US: Lincoln introduces the all-new 2016 MKX image

The Ford luxury brand is hoping to restore its lost sales by turning to the SUV/crossover segment and has made numerous introductions here, the latest being the all-new generation MKX.

The 2016 Lincoln MKX is on sale this summer and introduces the company’s new “Quiet Luxury” standard that seeks to deliver a bespoke-like experience. The model comes to lift the brand in the midsize premium utility segment, one of the top grossing sectors of the US auto market – accounting for around 25 percent of the overall premium retail auto market.

“Personalized luxury, delivered through a suite of customerfocused enhancements, is at the heart of the all-new Lincoln MKX,” said John Polasek, Chief Program Engineer. “Power matched with refinement, helpful technology that’s easy to use and beautiful, thoughtful design elevate Lincoln MKX to a whole new level.”

The 2016 Lincoln MKX comes with a choice of two power plants under the hood: the standard 3.7-liter V6 good for t 303 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 278 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Or the customers can order the all new 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged Ti-VCT EcoBoost V6, churning out 335 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm. Both engines will be available with a six-speed automatic transmission that also has the SelectShift proprietary feature – and transmission choices vary between the standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.

The MKX comes with a wide array of luxury equipments and technologies but more importantly it also adds a host of semi-autonomous features: the first use on a Lincoln of the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection system, the adaptive steering or the Lincoln Drive Control. Also available are the adaptive cruise control, the lane keeping system, the blind spot information system or the cross-traffic alert system.