In typical Lincoln fashion, the unveiling of the new MKX wasn’t the most exciting moment of the Detroit Auto Show. But during the mundane presentation of stats, it became clear that Lincoln is completely retooling the MKX. While much was known ahead of time, the event itself attracted a lot of attention due to the drastic changes that are taking place.
The MKX of old never lived up to the expectations Lincoln laid out for it. Part of this is due to the difficult climb for Lincoln as a luxury brand – but the larger part is that the MKX simply wasn’t very impressive. Luckily, the Lincoln brass understood this, leading to a completely new 2016 Lincoln MKX.
One of the bigger changes is taking place under the hood. While the standard 3.7-liter V-6 will still be available, the MKX is actually getting on the EcoBoost train by including a 2.7-liter four-cylinder as an option. Like the other new vehicles getting a retooled EcoBoost, the Lincoln MKX with this engine under the hood will get some impressive capability figures – with the Lincoln having output of 330 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque.
Technology will also be upgraded on the new MKX, which is essential with any SUV in the luxury segment. The MKX will get pre-collision alert, which can actually intervene by applying the brakes when a collision seems imminent.
But aside from just safety, the technology will also assist in regular driving conditions. For example, a 360-degree camera will assist with parking and other close-quarters situations. And it plays right into the split-grille design, as it is mounted on the front in between the grille pieces.
Lincoln rounds it out by making the interior actually feel, well, luxurious. This includes new lighting, seats that are more adjustable, and just a better overall look.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX might not blow away the competition, but it will at least be able to hold its own a bit better. Taking on the luxury segment is still going to be a tough climb for the brand, but this appears to be a good addition to that fight.