The Lincoln MKX is a mid-size luxury SUV, marketed and sold by the Lincoln brand of Ford Motor Company. It represented the luxury version for the Ford Edge. The 2018 Lincoln MKX was the last model year for the MKX name, before becoming the Lincoln Nautilus and wearing a new corporate fascia.
First Generation (2007-2015)
The Lincoln MKX seats five passengers for this small SUV. Its exterior design featured a chromed grille, with a grid and five vertical slats. Chrome-accented fog-lights were featured on the lower side of the bumper. Standard wheels were 18” in size, and optional 20” light-alloy wheels were available. For the drivetrain, the MKX featured a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The front seats were wide, with the rear seats able to recline. Standard safety features included four-wheel anti-lock brakes, side-impact front-seat airbags and side curtain airbags.
Redesigned for 2011, it offered a new V6 engine with 305 horsepower and touch-sensitive dashboard controls. The engine delivered plenty of power and the cabin was plush and neatly finished.
In 2013, there were newly available 22-inch aluminum wheels and in 2014, there was a newly available Limited-Edition Package.
Second Generation (2016-2018)
Redesigned for 2016, it had an optional 335 horsepower, 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, standard heated front seats, and optional 19-speaker Revel premium stereo. Its Sync 2 infotainment unit did not yet offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but connected to a smartphone through a dedicated app. New technologies included LED tail lights and lamps in the mirrors that projected messages downwards when the driver was within 9 feet of the car. More options included adaptive steering and the optional adaptive LED headlights. Standard front-wheel-drive was offered, while all-wheel-drive was available. Overall fuel economy was 18 mpg.
The 2018 Lincoln MKX came in four trims: Premier, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. Drivetrain combinations for all trims include a V6 or a twin-turbocharged V6 and front-wheel or all-wheel drive. SYNC 3 was the standard infotainment system and featured an 8-inch touch screen, 10 speaker stereo and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Voice recognition, satellite radio, two USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot were also standard. An available rear-seat DVD entertainment system was an option. The base Premier comes with synthetic leather upholstery, while the higher trims will come with leather upholstery. Available features on the Select trim include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, while the Reserve and Black Label includes them as standard.
For the 2019 model, the second-generation MKX underwent a mid-cycle revision, taking on the Lincoln Nautilus nameplate.