|Production||2007 - present|
|Class||Mid-size Luxury Crossover|
|Body Style||5-door, 5-seat CUV|
|Transmission||6-speed SelectShift Automatic, FWD / AWD|
|Engine||3.7 litre Duratec® Ti-VCT V6|
|Power|| 305 hp @ N/A rpm|
280 lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
|Similar|| Lexus RX |
The Lincoln MKX (pronounced "Mark X") is a crossover SUV made by Ford's Lincoln marque and expected to replace the Explorer-based Aviator in 2007. The MKX will be built alongside the related Ford Edge at Oakville Assembly in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the first Lincoln built in Canada since 1936. According to the official Lincoln web-site, prices for the 2007 MKX are going to range from $35,420 to $44,885.
It is the first vehicle to use Lincoln's new naming convention, which eliminates names in favor of the European-inspired sets of letters and/or numbers. The MKX was originally named "Aviator", but the name was changed shortly before the 2006 North American International Auto Show. In 2004 Lincoln had previously shown another "Mark X" concept vehicle, based on the Ford Thunderbird with a retractable roof.
The Lincoln MKX (codename U388) is expected for 2007. It will use the CD3 platform, shared with the Ford Edge,Mazda CX-7 and CX-9, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ, and Mazda6. The new MKX is a unibody construction crossover SUV rather than a truck-based body-on-frame SUV like its predecessor, the Lincoln Aviator.
The Edge and MKX will be the first vehicles to use Ford's 3.5 L Duratec 35 V6 engine. This new engine produces 265 hp (198 kW) and 250 ft·lbf (339 N·m) and is mated to the new 6F six-speed automatic transmission co-developed with General Motors.
See Autopedia's comprehensive Lincoln MKX Review.
- The 2010 NAIAS hosted the debut of the the MKX's first major facelift, the 2011 MKX, which brings its design language in line with Lincoln's current corporate DNA. The most obvious is the adoption of a large MKT-style split-wing grille, the restyled LED taillamps and the new 18 in wheels (w/ 20 in rims optional). Underneath, the refreshed MKX gets the Mustang's new 3.7 litre Ti-VCT Duratec V6 which now produces 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, an improvement of 15 % and 12 %, respectively, while the FWD model averages up to 25 mpg on the highway. To utilize the newfound power, the suspension has been tweaked with retuned springs, shocks and stabilizer bars and new four-wheel disc brakes. Inside, the biggest news is the omission of physical buttons in the center console in favor of capacitive touch ones allied to Lincoln's new MyLincoln Touch driver connect system (itself an evolution of Ford's SYNC). Other tech goodies include Voice-Activated Navigation System, iTunes Tagging, HD Radio, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Collision Warning with Brake Support. 
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- RECALL ALERT: On Oct. 30, 2010, Ford announced a recall for 71 MY2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX due to rear latches that are unable to be locked. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the locks weren't programmed properly from the factory, and as such, the rear gate can't be locked by any of the buttons inside of the vehicle or even the key fob. Ford will reprogram the locks free of charge, and the recall is set to get under way starting on November 1.
The NHTSA has conducted crash tests of the 2007 MKX. Its full scores are available at 
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- White Chocolate Tri-Coat ($495.00)
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News and References
- 2011 Lincoln MKX with Fresh Looks, New 3.7-Liter V6 and Button-Free Environment Premieres in Detroit
- 2011 Lincoln MKX Major Facelift Revealed in Detroit
- Review: 2011 Lincoln MKX
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