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Cant post a new thread, but the refreshed MKX has been spotted https://www.motor1.com/news/149767/2019-lincoln-mkx-restyle-caught/
2019 Lincoln MKX Restyle Caught Showing...
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- Christopher Smith - Jun 28, 2017

Having been thoroughly updated for 2016, Lincoln isn’t letting any grass grow with its MKX luxury crossover. These are the first spy shots of what will likely be the 2019 MKX, and though it wears heavy camouflage on the front, we can see the redesign will ditch the current two-piece grille for a single affair similar to the new Continental. It also appears the manufacturer is going with a two-tier lighting arrangement up front, not unlike what we’ve seen on the Jeep Cherokee and the new Hyundai Kona.

The rest of the prototype suggests few other exterior changes, save for something in the works with the tail lights. Interior updates are likely to be similarly subtle, with Black Label editions almost a certainty. Power wise, the new MKX should continue with its EcoBoost V6 engine options though a new four-cylinder choice isn’t out of the question.

Whatever lurks beneath the hood, it will turn either the front wheels or all four, and General Motors might even step in with a jointly developed nine-speed automatic transmission replacing the current six-speed gearbox.

Lincoln would love to step up its presence in the luxury crossover segment. Though MKX sales have bumped up ever-so-slightly thus far through 2017 it still trails far behind the Cadillac XT5, not to mention German competition from BMW and Audi, the latter of which continues to enjoy record sales while other manufacturers are struggling. As crossover sales continue to expand, the segment is quickly becoming a key battleground area for manufacturers looking to stake a claim and Lincoln badly needs a win if it wants to remain competitive.

Lincoln will likely unveil the updated MKX later this year, or possibly in 2018 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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from the MKC thread...
Hmm, there are some Navigator details in that grille like the squarer/taller shape and LED light fixtures just below the headlamps. The headlamps also seem to follow the taller swepted-back shape of the Navigator as opposed to the thin and low shapes we have now. Should give the whole fascia a much more prominent upright SUV character...which might be at odds with the rest of the body...but we'll see.

I'm curious about the Edge update, that face needed an update the day it came out.
It looks like both the 2019 MKC and MKX might be doing away with the full-width tail lights???
I don't think they are actually redesigning these features at all, they are just covered up by vinyl camo. They are not critical cosmetic features, they don't need to be exposed for testing. Like the MKZ I think the updates are centered entirely around the front-end.
OK, so I have seen the upgraded MKX several times now as well as the MKC, and I have to say, I am getting used to them. I was critical at first of the MKX, mostly because I really like the X front end. Personally, I was not a fan of the C front end, so this is an improvement imo. Verdict is still out for me on the X, but it is growing on me.
 

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One of the things that I find encouraging about the back is that unless they've filled everything in with camo padding, it looks like they have filled in the lift-gate so it has a more wrap-around design which would be a huge improvement over the conflicting surface it has now. If they fix that design gripe and remove the acre of red plastic on on the rear fenders, I might be able to feel better about the business up front which I suspect I won't love. The MKX has had many ugly fascias however when you look back at it, my least favorite is still the 2011, but I have to admit they didn't look that ugly at the time. At least they keep iterating.
 

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It looks like the rear lights may have a thinner design to match the thinner front headlight design.
You can see the existing taillights behind the camo.

And everything else looks to be the same below the lights.

I agree with those that said this will be like MKZ where the vast majority of the change is up front.

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One thing I would like to see is for the outer running light ring become the brake light, with an amber turn signal in the center clear part, rather than the current setup of the brake light in the center.
 

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Anyway, enough about grilles, lets talk powertrains.
2.7L will be no more, and 400hp 3.0L will soon be top shelf engine. Which transmission is available at launch? I hope the 8 speed. Nice.....
I'll go out on a very sturdy limb and suggest it'll be paired with the torque vectoring AWD! Love it!
 

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The drivetrain upgrades will certainly make up for any design quibbles. The drivetrain, black label, and option upgrades will also help to get MKX to $70K at the top-end. I assume the Continental's expensive HUD upgrade will make it here as well.
 

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I can't tell if the rear bumper is different or not. The bottom doesn't look different, but the character line/crease that sits above the lower reflectors looks as if it runs more horizontal rather than sweeping upward toward the taillight in the current model.
 

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400hp 3.0T + torque-vectoring 9speed is expectible
but
imho-harder-to-figure is WHAT ELSE for entry-level...( hybrid? if-not-PIH? )...
...I checked & 2018my has 3.7 & 2.7T both in Fwd or Awd
I doubt Ford is making a Lincoln exclusive transmission since they redesigned it to make it "better". Using the 9-speed in a Lincoln is an admission that it's not and the optics would make Ford look bad and Chevy good.
 

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Anyway, enough about grilles, lets talk powertrains.
2.7L will be no more, and 400hp 3.0L will soon be top shelf engine. Which transmission is available at launch? I hope the 8 speed. Nice.....
I think they should still offer the 2.7, basically just mirror the Continental's engine lineup. Although I've been wondering if the 3.7 V6 may be on it's way out, possibly replaced by 3.5 based off the new 3.3 used in the F-150. Either way the new transmission should be there.
 

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^ TY, Badhac :thumb:
my head's not 'registering' that 3.3 yet. It + the 3.0T sound pretty good to me
:joyous: ...tho still want something electrifried...soonish

I doubt Ford is making a Lincoln exclusive transmission since they redesigned it to make it "better". Using the 9-speed in a Lincoln is an admission that it's not and the optics would make Ford look bad and Chevy good.
I have the impression that
- the 9-speed is mechanically ready,
- just the controls/'tuning'/software which is Fomoco-specific is different
from GM
- who ^ is planning on charging a Lot for it on a Few models'-toptrims
- what Fomoco is working-on 'exclusively' (as a price-breaker) is the 8-speed
 

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So... I've been thinking (which is never good) and I am wondering now if the C and X will debut side by side possibly at LA?
If they knock those 2 out then the lineup will FINALLY be uniform with grilles. (MKT doesn't count for obvious reason)
 

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So... I've been thinking (which is never good) and I am wondering now if the C and X will debut side by side possibly at LA?
If they knock those 2 out then the lineup will FINALLY be uniform with grilles. (MKT doesn't count for obvious reason)
I don't think it's a crazy proposition. Though I think it could depend on whether they have a concept they want to surprise everyone with.

If there's a concept to come, it'd be possible to see MKC/MKX at the same show, with the concept at a third, larger show.

Otherwise, I think it could be like MKZ/Conti where they're shown at different shows.
 

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I can't tell if the rear bumper is different or not. The bottom doesn't look different, but the character line/crease that sits above the lower reflectors looks as if it runs more horizontal rather than sweeping upward toward the taillight in the current model.

You are right. The rear bumper is different, with the hard line horizontal in place of the current upward crease. The lights are different,too.
 

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You are right. The rear bumper is different, with the hard line horizontal in place of the current upward crease. The lights are different,too.
I'm not seeing different lights in there.
 

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I don't think it's a crazy proposition. Though I think it could depend on whether they have a concept they want to surprise everyone with.

If there's a concept to come, it'd be possible to see MKC/MKX at the same show, with the concept at a third, larger show.

Otherwise, I think it could be like MKZ/Conti where they're shown at different shows.
Well if that's the case then the big concept would probably be saved for NAIAS which could make MKC/MKX at LA. :angel
 
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