A Look Back at Lincoln’s First Crossover SUV: The 2007 Lincoln MKX
Lincoln has been marketed as one of the leading luxury automobile brands in the United States by Ford, in direct competition with the Cadillac of General Motors. It was the MKX that marked Lincoln’s entry into the mid-size luxury SUV business and was dubbed a CUV, which stood for crossover utility vehicle. This small contrast also contributes to the MKX’s “best of both worlds” marketing positioning: the optional all-wheel-drive mobility, which was optional, and the comfort of an SUV combined with the handling and performance of a sedan. The vehicle also marked the next stage of growth for the company.
An athletic appearance has been designed by combining flowing and clean exterior lines. Groundbreaking new technology like the optional exclusive Vista Roof and bold styling like the available Adaptive Headlamps have worked together to elevate the driving experience to another level.
Lincoln MKX: a sports utility vehicle
The chrome grille running the full distance between the headlights was a striking design feature repeated with other Lincolns, including the Navigator and MKZ. The MKX’s projector-beam headlamps have been rotated with the steering to illuminate up to 36 more feet of the road around corners. At the flick of a switch, a massive 27.3-by-29.4-inch optional front sunroof slid fully or tilted for air, while a fixed 15.75-by-29.4-inch rear sunroof 31.3 inches offered rear passengers the view of the sky. When needed, dual-powered sun visors operated simultaneously to block glare.
The good looks of the MKX started with a legacy Lincoln grille, integrated fog lights and a steeply raked windshield. The design also includes blacked-out rocker panels along its high, flared fender flanks and is finished with a quick-tilt rear window below an integrated roof spoiler, wrap-around taillights linked by edge-to-edge LEDs on the tailgate. , and sporty twin exhausts. The conventional 18-inch wheels have been moved as far to the corners as possible to improve their stance and maximize interior space.
Lincoln MKX: a comfortable and practical interior
The interior offered large, clear gauges and a well-organized center console containing the optional audio and DVD navigation systems. Interior lighting was cool white with satin nickel accents or optional wood. The huge, deep console enclosure features moveable slots for CDs, purses, or laptops. The second-row seat’s 60/40 split provides plenty of room in all dimensions and can be pushed forward on flat ground or tilted up to 15 degrees with the same simple lever. The huge rear hatch opened to provide 31.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row, or 68.7 cubic feet when folded.
The leather-wrapped power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering wheel with cruise control and audio controls gave the cabin space an elegant look. In addition, the dual air conditioning with particle filter ensures passenger comfort. Other features such as six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, power heated mirrors, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry with keypad, MP3 compatible premium audio with six-CD changer and three 12-volt sockets were also made available by the car manufacturer.
The MKX also came with plenty of optional features to suit the tastes of its consumers, in addition to the basic interior amenities mentioned earlier. Heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, three wood interior trim options, a THX-certified 14-speaker audio system and DVD navigation with voice technology capable of reading turn-by-turn directions in three languages were also among the features. features available. Lincoln provided an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system with an eight-inch drop-down screen, SIRIUS satellite radio, MP3 input port and a fourth 12-volt outlet in the console box for iPod, cell phone , laptop or PDA. to turn the vehicle into a mobile entertainment package.
Lincoln MKX: engine and safety
The crossover was powerful and efficient thanks to an innovative 3.5L aluminum DOHC Duratec V6 engine that produced 265 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its fast class-exclusive six-speed automatic transmission, it could use more power while consuming less gas, resulting in a smooth and spirited ride with fewer stops at the pump. The V6 engine could accelerate the vehicle from 0-60 MPH in just 8.1 seconds, while it took 23.2 seconds to reach 0-100 MPH and had a top speed of 111 MPH. This outstanding performance was coupled with splendid fuel economy, which amounted to 16/24 MPG city/highway.
As you would expect from a luxury SUV, the vehicle also came with a long list of standard safety features. Six airbags, including side airbags for the front seats and full-length side curtain airbags, were standard for traction and stability control with rollover mitigation technology. Standard features included anti-lock disc brakes and a tire pressure monitor. Child door locks, child seat anchors, stability control and rear parking sensors were also included.
The base price of the Lincoln MKX was $36,445, which was quite reasonable for a car of its stature. After adding up the options provided by the company, the price jumps to $43,595 or more.
Sources: JD Power, Car And Driver, CNET
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