What Is It?
2016 Lincoln MKX
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 MKX is an all-new, second generation of the brand's midsize crossover.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2016 Lincoln MKX will be in dealer showrooms this fall.
How Much Does It Cost?
Lincoln will price the 2016 MKX closer to its showroom launch, but it is likely to start at a price not markedly higher than that for the current MKX lineup, which begins around $43,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2016 MKX is a four-door, five-passenger crossover available in one trim level and comes with either front- or all-wheel drive.
Most optional equipment is available in a handful of packages, while the MKX's significant upgrades and differentiation in trim come via the Black Label line. There are four Black Label "themes" available for the 2016 MKX: the new-to-Lincoln Muse and Triple Crown join the Heritage and Indulgence packages.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
Standard power for the 2016 Lincoln MKX comes via a 3.7-liter V6 projected to generate 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Optional is an EcoBoost 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (first used in Ford's all-new 2015 F-150 pickup truck). The EcoBoost V6 is estimated to churn out at least 330 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines channel their power through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. An all-wheel-drive system is available with either engine.
Lincoln has yet to release fuel economy figures for the 2016 MKX.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Lincoln is focusing on advanced technology as a brand pillar, and the 2016 MKX has a wealth of new convenience and safety features.
Vehicles with some degree of self-parking ability are nothing new, but in addition to automatic assist for parallel and conventional parking, the new MKX goes one step further by using its ultrasonic rear parking sensors to automatically reverse out of a parking space. The 2016 MKX also is the first Lincoln to offer Ford's adaptive steering that varies the steering effort to reduce effort and enhance steering responses in various driving conditions.
Special adaptive LED headlights widen the beam pattern when accelerating up to 35 mph, and an automatic hold function keeps the brakes applied until the throttle pedal is depressed, reducing fatigue in stop-and-go traffic.
Inside what Lincoln chief designer David Woodhouse calls a "GT coupelike cabin," the 2016 MKX may top the industry for the highest degree of seat adjustability with optional 22-way front seats that incorporate an active-motion function that uses 11 air bladders to vary pressure points in the thigh and lower-back areas. An onboard modem enables all manner of potential Web-connected functionality, while a unique interior lighting scheme sequentially illuminates the interior from the bottom up and front-to-rear upon entering; the sequence is reversed when exiting the MKX.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Front, side and side curtain airbags are standard for the 2016 Lincoln MKX, as well as traction control, stability control and pre-collision warning and assist, which can fully activate the brakes in certain conditions if the driver does not respond to an impending collision with a vehicle or pedestrian.
Optional safety and driver-aid features include a 360-degree camera system with split 180-degree display capability, front and rear parking sensors, automated parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping alert and assist and blind-spot warning.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Acura MDX: Sets the bar for an entry luxury midsize SUV by offering just the right amount of equipment at a reasonable price point, but the MDX doesn't feel as opulent inside as many rivals.
BMW X5: The large and luxury-laden X5 remains the target for many competitors. The new MKX can match the X5's interior ambience, but the pricey BMW has more engine choices, including a diesel, a more SUV-like profile and an A-list reputation.
Lexus RX 350: The RX long has been the go-to choice for those who like their midsize luxury crossover firmly on the luxury end of the spectrum. All-out performance isn't as rollicking as the German contingent offers, but the RX 350 is supremely comfortable, easy to use and is bolstered by Lexus' outsized rep for refinement, while its hybrid variant, the RX 450h, presents a solid fuel-saving option.
Should You Wait for It?
There is a wealth of midsize luxury crossovers out there, many of them convincing examples of this immensely popular formula. Lincoln, however, is developing a distinct new feel for its brand, and the 2016 MKX might be the best example yet of what's possible for the nameplate. So if you're shopping for a luxury crossover and don't want what everybody else has, the new-age suave of the MKX is worth waiting to see.