Lincoln MKX 2.7T. A Luxury Brand Beyond Ford

A View at Lincoln

Based on the capable and popular Ford Edge, the Lincoln MKX was one of the most-enjoyable luxury SUVs this year. since the Edge itself is based on the mature and reliable Fusion platform, it is no mistake to state that the MKX has a solid foundation.

Realistically, we should not expect a dedicated platform for any Lincoln model in a foreseeable feature. to do that, Lincoln has to prove itself as a major and global luxury player which is probably at least two model generations away.

Or test vehicle was fully loaded and had options worth of $14,575 thus catapulting the total price to almost 70 Grand (to $68,575, to be exact). Lincoln’s new pricing policy shows courage and self-confidence.

Driving Impressions

As the Blue Ovals put great efforts to establish Lincoln as their only luxury brands, MKX’s success is vitally important. The first impressions were a very quiet interior, well-crafted and refined, with high-tech features. Our test vehicle had the 335-hp, 2.7-liter turbo V6 under the hood. This was a smooth engine delivering an effortless thrust and joy of driving.  The handling was sporty and I thought that Lincoln is looking at sporty, premium German brands and got some inspiration. Tall drivers, like my son found the push-button shifter a bit problematic. He says the buttons are too away when you move your seat rearward for a comfortable legroom. The shift dial is a Lincoln feature, and even if it is not to everybody’s taste it will probably remain.The quiet cabin, with abundant wood, brushed metal, and leather surfaces gives you sufficient level of differentiation from a Ford Edge and helps to justify the price difference of about 20 Grands. Convenience and safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and cross-traffic alert.

 

As the infotainment system, Synch-3 replaces MylincolnTouch which is much easier to use.

I myself love the high seating position and the big doors which facilitate entry and exit comfortable.

The exterior design is its own character. Subjectively speaking, I could not make sure which of the cousins is more attractive when it comes to exterior design. Edge or the MKX?

Fuel Consumption

Everything comes at a price. This fully-loaded car with AWD generated an average consumption of 13.9 liters after a mixed mode of driving.

Conclusion

Having tested several Lincolns in the last couple of years, I can say Ford takes Lincoln much more serious to establish Lincoln as a luxury brand with its own identity. And more efforts seem to be necessary on the side of exterior design. Again, subjectively speaking.

The Specifications
Type of vehicle All-whell midsize SUV-CUV
Power 2.7L, V6-cylinder GTDI Ecoboost engine,
Transmission Six-speed automatic
Brakes Four-wheel disc with ABS
Price: base/as tested $52.100 / $68,575
Destination charge $1,900
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km) 14.4 city, 10.3 highway
Standard features AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, ABS (anti-lock brakes), hill start assist, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors, Easy Fuel capless fuel filler, Multifunctional Message Centre with LCD screen
Options Cargo Utility Package: $350, Technology Package $ 1,100 (Active Park Assist, adaptive cruise control, lane assist), Driver Assistance Package: $2,500, Canadian Touring Package: $2,950, Luxury Package: $5,500, Class II Trailer tow Pkg $ 500, 22-Way Power Driver Seat: $1,500, Enhanced Security Package: $75

Total options: $14,575

Destination charge: $1,900

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by Ford Canada via BHG Media

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