The Lincoln MKX is an all-new vehicle for 2007. It plays in the Midsize Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle segment and is the first crossover vehicle for Lincoln. The MKX replaces the Aviator and features five-passenger seating, a 3.5L V-6 engine, and a long list of technologically advanced safety and comfort and convenience features. This is also the first time Lincoln has used an alphanumeric designation for its vehicles, as do many other luxury brands. The MKX is scheduled to go on sale in the fall of 2006.
Lincoln's sport utility vehicles (SUVs) traditionally have been truck-based. However, the MKX will offer car-like ride and handling characteristics because it's based on Ford's CD3 platform, which is shared with the forthcoming Ford Edge and the current trio of Lincoln Zephyr/Mercury Milan/Ford Fusion sedans. MKX styling is modern, clean, and provides an aerodynamic look. There will be one engine choice: an all-new 3.5L DOHC V-6, which will produce 250 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Lincoln promises the MKX will provide excellent performance while at the same time delivering fuel economy in the mid-20s in combined city/highway driving. The engine is mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
High-tech features on the MKX include optional adaptive lighting, which helps to improve visibility while cornering at night, as the headlights swivel around curves based on steering-wheel input. Heated and cooled front seats, which originated with the Lincoln brand, are optional as well. The front-row center console features removable dividers, which allow passengers to customize the storage area to accommodate laptop computers, purses, CDs, and other items. Another new feature to the Lincoln brand that's available on the MKX is Vista Roof, a large forward sunroof with a fixed, rear moonroof that includes dual power sunshades to block out glare. Extra effort was taken to lessen the amount of noise, vibration, and harshness that is transmitted into the cabin. The MKX features extensive sound-deadening materials around the cabin and uses laminated front windshield glass and thicker side door glass to reduce interior noise.
The MKX features six air bags, including side-curtain air bags, as well as the optional AdvanceTrac stability control system with Roll Stability Control. Both features are designed to help the vehicle stay on the driver's intended path and prevent the vehicle from rolling over during sudden maneuvers.
The Lincoln MKX competes in the Midsize Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 14 models. Buyers in this segment look for quality, reliability and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Lexus RX-Series (108,348 units sold), Acura MDX (54,121), and Volvo XC90 (33,200). The Lincoln MKX sold 859 units in 2006 in its first year on the market. Other models offered in the Midsize Premium CUV segment include the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and R-Class, BMW X5, Infiniti FX-Series, and Cadillac SRX.