Lincoln MKX Concept First Look

What's New

In an effort to revive a struggling brand, Lincoln is unveiling its first vehicle intended for a global audience. That car is the MKX Concept midsize utility, which serves to shake up Lincoln's less than inspired lineup. The Lincoln MKX Concept five-door crossover features thoughtful new styling elements. The first thing we notice is the aggressive pair of LED lights that blend into a restyled grille. The aerodynamic sloping roofline adds to the sporty look. To portray off-road capability, the new MKX Concept has heightened ground clearance and reinforced the wheel arches. Other notable on the concept include 21-inch aluminum wheels, redesigned taillights, and a panoramic glass roof.

Engine and Drivetrain

Unfortunately, we do not have information on the MKX's powertrain at this time. It may carry over the 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 engine from the current generation. But perhaps a more fuel efficient option is on its way. This could be a new 270 horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine set on the MKC. Or perhaps it will be the Ford Edge's 2.0-liter EcoBoost. Right now, all we can do is speculate.

Our Thoughts

We think Lincoln gave us a realistic concept that may translate well into a full production vehicle. And although bold, its new look still retains Lincoln's styling DNA. But with all the other competitors on the market, including models from Acura and Buick, we can't tell if this will truly be a hit in the U.S. Sales of Lincoln cars in the U.S. have fallen 65 percent from their peak in 1990. Hopefully launching the car in China will give the brand a fresh start. If Lincoln continues to differentiate itself from Ford products in a compelling way, and makes its cars more fun to drive, we may be seeing a success story in the coming years.