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2016 Lincoln MKX Spied Ahead of 2015 Detroit Auto Show Debut

New crossover exposed inside and out.

The 2016 Lincoln MKX will make its public debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January, but our spy photographers managed to give us an early preview. With only light camouflage on the outside and almost none on the inside, it's easy to see the design direction of Lincoln's next crossover.

The look of the 2016 Lincoln MKX strongly follows that of the MKX concept shown in Beijing. Lincoln's signature split-wing, chrome-trimmed grille adorns the crossover's nose, and a strong character line that runs the length of the vehicle becomes especially defined above the rear wheels. An angled rear windshield is topped by a larger spoiler, while the liftgate itself reprises the full-width LED taillight design seen on other new Lincoln models, including the MKC and Navigator. There are very few areas in which this production-ready model diverges from the look of the earlier show car.

Within the cabin, the 2016 Lincoln MKX will employ a large touchscreen with the MyLincoln Touch infotainment software, flanked by the brand's push-button shifting controls on one side, and buttons for features like a camera system, self-parking, and parking sensors. The center stack flows gently into a center console with a large storage bin (made possible in part by the lack of a console shifter), with neat rows of climate-control switches where the surface curves at its base.

As we reported in our Sneak Preview story, the 2016 Lincoln MKX is related to the new 2015 Ford Edge. It has two rows of seating and will offer either front- or all-wheel drive. Engine choices are expected to consist mainly of Ford's EcoBoost selection, possibly the 2.3-liter inline-four or the 2.7-liter V-6, with a six-speed automatic transmission standard.

Earlier this month, Lincoln confirmed that it would introduce the 2016 MKX at the Detroit auto show. Among other new features, the 2016 Lincoln MKX will offer a high-end Revel audio system with up to 19 speakers.

Look for official details and photos when the 2016 Lincoln MKX debuts publicly on Tuesday, January 13.