By on January 13, 2015

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A couple of days after it was leaked, the 2016 Lincoln MKX made its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show [Live photos now available – CA].

Motivation for the premium crossover comes from a standard 3.7-liter V6 capable of 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, or the optional 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ti-VCT EcoBoost V6, whose power figures are expected to be north of 330 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque. The power is sent entirely to the front via a six-speed automatic with SelectShift and push-button controls; Lincoln’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system is also available.

The MKX also has an array of driving and safety features that are new to the crossover, including a 360-degree camera mounted behind the Lincoln badge between the grill to help in low-speed parking situations. The camera can see up to 7 feet around the vehicle, and can show the driver what the cross-traffic situation looks like via a 180-degree split view.

Other aids include: Auto Hold, which allows the driver to keep the brake pedal down without having to continuously hold it down during stops; pre-collision assist, which warns if an accident with a pedestrian or another driver is about to occur, and applies the brakes if the driver isn’t able to prevent the accident on their own; adaptive LED headlamps that widen their low-beam pattern when accelerating from nought to 35 mph; 12-sensor ultrasonic sensing system for parking assist; blind-spot information; lane-keeping; and height-adjustable hands-free power tailgate.

For those wanting to listen to “Spring” by Vivaldi on their way to the country club, home theater audio supplier Revel enters the automotive game with its Revel Ultima 13- and 19-speaker systems in the MKX. The system offers three-mode Surround Sound, real-time music reconstruction from compressed sources, and a 20-channel high-voltage hybrid amp for high-quality dynamics and optimized transparency.

Six trim levels will be available for the crossover, including four Black Label trims, two of which are new: one inspired by the fashion and culture of 1920s Paris, the other influenced by the pageantry of high-stakes horse racing.

Other features include: adaptive steering; integral rear link suspension; three-mode driving system; 22-way adjustable front seats; MyLincoln Mobile smartphone app; and a welcome mat projected onto the ground via folded mirror upon detection of the driver’s key fob from nine feet away.

The MKX is slated to go on sale in the United States this fall, with Canada, Mexico, China, South Korean and the Middle East to follow soon after.

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28 Comments on “NAIAS 2015: 2016 Lincoln MKX Officially Unveiled...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    The MKZ was hardly “leaked” info about it has been on the Lincoln site since last week

  • avatar

    I’m against these kinds of vehicles as a rule, but this one looks OK. Aside from the grill it could almost be an Audi.

  • avatar
    rockets

    Generic exterior but OK; nice looking interior. It all comes down to how it drives and pricing. Hopefully Lincoln will turn it around.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I like it too, my only request would be FoMoCo drop the obession with huge center consoles and take better advantage of the FWD layout in the FWD models. I could live with the small hump being part of the platform but does it need to be 1/5 to 1/4 of the interior space in the front?

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I’m not sure they should bother with Lincoln in South Korea. That isn’t working. In my entire year there, I saw ONE Lincoln, in a city with a population of 6M+. A single black Town Car.

  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    Don’t these depreciate like yellow bananas? Is a two year old one a good idea?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Yes and Yes.

      The MkT and MKS will depreciate faster, but the MKX has the same problem. Expect a two year old version to be in the low to mid 20s with a 6 year/100k mile CPO warranty.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      All of the car-based Lincolns depreciate a fair amount quickly. Since MKX didn’t change until after MY14 with an original launch date of I believe MY07. I’m not sure if the MY15s are the same or not, Wikipedia is murky on them. Since Bball is our resident FoLiMoCo CPO expert, I’ll defer to his opinion.

    • 0 avatar
      Jerome10

      Yeah this has me interested too as I find I really like the MKC and now this one. In the past you’d never hear “I like it” and “Lincoln” out of my mouth.

      But the depreciation is awful,which now has me wondering about cpo in a couple years.

      I am too lazy to dig a source but I seem to recall reading that a 2 year old similarly equipped MKX, that cost much more new, was actually cheaper than the equivalent Edge. Hoping this continues to hold.

      FYI same with Volvo. You can get a very nice XC60 for surprisingly low money cpo

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        You may have read it here. 28 and I talk about it often.

        This math works for pretty much any Lincoln vs Ford CPO product. I purchased a CPO Lincoln MkT in 2013. I was originally looking for a used Flex Limited Ecoboost. This is what happened after negotations:

        2010 Flex Limited Ecoboost, 51k miles: $26995
        2010 Lincoln MkT Ecoboost, 48k miles: $22995

        The Lincoln has a 6 year/100K mile bumper to bumper warranty. The Flex’s warranty just covered powertrain. While the difference in the MKX and Edge price isn’t as pronounced, you can basically a nice Edge, with a better engine (3.7 vs 3.5), with a better warranty, for less money.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          I had something earlier but I see it seems to have resigned its post (ha a pun!).

          If you like Ford, think used Lincoln.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            “If you like Ford, think used Lincoln.”

            That’s my motto too. The Lincoln dealership by me has a 2011 MKS Ecoboost with 8700 miles on it and it is tempting me.

        • 0 avatar
          jrasero23

          Same experience. Was looking last year for a 2012 Fusion Sport thinking I could get one cheap since the 2013 Fusions changed styles but the 2012 Fusion was $2k more than a 2012 MKZ with the same miles but you get a better CPO warranty with Lincoln and I would say a better overall package.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            You are a smart man. The MKZ is the way to go. My parents did exactly the same thing. 3.5L with AWD and Nav for less than the Fusion.

  • avatar
    PriusV16

    That’s a very pretty car. Too bad it looks practically identical to an Audi Q5.

    That’s an even more unashamedly copy-cat design than that Cadillac which looks like the current E-class.

    US designers shouldn’t go down that route any further.

  • avatar
    carguy

    Who would have thought that Lincoln would make nicer station wagons than Volvo?

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I think Lincoln will have a hit with this one. And I hope for Cadillac’s sake they have a HEAVILY refreshed SRX in the pipeline, because this will definitely steal sales from them before anyone else.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      At this point, Lincoln has three crossover/CUV-type vehicles, while Cadillac has *one* which dates back to the Bush administration and a lot of talk about building super sedans.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        You’re referring to the first SRX, which was a RWD platform. The current one is a FWD platform and was introduced for 2010. Bush was not in office then.

        FYI, the current Lexus RX is on a platform way older than the current SRX.

        And I’d say the V-series sedans are pretty super.

        • 0 avatar
          bumpy ii

          Yeah, I was thinking of the Lambda CUVs, which is also bad news for the SRX as it will presumably have to wait in line for GM to develop replacements for those first.

  • avatar
    James2

    “Auto Hold, which allows the driver to keep the brake pedal down without having to continuously hold it down during stops”

    My dad needs this. Time to dump the Lexus.

  • avatar
    Aquineas

    I think that interior looks really good.

  • avatar
    forzablu

    .

  • avatar
    JEFFSHADOW

    The only “MK-anything” I would buy is the 1979 Mark V. Put real names on cars; stop copying the idiot Germans and show some perseverance from the days when Lincoln and Mercury actually roared (did I hear a Cougar?)…

  • avatar
    jrasero23

    Finally, the Edge/MKX was a chode of a car. Hopefully they fixed the PTU AWD system that constantly leaked. The new gen MKX looks so much better but it faces the same battle as the new gen MKZ and MKC. Matthew McConaughey has to stop making stupid commercials about these cars and secondly since these cars offer nothing groundbreaking for their categories they have to offer more features for their base levels. Lincoln offers competitive base prices but once you add any equipment group you have a car that is just as expensive or in some cases more expensive than a BMW and a Mercedes. So again Lincoln is left in this pickle of why pay for brand that is going through a re branding, a car that looses is value considerably, and a car when properly equipped costs as much as the top tier German cars? I still like Lincoln but if your not leasing or buying used your just throwing money away.

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