By on January 11, 2015

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Coming straight from a leaked URL on Lincoln’s Canadian website is the 2016 MKX.

Autoblog reports the “airplane design”-inspired premium crossover shares some of its looks with the 2015 MKC. Power comes from a 2.7-liter EcoBoost. Horsepower should be somewhere north of 300. No transmission was mentioned as of this writing, but speculation points to the same six-speed unit found in the Ford Edge.

Other features include: HID lamps with LED accenting; glass roof; hands-free power liftgate; 360-degree front-mounted camera; leather seating with optional heating/cooling and 22-way adjustment; 13- or 19-speaker Revel audio system; and (as pictured) MyLincoln Touch.

The new MKX is set to arrive in showrooms this summer.

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53 Comments on “NAIAS 2015: 2016 Lincoln MKX Leaked Before Show Debut...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    I think this is just about the best effort to distinguish the MKX from it’s Edge roots I’ve seen yet. It’s also one of the best adaptations of the Baleen Whale grille I’ve seen to date

  • avatar
    carguy

    Another great looking wagon thinly disguised as an CUV.

    I see that Lincoln is doubling down on the dash mounted transmission buttons that everyone seems to dislike.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    I think this car is a good move. I like the design and the grill seems well proportioned.

  • avatar
    CinciDriver

    Just my hang up about emblems, but I like this…

    http://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=0BwVmJSau6EweRGtYanE3ZmRIOG8

    – CinciDriver

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    A dash mounted glove box release button? Why?

  • avatar

    I’m not feeling it. It somehow manages to look frumpier than the MKC, and I can tell that the interior is no better…which is disappointing.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      You literally read my mind.

      The MKC looks way better than this, and it likely has to do with scale mostly.

      Unfortunately, I also happen to believe the MKC is too snug inside to command the prices Lincoln is asking, but then again, thus far, the market has made the MKC at least a mild sales success (one that is exclusively responsible for Lincoln’s YoY increase in sales, by the way).

  • avatar
    Speed3

    This is handsome enough. With the right pricing, lease options, and marketing I think Lincoln could start improving its sales drastically and maybe become an American brand Acura. As much as everybody wants rwd wagons, it’s awd crossovers that sell. Acura and Lexus are basically crossover bends by volume that happen to sell a few sedans. I hope Cadillac has taken note.

  • avatar
    nickoo

    This looks like a worthy Buick Enclave and Cadillac SRX competitor. If I had to choose between all 3, this would be the one I chose.

    Get one M. McConaughey in it, stat!

  • avatar
    LeeK

    Lincoln is hitting the CUV space hard with decent looking vehicles. That seems to be a pretty good strategy in this market. The designers appear to be making the best of the polarizing grill design.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    Looks great, a bit of Porsche Cayenne in there.

    I would like to see a regular 3.5L as an engine option though.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    This has the exact same problems as the MKZ. Perfectly decent looking exterior, but obvious Ford center stack is OBVIOUS.

  • avatar
    jimmyy

    Looks decent … except for those taillights. Those are tacky.

  • avatar
    mechaman

    It occured to me that when I have seen an Acura/Infiniti/Lexus, the Honda/Nissan/Toyota DNA is not that far under the skin. So what if you can see Ford DNA in a Lincoln? I heard the same argument when ford was running Jaguar. Oh, you could ‘see’ the Ford under the X-model. Yeah, and the electrics were reliable too, couldn’t be a real Jag, huh?

    • 0 avatar
      Davekaybsc

      I’m sorry, but that center stack is pulled pretty much DIRECTLY from a Fusion, almost unchanged. That doesn’t happen with the other guys you mention. The TLX/Accord interiors don’t look NEARLY as alike as the MKZ/Fusion interiors do. Same with the ES/Camry. Nissan has historically been much worse about badge engineering Infinit. At one point the I30 was literally just a Maxima GLE with the Nissan badge crossed out and Infiniti written in underneath.

      Even they are now differentiating better than Lincoln though, particularly with the new Infiniti Touch system in the Q50 which is nothing at all like Nissan’s NAV setup. MFT/MLT on the other hand are IDENTICAL.

      Yes Jags got a lot more reliable in the Ford era (there was nowhere to go but up) but the interior materials quality absolutely went into the toilet. When you sit in an early ’90s Jag, you feel like you’re in a bargain Bentley. When you sit in a late ’90s – early ’00s Jag, you feel like you’re in a British Kia.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Really?

        http://static.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/images/Auto/izmo/369805/2015_ford_fusion_dashboard.jpg

        I’m not seeing it

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          I’m not seeing it either. But I do like the interior in the old MKZ better. The new interior leaves me kind of cold.

        • 0 avatar
          dtremit

          I can kind of see both points. They don’t look the same, but the proportions are very similar on both models — a tall, monolithic center stack with sort of an hourglass shape and rounded edges, the same shape to the gauge cluster, etc. And it doesn’t help that neither really has a “standout” visual feature.

          They kind of look like what you’d get if you told the same designer to design two stacks but make them look different.

      • 0 avatar
        mechaman

        OK, I’ll spot you on the( X-type ) interior materials, but I still don’t have a problem with Fusionesque looks in my Lincoln, just like I don’t have a problem with peanut butter in my chocolate … still looks pretty damn good to me. I’m betting few Lincoln buyers will see it as we do.

  • avatar
    mechaman

    That’s one of the cleanest designs I’ve seen. Do I sound ‘thirsty’?

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Looks nice…and also looks pretty distinct in a segment that’s stuffed with generic looking vehicles (yeah, Acura and Audi, I’m talking ’bout you). I wish the interior looked a little warmer, though.

  • avatar
    wmba

    Should sell millions. Now just find a Lincoln dealer. Oh, here’s one! Man seen heaping cash on the hood just to get rid of the thing so he can go and sell a few F150s by noon and make some real money.

    Talk about flogging a dead horse. And TTAC does, several dozen times a year, over 200 times since 2009. Time to get a cheque in the mail for stoicism to the Lincoln cause.

    The Acura and Cadillac cheques are “in the mail”.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Maybe it’s just me, but I’m beginning to get the impression you don’t like Lincolns. Did a Lincoln run over your dog? Does you mother-in-law/boss/worst enemy drive a Lincoln?

      TTAC is reporting on, and the B&B are commenting on Lincoln because the maker is investing hundreds of millions to revive the brand. What’s your reason for trashing it?

      • 0 avatar
        Maxb49

        I don’t see why people feel the need to trash Lincoln. I have been critical of Ford’s decision to emphasize the Ecoboost V6 over the V8 architecture, but honestly, it’s a good engine. My MKS is a fantastic car that drives well with nice features. Ford employs a lot of Americans and contributes to our economy. I can’t understand why someone would want Lincoln to fail.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Looks like they puffed up an MKC. I can see many folks confusing the two, especially from the front and side view.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Lincoln went with a hydroformed tailgate on the MKC but on this MKX it looks like a traditional construction. Apparently hydroforming offered them better design opportunities on the MKC… who needs that, good ol’ stampings look great on this MKX.

  • avatar
    dtremit

    Not that anyone outside of this website will care, but I *think* they eliminated the front door DLO fail from the Edge on this one.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I like the overall design, but that interior is a mess of too many panel gaps and bad fitment. Not acceptable.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      You just don’t see the utility of panel gaps. In older GM cars I’ve owned, the panel gaps were useful for holding business cards, mail, parking tickets, and small tools. THOSE were panel gaps. The ones shown here are just obvious joints of differing materials, too small for any purpose.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Well those obvious joints need to be less obvious, and evenly joined! For one bad example, look at the panel under the steering column. It’s in no way even.

        • 0 avatar
          dtremit

          That’s the only one I can see that looks uneven, and this is undoubtedly a preproduction sample.

          Are you saying that e.g., the ES350 is significantly better?

          http://image.automobilemag.com/f/57635505+q100+re0/2013-Lexus-ES-350-steering-wheel-2.jpg

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