2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2011 Lincoln MKX

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Ford has unveiled a facelifted version of its Lincoln MKX mid-size crossover, which comes into the 2011 model year wearing the brand’s new signature DNA. The freshening of the 2011 Lincoln MKX extends to all areas of the vehicle, with new features and technologies not available anywhere else, a new interior and exterior design, a new powertrain and an assortment of other improvements.

From the front alone, the 2011 Lincoln MKX now looks like a completely different vehicle, as it gets the more distinctive, “split wing” grille plus a completely new front fascia. Additionally, newly available HID headlamps and LED tail-lamps, plus the newly contoured fenders and hood, give it crisper details, and otherwise in back new four-inch-oval exhaust tips help give it a more aggressive look.

Power for the 2011 Lincoln MKX is supplied by Ford’s latest 3.7-liter Duratec V-6, which employs new technologies such as Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) to increase horsepower and torque without compromising fuel economy.

Peak output has been increased to 305-horsepower and 280-pound-feet of torque, which are up 15% and 12%, respectively, over the 2010 model. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission with pseudo manual mode and together with the new engine the 2011 Lincoln MKX will return a fuel economy of up to 25 mpg on the highway.

The biggest change to the interior has to be the new touch-sensitive instrument panel, which designers have used to replace a number of traditional center-stack controls. The new interface system combines a number of existing technologies, including the Sync system, into a single connected driver experience and is offered as standard.

The facelifted MKX is on display this week at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, with first sales to start later this year.


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Comments (7)
  1. I miss the wraparound taillights

  2. me too John. they were cool. gotta say though, Lincoln is kinda on a roll with very distinctive and classy-looking designs...now they just need to produce a boulevard cruiser sports car and put that Ecoboost V6 in it and they'd be set.

  3. Oh Joy - Now this one's as ugly as the other Lincolns...

  4. Too be fair it looks better then the 7 seater, and now they are making it more distinctive then its brother the Ford Edge.

  5. "boulevard cruiser sports car"
    An Oxymoron, if I ever heard one...

  6. The rear and interior are an improvement on the Ford Edge-derived original, but I really think the new nose is an abomination. If the nose were human, it would be suffering from water retention and a bad rhinoplasty procedure at the same time.

  7. Still a gussied up Ford Edge, noe just more gussied. Looks good inside and out, but is the premium owrth it? With Cadillac or Lexus you generally (not always) get unique cars, with Lincoln you are much more likely to get a refashioned Ford rather than something really different (the new Lincoln wagon/crossover thing excluded). For Lincoln to succeed they still need actual product.

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