A facelifted version of Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln MKX mid-size crossover comes into the 2011 model year wearing the brand's new signature DNA. All areas of the 2011 Lincoln MKX were refreshed. It was given new features and technologies not available anywhere else, a new interior and exterior design, a new powertrain and a variety of other improvements.
The front looks completely different as it gets the more distinctive, split wing grille plus a completely new front fascia. It had also been given newly available HID headlamps and LED tail-lamps, and newly contoured fenders and hood.
Giving it a more aggressive look are new four-inch-oval exhaust tips. Power for the 2011 Lincoln MKX comes from Ford's latest 3.7-liter Duratec V-6, which employs new technologies such as Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) to increase horsepower and torque without compromising fuel economy. Peak output was raised to 305hp and 280-pound-feet of torque, which are up 15% and 12%, respectively, over the 2010 model.
Drive is sent to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission with pseudo manual mode and together with the new engine the 2011 Lincoln MKX will return a fuel economy of up to 25 mpg on the highway.
For its interior, the biggest change would be the new touch-sensitive instrument panel, which designers have used to replace a number of traditional center-stack controls. The new interface system combines a number of existing technologies, including the Sync system, into a single connected driver experience. The facelifted MKX is currently on display at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The car is expected to go on sale later this year.