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.
The all-new Lincoln MKX is now equipped with pre-collision assist, which could prevent – or lessen the severity of – a frontal collision with another vehicle or pedestrian in particular situations and conditions. Once pre-collision assist detects that another vehicle or a pedestrian is on the course of a possible crash, it will provide a collision warning. But if the driver fails to take any corrective action, the system will automatically apply the brakes.
In addition, the new MKX is equipped with the Auto Hold feature that holds the brakes when the vehicle is at a standstill during traffic. Once the driver presses the accelerator pedal, Auto Hold releases the brakes.
The new MKX is also the first Lincoln vehicle to be fitted with available LED headlamps that comes with a feature that could adapt when the MKX is sprinting from nil to 35 mph. This is achieved by widening and switching to the low-beam pattern by adding LED reflector elements.
Meanwhile, the newest model boasts to be best Lincoln MKX so far in terms of handling, riding comfort and quietness ever, thanks to a new integral link rear suspension as well as upgrades to the body structure and chassis components.
Now available for the new MKX is the Lincoln Drive Control, which is essentially a suite of ride-enhancing technologies that helps optimize its performance. Lincoln Drive Control offers three distinct modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort. As standard, the new Lincoln MKX features electric power-assisted steering. The MKX is also the first in Lincoln’s lineup to offer adaptive steering.
Chief Program Engineer Elaine Bannon remarked that the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine helps achieve a new level of performance to the all-new MKX. Bannon quipped that the focus of the new MKX was to deliver a personalized luxury experience, as defined by performance, power, quiet ride and technologies as well as rich materials.
The new Lincoln MKX is available with an array of driver aids and technologies like adaptive cruise control, blind spot information system, cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping system, as well as a height-adjustable hands-free power liftgate.