I was luck enough to catch the first glimpse of the 2016 Lincoln MKX Midsize utility vehicle at the North American International Auto Show. The design and style of the MKX is point on when it comes to a luxury utility vehicle.
The interior design of the 2016 Lincoln MKX complements the exterior design by blending function with flowing forms to inspire a sense of luxurious adventure. The interior is both open and cocoon-like, stunning yet quiet. The interior is sculpted with flowing, uninterrupted forms. The instrument panel curves gracefully into the console as occupants are surrounded by exquisite details. The flowing forms create visual harmony. The architectural instrument panel is balanced with flowing shapes and stitch lines. The instrument panel and spacious pass-through console create the perfectly balanced harmonious tension.
New for Lincoln are the available Revel® audio systems. The Revel Ultima system features 19 speakers with point-source architecture, which positions the tweeter and midrange speakers close together for superior audio quality and accuracy. The push-button gear shift enables true flow-through from the instrument panel to the center console. This execution creates a dramatic open suspension bridge that flows from the instrument panel to the center console, providing two tiers of open space. Dual-tier storage is added under the expansive, stitched center armrest. An implied flow extends from the instrument panel to the doors. The overall effect creates visual width and a feeling of openness. Rich materials and exquisite detailing add to the experience.
A dramatic, sculpted exterior defines the all-new 2016 Lincoln MKX midsize utility. Power, agility and confidence are communicated through the lines, surface language and execution. The bodyside’s crisp undercuts are inspired by a wing profile while the graphic of the split-wing grille also draws inspiration from aerodynamic shapes. The design execution of the 2016 Lincoln MKX evolves the brand design for utilities in a bolder, stronger direction.
The proud shoulders and horizontal beltline help define the muscular character.
Clean, seamless integration and premium execution of advanced technology is apparent front to back. Demonstrating the theme of dramatic form and dynamic function, the available full-LED headlamps are subtly executed as blades, rather than projectors, aligned with the horizontal execution of the Lincoln signature split-wing grille. Subtly executed in the grille area is the available front camera, which deploys from behind the Lincoln Star badging. This thoughtful approach helps offer the convenience of a 360-degree view for the driver while maintaining the location of the Lincoln Star badge on the front of the vehicle.
At the rear, this clean approach to design and functionality is mirrored in the integrated power dome, which houses 2016 LINCOLN MKX: DESIGN radio and satellite antennas on the spoiler. This execution, which eliminates an antenna jutting out, creates a clean design.
The signature full-width taillamp employs a filter to help the lamp read as one piece, rather than disparate dots of light. Below, integrated exhaust bezels unify the lower area.