|Manufacturer||Lincoln Motor Company|
|Assembly||Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Oakville Assembly)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mid-size crossover SUV|
|Body style||5-door Crossover|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Platform||Ford CD3 platform|
|Engine||3.5 L Duratec 35 V6|
|Transmission||6-speed 6F automatic|
|Wheelbase||111.2 in (2,824 mm)|
|Length||186.5 in (4,737 mm)|
|Width||2007–2010: 75.8 in (1,925 mm)
2011–: 76.0 in (1,930 mm)
|Height||2007: 67.5 in (1,714 mm)
2008–present: 67.3 in (1,709 mm)
|Curb weight||4,220 lb (1,910 kg) (Front-wheel drive)
4,420 lb (2,000 kg) (All-wheel drive)
The Lincoln MKX is a mid-size, five-seater crossover (CUV) marketed by Ford's Lincoln division. Having debuted as a 2007 model in December 2006, the MKX is a rebadged variant of the Ford Edge, sharing Ford's CD3 platform also shared with the Mazda CX-9.
The Lincoln MKX first appeared as a Concept car at the 2004 North American International Auto Show as a successor to the Lincoln Aviator. The Concept vehicle was smaller and more car-like with a V6 was rated at 245 hp (183 kW) and 240 lb·ft (330 N·m). The Aviator Concept also differed from the production Aviator stylistically and with its panoramic sunroof.
The production model received the MKX, with Lincoln management suggesting a "Mark-Eks" pronunciation during the 2006 auto show circuit, which was changed it to the phonetic "em-kay-eks". Due to the similarity of the MKX name to the MDX name used by Acura for their competing luxury crossover, Honda, Acura's parent company, filed a lawsuit against Ford in January 2006, eventually settling the case out of court.
First generation (2007–2015)
The 2007 MKX debuted in December 2006 as a rebadge variant of the Ford Edge. In addition to the chrome grille, the MKX's front fascia features projector-beam headlight assemblies with standard chrome-accented fog lights mounted in the lower fascia. The MKX features an optional adaptive headlight system that pivots the aim of the light projectors to match the steering inputs of the driver. In the rear, the MKX features dual chrome exhaust tips and brake lights backlit by LEDs with a light bar that crosses the MKX's liftgate. The optional sunroof, marketed as a Panoramic Vista Roof, is the production version of the glass roof feature shown on the 2004 Aviator Concept. The Vista Roof features a forward power sunroof and a fixed rear moonroof with dual power sunshades.
The interior of the MKX features leather seating surfaces and wood accents in the steering wheel, dash area, and door panels. as well as features thick carpeting, extensive sound-deadening, automatic headlights, dual power heated mirrors with puddle lamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power windows with single touch up and down functions with global (all window) operation capability, power locks, remote keyless entry with keypad, theater dimming for the interior lights, cruise control, air conditioning with automatic climate control, 8-way power drive and passenger seats, a message center with compass, and a six speaker, AM/FM stereo radio with a 6-disc CD changer. Interior options include power driver and passenger lumbar supports, heated front seats, heated and cooled front seats (separate option), heated rear seats, an Easy Fold automatic folding second-row seat, a reverse sensing system, a power liftgate, a DVD-based navigation system, Sirius satellite radio, and a THX II-Certified audio system with 14 speakers. MKX's safety features include a tire pressure monitoring system, three-point seat belts, dual front-side airbags, front seat-deployed side airbags, and Safety Canopy curtain airbags.
As a rebadge variant of the Ford Edge, the MKX also shares Ford's CD3 platform, unibody construction, four-wheel independent suspension with a MacPherson strut front suspension with L-shaped lower control arms and a four-link rear suspension with stamped steel control blades and monotube shocks. Both the front and rear suspensions feature an isolated subframe and stabilizer bar. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are standard in all models with Ford's AdvanceTrac traction control system with Roll Stability Control (RSC) optional. The MKX and Edge are front-wheel drive standard with all-wheel drive optional. The MKX comes with standard 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with 18-inch chrome wheels optional. The sole powertrain in the MKX is an all-aluminum, 3.5 L Duratec DOHC V6 mated to Ford's 6F50 6-speed automatic transmission. Like the Edge, which shares the powertrain, the MKX's engine produces 265 hp (198 kW) at 6,250 rpm and 250 lb·ft (340 N·m) of torque at 4,500 rpm; noticeable improvements over what the Aviator Concept's engine was rated at. The MKX, Edge, and Lincoln MKZ were the first recipients of Ford's 3.5 L Duratec V6. Front-wheel drive versions of the MKX come with a 19 US gal (72 L; 16 imp gal) fuel tank while all-wheel drive models come with a 20 US gal (76 L; 17 imp gal) fuel tank. The MKX has a base curb weight of 4,220 lb (1,910 kg) when front-wheel drive only and 4,420 lb (2,000 kg) when equipped with all-wheel drive.
For 2008 the Lincoln MKX featured Lincoln badges are added near the front doors as well as Ford Sync, Limited Edition and Monochromatic Limited Edition packages with unique styling elements and 20-inch chrome wheels, and a voice-activated DVD navigation system. Previously optional features that were now standard included AdvanceTrac with RSC, a reverse sensing system, Sirius satellite radio, the THX II-Certified audio system, heated and cooled front seats, and driver and passenger power lumbar supports. No major changes were made for the 2009 MKX.
For the 2011 model year, the MKX was refreshed with a new interior, a new front-end resembling the 2010-2012 MKZ, a new rear end and a 3.7L V6 DOHC which boosts the MKX's power to 305hp and 280ft-lb of torque.
In 2013, Lincoln Motor Company has started marketing the MKX, MKZ and MKS in commercials to focus on re-branding the company image and gain sales like it once did in 1998.
2016 Lincoln MKX concept
Lincoln introduced their all-new Lincoln MKX concept at the Beijing auto show in 2014. The redesigned MKX will be the third of four vehicles Lincoln says it will introduce by 2016. This will be the first major redesign the MKX has seen in seven years since the first generation MKX.
|Calendar Year||American sales|
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