The current generation of the MKX is mostly a Ford Flex with different clothes, so even though the car looks on par with others in its class, it doesn’t really drive or even feel like one. This is also the main reason why sales have been quite bad lately. If you are a fan of this luxury crossover vehicles though and want to get one, just hold a little longer because there is going to be a 2016 Lincoln MKX which is not just going to be a facelift of the current model but rather a completely different car, with a new platform as well as new engines and a better quality interior.
2016 Lincoln MKX specs
Engine wise, the old 3.7-liter Duratec is expected to be discontinued in the favor of more efficient engines. The base 2016 Lincoln MKX is likely to receive a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 which will offer as much as 300 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. This is going to be mated to a new type of 6-speed automatic gearbox which will be offered in either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Unlike the previous model there is also a high chance that the Lincoln MKX 2016 will receive a new top end engine. This is going to compete with other luxury crossover SUVs from the European manufacturers and a few others as well. This is most likely going to be a 3.5-liter V6 with more than 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque which is likely to be offered only in an all-wheel-drive configuration.
In any case, the performance will be exceptional with a 0 to 60 MPH time of less than 6 seconds and a limited top speed of around 130 MPH.
2016 Lincoln MKX redesign
However, not only the engines are going to be changed but also its interior and exterior. The 2016 Lincoln MKX will get a more refined general shape which will now use Lincoln’s signature design rather than the old modern classic look. This should make it appeal to a broader audience which would also help the car sell. On the interior it is expected to share a lot of feature with the upcoming Continental, meaning a more upmarket interior with a lot more equipment and even better materials is going to be a certainty.
Lincoln MKX 2016 release date and price
While there is no official release date just yet, we expect that 2016 Lincoln MKX will be released for the public some time in 2016 while the production model will come before 2018. This allows Lincoln to have a lot of development time and improvement. One thing that will not change though is going to be the price. Just like before, the base Lincoln MKX 2016 is expected to cost around US $40,000 which is quite a lot for luxury crossover vehicle.