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We Finally Get a Glimpse of the Next Gen Mid-Size CUV
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July 24, 2014
By: Austin Rutherford


After just a couple of weeks following the debut of the all-new Ford Edge, FIN has acquired spy shots of its sister vehicle, the 2016 Lincoln MkX. The next generation mid-size luxury crossover will be very important to the resurgent Lincoln brand as the MkX will be their third product for the important Chinese market.

Previewed with a concept shown at the Beijing Auto Show in April, our spy shots show a highly camouflaged vehicle testing in Dearborn, Michigan earlier this year. Though most of the soft points have been hidden, we can tell that the 2016 production model will hold true to the concept's design language, as expected.

The bow-wave split wing grill that debuted on the Lincoln MKZ is retained, as is the slight kick up in the window line just before the C-pillar like the recently launched MkC. The production version appears to retain the pillared side mirrors of the concept as well.

The production version, however, appears to be shorter than the concept indicating it might not ride on a lengthened version of the Edge platform as did the concept. Regardless of final length, this new MkX will ride on the CD4.2 platform that will also underpin the forthcoming 2016 Ford S-Max and Galaxy.

The rear profile of the vehicle is heavily disguised and only gives hints at the tail lamps. That said, a bulge in the camo indicates the rear chin spoiler will be retained for production.

Lincoln never showed pictures of the MkX Concept’s interior, nor do the spy shots.

No engines have been confirmed for the 2016 MkX, but it is a good bet that the 2.3-liter I-4 EcoBoost engine will come standard. Engine noise from the prototype, according to the spy photographers, was that of a V-6. This leads us to believe a Nano family engine (as in the 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost) will grace the MkX as an option. Other options or standard equipment should include a panoramic vista roof and Lincoln Drive Control, among others.

The 2016 Lincoln MkX should debut within the next auto season with sales likely starting in mid-2015. Production will continue in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. With Edge production set to begin in China in the near future, however, do not be surprised if the MkX starts production in China as well.















A Big Thank You to DetroitBorg for helping us receive the photos!
 

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Too bad those funky directionals on the mirrors didn't make it into production.

 

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Thanks again to Borg for getting these pics.

The profile appears to remain the same as the current gen Edge/MKX. I have to agree that it definately looks shorter and stubbier versus the concept. It lost the long hood of the concept that gave it that planted look. I know it will keep alot of the design cues of the concept but Lincoln has to stop losing the long hoods or longer wb in the production version as they did in the MKC.
 

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It'll be nice just like the MKC is, but it would sure be nice if Lincoln would stop teasing with concepts that are so close production in most areas except proportions. I can't help but expect that like the MKC I'll see the production MKX and think its a good looking car, yet always be bothered by what it could have been. The fact that they make those proportion adjustments tells us what they want to build, it's unfortunate they're not allowed to.
 

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Even with its shortcomings, it'll still look better than any of its FWD-based competitors. Maybe with the next generation, the MKX will as differentiated from the Edge as so many of us would like it to be.
 

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Just call me Mr. MKX, LOL.

Glad I could make this happen and give back to those MKX/Edge fans out there :)

It really does look like a bigger MKC, at least from the visible details.

Notice the integrated exhaust, the flap in the front camo for a camera (like the Edge), a different style of glass roof design than the Edge with roof rails (not a big fan of roof rails, but okay), the lack of a clamshell opening as indicated by the concept, a conventional lower air-damn almost identical in design to the MKC, and those oversized wheels...what size do you think?

Now if you compare it side-by-side with the Edge, you'll see that the door handles are much lower, a look I don't particularly care for on the MKC. The Edge actually has really slick door-handles integrated into the sheet metal sculpting (yeah, it's a thing).

Personally, I prefer the proportions here to the concept, I'm a big fan of the Edge shape, it's perfectly balanced and unique to the Edge/MKX without that typical blocky design of taller SUVs (and the concept MKX). This looks less ordinary to me.

I'm honestly not a big fan of the MKC design because of it's softness and the clamshell rear door which creates an imbalance in the design which is already a little pudgy (dat ass). The MKC may deliver the MKC look but in a more appealing package (for me anyway).

Just to compare camo to camo, here you go.





 

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Just call me Mr. MKX, LOL.

Just to compare camo to camo, here you go.


Mr. MKX, it appears the MKX has a longer front overhang and I can't get over the feeling that the wheelbase is a couple inches longer. Maybe its just the angle of the images that gives the MKX a longer look. I don't know.

Edit: Rear overhang looks quite a bit longer too.
 

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Well, you don't want to see more front overhang, you want to see less with a longer hood between the base of the windshield and the axle.
 

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Well, you don't want to see more front overhang, you want to see less with a longer hood between the base of the windshield and the axle.
Certainly that's what I would like to see. I'm just pointing out what I do see in those two images, hard to tell for sure until the padding is removed though.
 

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It's very neat that you guys were able to obtain the spy shots, good job!

It kind of looks like there's more space between the end of the windshield and the edge of the wheel well on the MKX spy shot than on the Edge. That's what we want to see!
 

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Interesting how there is a flap on both sides for refueling. With this being a MY2016, hopefully one is a plug and positioned in the rear due to available inductive charging that's always a the rear.

Looking at the global best selling Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which it seems the new MKX is targeting, has the same duel fuel doors on both sides of the vehicle.

Which could mean the 2016 MKX would be the first to use the new AWD Hybrid system.
 

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Mr. MKX, it appears the MKX has a longer front overhang and I can't get over the feeling that the wheelbase is a couple inches longer. Maybe its just the angle of the images that gives the MKX a longer look. I don't know.

Edit: Rear overhang looks quite a bit longer too.
Yeah first thing I noticed was the longer over hangs in front and rear.
 

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And check out those wheels in the last few shots!!! This is going to be one hot tomata!
 
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