2011 Lincoln MKX Luxury Crossover Debuts in Detroit

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Early on, the news on the 2011 Lincoln MKX was good, but after the recent reveal of the model, it is looking even more impressive with the likelihood of being a winner in the marketplace. You may love or hate the styling, with the "high forehead" and "big-tooth" front fascia, but the real story lies on the inside, from the interior detailing and features to what lies under the hood.

That hood conceals a 305hp 3.7L powerplant with 280 lb-ft of torque, which utilizes the Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) technology that is also being used in the 2011 Ford Mustang. The Ti-VCT technology is unique in that it strikes a nice balance between power and fuel consumption. Even with the high horsepower and torque ratings, the MKX still achieves 9.4L/100km on the highway. Aiding in the low fuel consumption is a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission, which also offers an option for manual shifting. SelectShift allows the MKX driver to prompt gear changes, and will, for example, allow downshifting to a lower gear on a hill or through the curves and hold that gear until you shift out of it.

Just looking inside of the MKX will reveal attention to detail and a pretty high level of craftsmanship. Lincoln has been calling the MKX a luxury crossover for some time, and early reports of the hands-on experience with the 2011 MKX confirm that this is now much more than just a marketing gimmick. The centerpiece of the interior is the new MyLincoln Touch system, which is essentially MyFord Touch, rebranded. Think Ford SYNC 2.0 with a small steroid injection. MyLincoln Touch consists of an 8-inch touchscreen display on the centre stack and two 4.2-inch LCD screens to the right and left of the analog speedometer. All of this is controlled with Ford's award-winning Human-Machine Interface (HMI), which allows for control via touch or voice. The MyFord/MyLincoln Touch systems are truly a topic in their own right. Ford continues to impress as it has repeatedly set a high bar for automotive software control systems. If not already familiar with MyFord/MyLincoln Touch, any prospective car buyers really owe it to themselves to look into it as it does represent a paradigm shift in the driving experience. The intention has been to turn the car into an iPod-like experience - a goal that is getting closer to being achieved.

No words yet on when the MKX will hit the showrooms, but keep an eye out for it – it will certainly be worth a look and a drive.

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Topics: Crossover, Lincoln, 2011, MKX, $40,000 - $49,999, MyFord Touch, MyLincoln Touch,

Geographic location: Detroit

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