Lincoln MKX has defined the brands presence in the fast-growing premium crossover segment with elegant exterior design, an award-winning interior, and third party recognition for safety, quality, and technology. Lincoln MKX has consistently sold at a pace faster than its key competitors and brought new customers in the Lincoln dealer showroom at an impressive rate. The brands first crossover is one part of a product strategy to round out the Lincoln showroom and continues to deliver with new features and equipment for the 2008 model year.
The award-winning Lincoln MKX combines modern Lincoln design with a sporty stance, powerful engine and quiet interior. It also boasts such technological advances as adaptive headlamps that move with the steering wheel, a panoramic glass Vista Roof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, 14-speaker THX II-Certified audio system, and a voice-activated navigation system. The five-passenger luxury CUV is powered by a fuel-efficient 3.5-liter engine and class-leading 6-speed transmission with fully independent suspension. A suite of standard safety features including AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) and solid unibody construction have helped the Lincoln MKX earn a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
For 2008, Lincoln MKXs interior features even more luxurious color and material combinations with new bright nickel accents, while the available navigation system now features voice-recognition technology.
Additionally, customers can opt for new available 20-inch chrome wheels and choose from three new exterior colors Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Ink Blue Clearcoat Metallic and Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic.
Lincoln MKXs confident exterior and luxurious, quiet interior signal a new direction in Lincolns modern design.
The high beltline is defined by a stroke of chromed trim that caps broad shoulders, pronounced wheel lips and short overhangs that give Lincoln MKX its wide, athletic stance. A chromed cap on each side-view mirror adds a dramatic finishing touch.
Black rocker panels plant the vehicle to the ground, accentuating the standard 18-inch wheels and tires. For 2008, customers can now choose all-new 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels for an added touch of upscale flair.
Side marker lights cut into the simple, clean fascia and bend around to the side of the vehicle. Chrome-ringed fog lamps integrated into the lower fascia echo the chrome-tipped dual exhausts.
Distinctive lighting is a hallmark of modern Lincoln design, offering the perfect balance of art and functionality.
An available adaptive front lighting system consists of motor-driven halogen low beams based on steering-wheel input that swivel around curves. When cornering, the headlamps can illuminate a stretch of road up to 36 feet longer than conventional headlights.
Functional elegance is also the theme for Lincoln MKXs liftgate lighting. The system uses 16 light-emitting diodes (LEDs), eight outboard and eight inboard, flanking the Lincoln star. The result is an edge-to-edge band of illumination across the width of the liftgate.
Lincolns modern identity is evident in Lincoln MKXs comfortable, elegant interior that adds new color and material combinations with bright nickel accents and upgraded floor mats for 2008.
Lincoln MKX boasts the quietest Lincoln interior yet. In addition to conventional sound-absorbing techniques such as a thicker dash pad, laminated windshield and thicker side glass, Lincoln MKX blends unique materials for further reduction in road noise. A constrained-layer barrier is fused to the rear wheelhouses, and sound-deadening material is welded behind exterior trim panels.
The interior design is defined by a sweeping instrument panel flowing into a clean, well-organized center stack. Wood and bright nickel accents are carried to the door panels. Interior controls are bathed in Lincolns cool-white light for a pleasing nighttime cabin experience.
Removable dividers in the center console let customers adapt storage space for anything from laptop computers to handbags and CDs. The center console also features a concealed power point for a total of four throughout the interior and an MP3 audio jack. Phone and MP3 player cords can be neatly organized, and a slot molded into the console provides power-point access.
The interior is surprisingly spacious, defying its sleek exterior shape. Front seats have ten-way power adjustment including power lumbar for both driver and passenger, along with standard heated and cooled features. The second row is sure to make all occupants comfortable with available heated seats, as well as ample headroom and legroom.
In addition, the 60/40-split second row features impressive reclining angles of up to 15 degrees. It also folds in one fluid movement, either by the seat-mounted lever or a unique EasyFold remote switch accessible from the liftgate. Lincoln MKX offers 68.7 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded.
Powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, Lincoln MKX is Lincolns best example yet of effortless driving performance thanks to its wide stance, four-wheel independent suspension and the brands well-honed driving DNA.
Lincoln MKXs unibody construction provides a strong foundation for the four-wheel independent suspension. The MacPherson-strut front suspension is mounted to an isolated subframe that uses hydro-bushings to reduce unwanted steering wheel vibration.
A four-link, independent rear suspension uses stamped steel control blades and monotube shocks for precise suspension tuning. The rear shocks are mounted outboard and behind the wheel center to enhance ride and handling. Lincoln MKX comes standard with four-wheel disc brakes and an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
The available intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is tuned with an emphasis on luxury performance and confident all-weather driving. The system actively and seamlessly delivers torque to all four wheels, even before wheel slippage occurs. An active on-demand coupler delivers the precise amount of torque needed to the rear wheels. Paired with available traction control, intelligent AWD can transfer torque front-to-rear and side-to-side.
Source: Lincoln press