Lincoln MKX

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Lincoln MKX
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Overview
Manufacturer Lincoln (Ford)
Production 2006–present
Model years 2007–present
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size luxury crossover SUV
Chronology
Predecessor Lincoln Aviator

The Lincoln MKX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV manufactured and sold by Lincoln. Having debuted as a 2007 model in December 2006, the MKX is a rebadged variant of the Ford Edge using Ford's CD3 platform for the first generation (2007–2015) and CD4 platform for the second generation (2016 onwards).

The MKX features unibody construction and front-wheel-drive with available all-wheel-drive. It is manufactured at Oakville Assembly in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Development[edit]

The Lincoln MKX made its first appearance 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 then changed to the phonetic "em-kay-eks".[1] 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.[2]

First generation (2007–2015)[edit]

First generation
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Pre-facelift Lincoln MKX
Overview
Production 2006–2015
Model years 2007–2015
Assembly Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Oakville Assembly)
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door crossover SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Ford CD3 platform
Related Ford Edge
Ford Fusion
Mercury Milan
Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ
Mazda6
Powertrain
Engine 3.5 L Duratec 35 V6 engine (2007–2010)
3.7 L Duratec 37 V6 engine (2011–2015)
Transmission 6-speed 6F automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 111.2 in (2,824 mm)
Length 186.5 in (4,737 mm)
Width 75.8 in (1,925 mm) (2007–2010)
76.0 in (1,930 mm) (2011–2015)
Height 67.5 in (1,714 mm) (2007)
67.3 in (1,709 mm) (2008–2015)
Curb weight 4,220 lb (1,910 kg) (FWD)
4,420 lb (2,000 kg) (AWD)

The 2007 MKX debuted in December 2006 as a rebadged 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,[3] 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.[4]

Rear view of the 2007–2010 MKX

As a rebadged 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.[5] 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.[4]

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.

Refresh (2011–2015)[edit]

2011–2015 Lincoln 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 3.7-liter DOHC V6 which boosts the MKX's power up to 305 hp and 280 lb·ft of torque.

Second generation (2016–present)[edit]

Second generation
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2016 Lincoln MKX Reserve
Overview
Production 2015–present
Model years 2016–present
Assembly Oakville, Ontario, Canada (Oakville Assembly)
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door crossover SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Ford CD4 platform
Related Ford Edge
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic

The second generation Lincoln MKX was revealed as a concept vehicle at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The production model was revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and officially went on sale in the fall of 2015. The base price remained similar to the 2015 model at just over $38,000. The standard engine is the Duratec 37 V6 rated at 303 bhp (226 kW) at 6500 rpm and 278 lb·ft (377 N·m) at 4000 rpm. The optional engine is the all new Ecoboost V6 that produces 335 bhp (250 kW) at 5500 rpm and 380 lb·ft (515 N·m) at 3000 rpm.

Trim levels include Premiere, Select, Reserve and top level Black Label.

Lincoln MKX concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Sales[edit]

Calendar Year American sales
2006[6] 859
2007[6] 37,953
2008[7] 29,076
2009[8] 21,433
2010[9] 21,932
2011[10] 23,395
2012[11] 25,107
2013[12] 23,913
2014[13] 23,995
2015[14] 22,199

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lincoln Dealer Confusion Forces Model-Name Changes". Blogs.cars.com. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Honda Takes Ford to Court Over SUV Name". Insideline.com. 
  3. ^ Ford Motor Company. "2007 MKX Exterior/Interior." Ford Media. 2006. http://media.ford.com/press_kits_detail.cfm?presskit_id=1373&item_id=4264&press_section_id=2869
  4. ^ a b Ford Motor Company. "2007 MKX Technical Specifications." Ford Media. 2006. http://media.ford.com/press_kits_detail.cfm?presskit_id=1373&item_id=4261&press_section_id=2878
  5. ^ Ford Motor Company. "2007 MKX Chassis." Ford Media. 2006. http://media.ford.com/press_kits_detail.cfm?presskit_id=1373&item_id=4263&press_section_id=2871
  6. ^ a b "Ford Motor Company 2007 sales". January 3, 2008. 
  7. ^ "F-Series drives ford to higher market share for third consecutive month" (PDF). Ford Motor Company. January 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  8. ^ "FORD CAPS 2009 WITH 33 PERCENT SALES INCREASE, FIRST FULL-YEAR MARKET SHARE GAIN SINCE 1995 | Ford Motor Company Newsroom". Media.ford.com. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  9. ^ http://media.ford.com/images/10031/Dec10sales.pdf
  10. ^ http://media.ford.com/images/10031/Dec11sales.pdf
  11. ^ http://media.ford.com/images/10031/Dec12sales.pdf
  12. ^ "Ford Motor Company Delivers Best Sales Year Since 2006" (PDF). Media.ford.com. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  13. ^ "Ford Posts Best U.S. December Sales Results since 2005" (PDF). Media.ford.com. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  14. ^ "New Products Make Ford Best-Selling Brand for Sixth Straight Year" (PDF). Media.ford.com (Press release). 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 

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