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Detroit: 2011 Lincoln MKX Revealed

New look, new features, more power and better materials make the upgrade.

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01-12-10: Lincoln has intruduced its mid-cycle refresh of the mid-size crossover MXK for the 2011 model year. Lincoln says the changes extend to all areas of the vehicle including new features and technologies, new front and rear clips, a new interior, a new more powerful engine.

Lincon is touting luxury features as the top headline for the new 2011 Lincoln MKX. The industry-first MyLincoln Touch experience, powered by Lincoln SYNC, replaces traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, crisp LCD screens and five-way buttons like those found on cell phones and MP3 players. The screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each individual driver using a simple button click, voice command or touch screen tap.


In addition to the usual audio and climate control features, the touch-sensitive technology also operates the volume and fan controls, which is exclusive to Lincoln. Drivers can swipe their fingers along the slider to adjust the volume. The slider features 10 distinct touchpoints; three full swipes bring the system to maximum volume. Customers also can touch anywhere along the slider to get a corresponding increase or decrease in volume. The fan control is operated in a similar fashion. On both the volume control and the fan control, the distinctive Lincoln White lighting acts as a chaser.

The new Lincoln also comes with Ford's new Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert is a new available feature on the 2011 Lincoln MKX. Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support allows the driver to set the vehicle’s speed and maintain it without using the accelerator pedal, and warns the driver of a potential collision risk. It also helps reduce speed and automatically pre-charges brakes and engages an electronic brake assist system to help drivers stop more quickly when the system detects a collision is imminent.

A wealth of upgrades means the 2011 Lincoln MKX will provide a more connected feel between the driver and the road through responsive acceleration, engaging steering, spirited handling and confident braking. New 18-inch tires and wheels improve handling. Twenty-inch wheels are available as well.

Brake upgrades are in store with steel pistons, larger rear rotors, revised brake friction materials, revised brake booster gain and revised pedal ratios, all of which enable more initial bite and a firmer, more confident feel when customers press on the brake pedal.

Best off all, the new MKX gets Mustang's 305 hp 3.7-liter Duratec V-6, which employs Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) to increase horsepower and torque without compromising fuel economy. Expecte fuel economy of is up to 25 mpg highway aided by a new six-speed select shift transmission.

Outside, the 2011 Lincoln MKX gets the latest greatest corporate double wing face, redesigned LED tail lamps and a host of other detail touches. The greenhouse is largely unchanged however. Artistic 4-inch oval exhaust tips are added too give a more expensive look.

The interior got a fair bit of rethinking and upgrading in both design and material quality. Ford and Lincoln are all about getting rid of that hard snappy plastic we have come to call "cheap". Gentle details that bring out Lincoln standards of quality and excellence include brightwork on the vents, genuine stitching on the doors and softer armrests with upgraded materials. The cupholders, with available ambient lighting, are found beneath the independent sliding leather-covered console lids, which feature decorative stitching. A power tilt/telescoping steering column and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

All-new leather-trimmed seats, comfort sections and standard tuxedo stripe embrace the new Lincoln DNA sew style. More genuine aluminum appliqués are standard, with aluminum accents on the door added to the spears on the instrument panel.

The two available wood accents – Olive Ash and Walnut Swirl – on the steering wheel, dashboard and doors add character and form; each selection has a livelier, natural appearance, adding even more character to the interior. Whether customers select aluminum or wood, the increased use of genuine materials in the 2011 Lincoln MKX ensures that each interior will be distinctive.

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