Premium, high-tech, and optional all-wheel-drive. Lincoln may be onto a winner here.
Last week saw an accidental leak of the all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX crossover, and now Ford’s luxury division has officially revealed it at Detroit. First off, yes, the MKX is based on the same platform as the new Ford Edge. However, and this is to Lincoln’s credit, the MKX really does have a unique look all of its own. A forthcoming Matthew McConaughey commercial is inevitable. Anyway, the MKX comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 that’ll deliver 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.
The optional engine is the new twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that’ll produce more than 330 hp and 370 lb-ft. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard and all-wheel-drive is optional for both engines. Styling wise, we think Lincoln nailed it here. The MKX truly looks the part of a premium crossover and we particularly like the wraparound taillights and dual exhaust. There’s even a tailgate-mounted spoiler. Interior details have surprisingly been unforthcoming, but from the looks of it there’s premium materials throughout and a so-called floating center console complete with a touchscreen infotainment system.
Another unique feature is a 360-degree camera that deploys from behind the Lincoln Star badging between the two front grilles. This system also offers a 180-degree split view, supposedly helpful in cross-traffic situations. The 360-degree view itself shows up to seven feet all around the vehicle. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and a hands-free tailgate are other options. There’s even something else new called Auto Hold which relieves the driver from having to press the brake pedal continuously to keep the vehicle stationary in traffic, and releases the brakes when the gas pedal is pressed. Pricing will be announced closer to the MKX’s on-sale date sometime this fall.