lincoln passenger’s ears at the exact time.”