Friday, October 8, 2010

2011 Lincoln MKX First Drive

From a styling aspect, the 2007-2010 "Lincoln MKX was a curious blend of 1962 Continental, 1995 Town Car and modern crossover SUV, thanks to it’s full width front grille and LED taillight assembly that ran across the rear hatch opening.

For 2011, the "Lincoln MKX" adopts the current Lincoln corporate profile, with a much more aggressive nose profile that apes the Lincoln MKX. For the former, there’s an 8-inch liquid crystal display which contains controls to the vehicle’s info/entertainment system and climate control, activated purely by finger touch - hence the name. As befitting a current Lincoln product, a THX sound system is included, as is the latest version of the Ford’s SYNC voice command system, activated by buttons in the steering wheel, plus a new first – High Definition radio.

The info/entertainment system is one of the least fussy we’ve encountered on a luxury branded vehicle of late, which should bode well for Lincoln’s target audience, especially considering that on many competitors, it’s getting harder and harder to perform basic vehicle functions such as changing cabin temperature or selecting music.

A leather-stitched dashboard is a new feature; blending in with the revised center stack.
Thanks to a lower idle speed (600 rpm), fuel shut-off and a variable-displacement power steering pump, the engine is notably more thrifty than the old 3.5 and Lincoln claims best in class fuel economy at 19 miles per gallon city/ 26 highway on front-drive models

The result is an Lincoln MKX that is noticeably quieter and even smoother riding than before. Thanks to new tires mounted on standard 18-inch wheels, grip is noticeably better than before and even in base front-drive form, the Lincoln MKX feels surprisingly neutral.

Lincoln is expanding their line up with seven new, or completely refreshed vehicles being introduced into the market over the next four years. I think Lincoln is off to a great start. This mid-size crossover is beautiful. The front end has a sculpted, updated look. The distinguishing split-wing grille lets everyone know that this is a Lincoln.

Step inside and the interior updates are another great improvement!

The centre stack is surrounded by upgraded soft touch materials, chrome accents and genuine stitching on the leather. The fit and finish is absolutely exquisite.

MyLincoln Touch has an eight inch LCD touch screen, media hub with two USB ports, RCA video input jacks and SD card reader and five-way controls on the steering wheel

Ford says that the new models will bring genuinely distinctive bodies -- not just fascias and soft points -- over shared mechanicals, much like Lincoln’s MKT three-row crossover related to the Ford Flex. By dropping the old egg-crate grille in favor of Lincoln’s signature split-wing opening, the Lincoln MKX strengthens the brand’s visual identity. As significant as the exterior update is, the interior refresh has even more impact. Lincoln designers and product planners were well aware that the outgoing model lacked the effortless style and luxury of a well-executed premium interior. Heated and cooled front seats are standard and heated rear seats are an option. The Lincoln MKX rolls on standard 18-inch wheels or optional 20-inch wheels.

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