The current Lincoln MKX is not a bad vehicle. It is just not an outstanding vehicle. It has decent looks on the exterior with a nice interior but lots of hard plastic. The engine is nothing to write home about and nothing really stand out overall. Lincoln is looking to change all that with the new 2011 MKX.
The 2011 MKX will be the first vehicle to feature MyLincoln. This is the system that was revealed last week at CES. It works in conjunction with the latest iteration of Microsoft SYNC. The MyLincoln system takes the MyFord system one step further with sliders. Customers can swipe their finger along the screen to change stereo volume or fan temperature. In addition to the standard HD radio, you now have iTunes tagging which is a first in a factory installed HD radio. When you hear a song you like you can push the TAG button. The songs information is then stored on the cars stereo. When an iPod is plugged into the SYNC system it transfers the song information (up to 100 songs can be stored at a time). When the iPod is plugged into a computer with iTunes next it will transfer this new playlist and you may purchase the songs.
Other technologies included in the new MKX include adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support. A blind spot information system along with Cross Traffic Alert is a feature that can help detect vehicles in your blind spot. The cross traffic alert system can help detect traffic approaching from the sides when reversing out of parking spots. Lincoln’s MyKey and Easy Fuel Capless fuel system are also standard.
The exterior of the 2011 MKX is modern with flowing design. The design is embracing the signature Lincoln split-wing grille. The body has new brightwork and the treatments for taillamps and exhaust tips finish off the new look. 18 inch wheels are now standard while 20 inch wheels are optional. The new rear taillamps are now two distinct pieces that are employing an indirect LED system which hides the light source while still allowing light to shine through. The exhaust tips are now 4-inches in diameter.
Ford’s internal preliminary data show the 2011 MKX scores better in speech recognition, wind noise and sound package than competitors from Lexus and Audi. Lincoln is utilizing sound pack and acoustic glass the reduce noise levels inside the MKX.
Larger brake rotors are included in the refresh for enhanced braking power. Also included are key brake related features. Hill Start Assist which helps reduce rollback on hills while Trailer Sway Control helps with towing stability.
The 2011 MKX is getting more power and better efficiency which is never a bad combination. Power is being supplied by a 3.7 liter Duratec V6. This 3.7 liter is not low tech, featuring Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing) which helps increase horsepower and torque while improving fuel economy. The 3.7 liter will provide best in class power over other competitors V6’s while achieving best in class 25 mpg on the highway all on regular fuel. Pushing out 305 hp and 280 ft-lb to either the front wheels or through optional all wheel drive. The power is handled through a six speed SelectShift automatic with manual shift capabilities. The manual mode the transmission does not over ride the drivers selection. Upshifts will not come at redline if the driver does not request them.
“Everything about the 2011 Lincoln MKX is vibrant and luxurious,” said Bannon. “Our MyLincoln Touch system will draw people in, helping them discover that the new Lincoln MKX delivers a total driving experience not found anywhere else.”
More power, luxury refinement are things that are necessary to stay in the game. Lincoln is playing for keeps and bringing all of the necessary changes. It seems the luxury crossover market keeps heating up and it looks like things just got a bit hotter.