Lincoln Shows Off MKX Crossover

DETROIT (Los Angeles Times/TNS) -
Kumar Galhotra, President of Lincoln, and Mark Fields, President and CEO of Ford, pose for pictures after introducing the Lincoln 2016 MKX during the 2015 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Detroit. (Diane Weiss/Detroit Free Press/TNS)
Kumar Galhotra, President of Lincoln, and Mark Fields, President and CEO of Ford, pose for pictures after introducing the Lincoln 2016 MKX during the 2015 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Detroit. (Diane Weiss/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

Ford Motor Co. took the stage Tuesday to unveil its new luxury midsize crossover vehicle, the 2016 Lincoln MKX.

Aimed at capturing more of the U.S. and Chinese luxury market — which Ford President and CEO Mark Fields said would account for half the global luxury purchases over the next five years — the MKX is an elegantly designed and richly appointed SUV.

The MKX will be powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that puts out an estimated 305 horsepower. It will also be available with a 2.7-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-6 engine that makes an estimated 330 horsepower.

When the car hits dealerships in the fall, it will feature forward-looking technology like parking assist, schedulable remote starting, seats that massage on the road and deflate to make exit and entrance easier, and a hands-free liftgate with personalized settings for users of different heights.

Under a swelling violin soundtrack, Fields and Lincoln President Kumar Galhotra showed off what Galhotra called the MKX’s “soft supple leathers” and “rich unique woods,” and drew attention to specific details like the MKX’s self-washing front-end camera, which assists in parking and other semi-autonomous functions.

The 2016 MKX will feature a premium Revel sound system, and is the first in a series of Ford and Lincoln vehicles that will use this brand under a 10-year exclusive deal Ford made with Revel parent company Harman, which claims to produce entertainment and information systems for 80 percent of the world’s luxury vehicles.

Pricing on the new MKX was not announced. The currently available 2015 MKX starts at $38,900.