DETROIT – The production version of the 2016 Lincoln MKX crossover looks like the concept the struggling premium brand unveiled at the Beijing show last spring. Both, therefore, look like a stretched Lincoln MKC, the breakout new model that’s hit the sweet spot of the white-hot compact premium CUV segment — strong customer reaction to the MKC helped push Lincoln’s sales up 15.6 percent in 2014. This is all good news. The Lincoln design language, with its 1941 Continental-style grille, is well-suited to the compact and midsize CUV segments, which offer just the right proportions.
Good news for audiophiles, as well; Lincoln has one-upped its THX sound systems for a new Revel Ultima 19-speaker audio system. If the quality we heard on a Revel home audio system in a special listening room at the North American International Auto Show is typical, the Revel hi-fi (Harmann’s audiophile brand) sounds fabulous.
Yes, we know, a listening room with six-foot speakers is not the same as the interior of an acoustically tuned room. But that’s the point; because of the structure and acoustics of a car, the sound often is better than in your home.
The 2016 Lincoln MKX is related to the new 2015 Ford Edge and will launch with a 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine, and an optional 330-hp, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard, with all-wheel drive optional.