Following last week’s leaked photos, Lincoln has released full details about its 2016 MKX crossover which debuts today at the Detroit Auto Show.
Lincoln says the new MKX is the most powerful, best-handling, best riding and quietest MKX ever thanks to the addition of the integral link rear suspension, upgrades to the body structure and chassis components and the available 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that is projected to deliver more than 330hp and 370lb-ft (501Nm) of torque.
The standard engine is a 3.7-liter V6, projected to deliver 300hp and 280lb-ft (379Nm) of torque, based on preliminary test data. Both engines are linked to a six-speed automatic transmission with push-button shift and SelectShift. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive offered as optional.
The 2016 MKX is the first Lincoln to offer adaptive steering (electric power-assisted steering is standard), as well as the high-end Revel audio system. It is also offered with the Lincoln Drive Control suite of ride-enhancing technologies that optimize performance and offer three distinct modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort.
The model is offered with a host of driver aids and technologies, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping system, blind spot information system, cross-traffic alert, 360-degree camera, LED headlamps, a height-adjustable hands-free power liftgate and 22-way adjustable front seats with active motion.
Looking quite similar with the smaller MKC inside and out, the 2016 Lincoln MKX goes on sale first in the United States this fall, followed by other markets including China, Canada, the Middle East, Mexico and South Korea. At launch, it will be available with two new Black Label themes – one inspired by the fashion, lifestyle and art scene of 1920s Paris, the other by thoroughbred horse racing.