2011 Lincoln MKX Shows Off New Exterior, Interior and Technology

By Ford Social Member

Industry-exclusive technologies, refreshed exterior styling, an all-new interior and powertrain enhancements are just some of the reasons to take a  closer look at the 2011 Lincoln MKX midsize luxury crossover at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.

Leading the wide-ranging innovations is the all-new MyLincoln Touch™ driver connect technology, which delivers a smart, safe and simple way to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lives. MyLincoln comes standard on the 2011 Lincoln MKX, providing drivers a whole new experience behind the wheel. You can learn more about MyLincoln by clicking here.

Watch a video walk-around of the 2011 Lincoln MKX with chief engineer, Elaine Bannon.

“With its combination of style, performance and uncompromising luxury, the Lincoln MKX has brought new customers into the Lincoln showroom in a way that very few products have before,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “Lincoln customers tell us they care most about style and technology, and the new Lincoln MKX meets these needs perfectly. The new MyLincoln Touch technology will change the way customers interact with their vehicles while its new design language gives the vehicle a distinctive and stylish silhouette we know customers will love.”

The 2011 Lincoln MKX is brimming with standard and class-exclusive technologies. Standard MyLincoln Touch and remote start lead the list of features or technologies that are new for the 2011 Lincoln MKX, including:
  • Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support allows the driver to set the vehicle’s speed and maintain it without using the accelerator pedal, and warns the driver of a potential collision risk. It also helps reduce speed and automatically pre-charges brakes and engages an electronic brake assist system to help drivers stop more quickly when the system detects a collision is imminent.

  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Cross Traffic Alert is a feature that helps detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving and traffic approaching from the sides when reversing out of parking spots.

  • MyKey™ is designed to allow parents to encourage teenagers to drive safely and more fuel efficiently, and increase safety belt usage. The standard MyKey feature allows owners to designate keys that can limit the vehicle’s top speed and audio volume.

  • Easy Fuel™ Capless Fuel-Filler System is a standard Ford-exclusive feature that uses an integrated spring-loaded flapper door to eliminate the need for a fuel tank screw cap.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX has eight class-exclusive features: MyLincoln Touch, Lincoln SYNC, Easy Fuel, SecuriCode™ keyless entry, Blind Spot Mirrors, MyKey, Cross Traffic Alert and AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control).

This video gives an overview of the technology offered in the MyLincoln Touch systems.

Power for the 2011 Lincoln MKX is supplied by the 3.7-liter Duratec V6, which employs advanced technology and clever control strategies, such as Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) to increase horsepower and torque without compromising fuel economy.

Customers of the 2011 Lincoln MKX will enjoy a luxury crossover that has best-in-class power and torque versus all V6 competitors with unsurpassed highway fuel economy of 25 mpg – all on regular fuel. Horsepower has been increased to 305 – a 15-percent increase compared with the outgoing product – while torque is up to 280 lb.-ft., marking a 12-percent improvement.

The 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 is mated to a six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission, which gives customers the option of a fun-to-shift manual experience.

“Everything about the 2011 Lincoln MKX is vibrant and luxurious,” said Elaine Bannon, chief engineer. “Our MyLincoln Touch system will draw people in, helping them discover that the new Lincoln MKX delivers a total driving experience not found anywhere else.”

For more information on the 2011 Lincoln MKX, click here to visit licolnvehicles.com.
Michael Bashta 09/01/2011
They must add ecoboost and/or hybrid to compete with RX450h! Maybe they will soon! (Let's hope so!)
lbeville 12/05/2010
when will the car have electric assisted power steering? seems like that would have been easy since it is on the mkt.
shuler houck 11/04/2010
I think it is great to get input so rapidly direct from a Ford. It definitely adds it to my cars to consider; right next to accura mdx.
ldypro 09/23/2010
love the new heated steering wheel, front and back design, but the side design is lacking style too flat plain looking, i can vizualize ding marks. buying a luxury suv within the next year, will test drive.
like srx cadillac
glk mercedes
bmw x3
al 07/13/2010
Turned in my 2007 MKX at the end of June. I am now waiting to order a 2011. Any news when we will be able to order? Also I am in agreement with some of the other people. One of the reasons I bought the 2007 MKX because of the the tail lights> The overall design was nice but the tail lights were very eye catching. I am sorry to see them gone.

Over all though the new interior seating and features like rear view camera, blind spot, remote start and cross traffic alert are exciting. No more getting into a cold car in the winter. The only thing I wish Ford would change is in the back seat. For a car at this level, it is a shame to have the cup holders made out of plastic. When you put a bottle of water or a can of soda in them, they rattle and make constant noise. Maybe if they would have coated the cup holder themselves with a rubber finish it would have taken care of this
Bren H 07/10/2010
Will there be a backup camera in the 2011 MKX. With small children the lack of one is a deal breaker for me. It's hard to understand why Ford/Lincoln does not seem to install them as a basic safety feature/
Carole 05/30/2010
Any update on what month this summer the new 2011 MKX will be available
to place an order? I love everything about it from what I have read.
Steve Sadlek 05/03/2010
No locked fuel filler door and no gas cap. What is to prevent someone from putting undesireable fluids INTO the gas tank? I was going to test drive and hopefully purchase the new MKX. But not without these features. Steve
Debbie Kline 04/21/2010
I had a hard time deciding between the 2010 MKX and the NEW MKT.......Both awesome Vechicles..After much thought and comparing I chose and bought the 2010 MKX Midnight package, Im just not ready for the Extra length the MKT has yet, altho maybe down the road..

The only thing that rattles me is not being able to get a backup camera installed, is this going to become available soon? Also front sensors would be nice too!!
As far as the new 2011 MKX...LOVE,LOVE the grill.., no so crazy about the tailights....
Shawn W 04/19/2010
Well ford does have led side mirrors available for the lincoln mkx. The side mirrors on the mkt would look great on the mkx? What do you think of that? And one more question, will ford be adding leds to the front and rear of the mkx to keep up with the audi q5 and q7? Seems like a simple add on. Respond please.
Time to Think 03/23/2010
Fine. I have no problem with improved efficiencies. But why mess around with this modest improvement?

Put a 2 or 2.5L EcoBoost in it. Why spend the time and money on a normally-aspirated V6 when Ford already has better products in the pipeline? In fact, I would further argue that, if Ford didn't mess with this modest improvement, the EcoBoost lineup would be farther along by now.

Or, make a hybrid version instead of the 3.7L V6. I'm a proud owner of a 2010 Mercury Mariner hybrid. They have plenty of acceleration for the occasional needs of lane merging, etc. The rest of the time, driven with moderation, they have awesome mileage. I'm getting 37mpg on mine so far.
Time to Think 03/23/2010
Yes, I agree. And I would like to add, why aren't there more hybrids in Ford's lineup by now? The Escape hybrid has several years of spotless performance in taxi service, fleet use and consumer use. The Edge, and all it's sister models, should have had a hybrid option this year, along with the Fusion. So should the Explorer and Taurus platforms, as well as the Flex.

Why are there no Lincoln hybrids? All automakers, and Ford is no exception, like to gouge for hybrids, loading them with features that are not standard, etc. Putting the Lincoln brand on a hybrid is a great excuse to bilk the conscientious consumer.

If Ford would make a hybrid version for each trim level (SE and SEL) - no other differences - more people would be able to afford, and therefore buy, a hybrid. The Union of Concerned Scientists, of which I am a member, published a report that almost half the premium paid for hybrids, regardless of manufacturer, is due to extra features, features that have nothing to do with the hybrid powertrain! Why?!? That is irresponsible.
Shawn w 03/09/2010
Well then since there will be no power folding mirrors, will we at least be looking forward to led side mirrors? You must admit it would look great from the front & side view on the luxury model mkx & adds safety. Sometimes a lot of these small features determines what make & model a customer chooses.
Jay Ward 03/08/2010
Thank you so much for your feedback. Unfortunately, there is not a power fold option on the side mirrors. We also do not have a cargo cover available for the MKX or Edge.

Kind regards,

Jay Ward
Ford Communications
Shawn W 03/04/2010
Current lincoln mkx owner. Great job on the in & outside redesign. Nice to also add power improvement as well, very appreciated. I have 2 Questions. 1 Will there be a cargo cover included because the one that I purchased and installed doesn't match the lincoln quality interrior? 2 Will there be power folding led side mirrors, or at least 1 of the 2 led or power fold? Because so many other brands have it or one of the two. The led's would be a very nice and simple improvement that would add a more modern look to the front and side view of the vehicle and the power fold would add that last luxury function touch. The light that is under the side mirrors is useless, not bright enough to light the way at night on the current model. ( Maybe that could be a swap) Can someone reply please? Phila. Pa. MKX 37 member strong car club....
Shawn w 02/28/2010
Someone was talking about the remote non powered gas door cover, you have kids and jealous people that like to put stuff (sugar, water, dirt, etc.) into peoples gas tanks. That's why that's an I
important feature to me and a lot of other people. Also please don't forget to add power folding led side mirrors. Looks great and adds safety.
Cary L 02/26/2010
Have been waiting for this redesign and I am pleased with the results. How soon will we be able to build our own on your website? Are the colors set in stone?
CJ Mskovitz 02/26/2010
i know
Alan H 02/17/2010
The MyLincoln feature seems very nice. Will this be offered on other 2011 Lincolns? Specifically the 2011 MKS. I am in the market and this feature is one I would put off a purchase a year in order to enjoy it.
Jay Ward 02/15/2010
The vehicle will be available in dealerships in the summer this year - we cannot be more specific at this stage unfortunately. MKX will have back up sensors as standard but not the front sensors. A back up camera is optional but included in a very popular package.
Hope this helps you to decide to drive one!
Kind regards,
Jay Ward
Ford Communications
louise 02/14/2010
dear ford comms....when is the 2011 MKX going to be available? specifically the month this year. please i need to know. it is great that Ford added the manual transmission. hope also there are both front and back sensors. this is a great feature. the 2010 only has backup sensor. ... i want to buy a ford. the company has been amazing in the recession and i want to support american businesses that are as competent and responsible as Ford. thanks again.
Chris 02/02/2010
Last year I was so impressed with my friend's Lincoln MKX, I bought one and I love it!
I was planning on buying a 2011 model until I saw the new design. I have to say that it leaves me "whelmed"...not overwhelmed, not underwhelmed, just "whelmed". What happened? I'm sure all the upgrades to the interior and under the hood are exceptional, but the tail lights on the former model where distinctive, as was the grill...again, what happened? Change just for change's sake is not "improvement", it's just "different"...I thought Ford was on the right track...why not survey your Lincoln vehicle owners?...they're your best focus group for feedback.
edvard 02/02/2010
My gut reaction to the "New Lincoln" is a bit muddled. The front end is way too garish and "toothy" looking. It reminds me what GM is doing with Buick with its waterfall grill, which is an effort to somehow bring in some of the legacy of the brand's past and blend it with futuristic styling. The problem I see with this is that both Buick and Lincoln were for so long relegated to the old people trough that this attachment to design legacy is not all that relevant to today's luxury car buyer.It doesn't work. I can appreciate it but I'd almost rather see an entirely new design and re-branding for Lincoln. Give the folks who buy Lexus, Audi, and BMW a reason to consider Lincoln with some innovative design. But I do have to applaud you all on making Lincoln a relevant brand again and returning it to a level of refinement that was lacking for decades. Trust me- my Grandad had an 85' Lincoln Towncar and what you all have today is a 300% improvement!

Secondly, I think Ford needs to consider developing a dedicated platform for Lincoln. The current lineup is built on Ford platforms, and some of these have Mazda roots. Yeah, its really expensive to do this but it would be well worth it to create a platform that allows for the Lincoln brand to be of its own instead of piggybacking off of other platforms.

On the other hand I am pretty impressed with Ford overall. I'd definitely consider a Ford product for my next car or truck. But in my opinion Lincoln is probably the division that needs the most work. Sorry to sound nasty but that's my bottom line opinion.
Jay Ward 02/01/2010

Great news - glad you like our new MKX. You will love the new interior and the amazing features.

Kind regards,

Jay Ward
Ford Communications
Jay Ward 02/01/2010

Just to let you know that we do not require a locking fuel filler cap. Our Capless Refuelling System (an industry exclusive) is designed so as not to allow anyone to siphon fuel out of the tank. As such, no one can steal your fuel and we do not need a lock which we know customers really appreciate.

Kind regards,

Jay Ward
Ford Communications
Jay Ward 02/01/2010
Thanks for the feedback. Just to let you know that the front arch is all new for Lincoln and that piece of design was a huge deal - we made over 300 different versions until we came up with that version.
Glad you like the design - the driving experience will be fantastic too.

Kind regards,

Jay Ward
Ford Communications
Jay Ward 02/01/2010
Active Park requires Electronic Power Assisted Steering and the new MKX does not feature this so at this time, we will not be offering this feature.

Kind regards,

Jay Ward
Ford Communications
Jay Ward 02/01/2010
You do not have much longer to wait! Very exciting news on Edge coming very soon,

Kind regards,

Jay Ward
Ford Communications
Jay Ward 02/01/2010
Just to let you know that we do not have EcoBoost in the MKX and there are no plans to do so in the short terms. The new 3.7 TiVCT engine delivers class leading power (305hp) for a V6 in the class as well as unsurpassed fuel economy (up to 25mpg on the highway).

We felt that this combination of performance and fuel economy would be perfect for our customers. 355hp in a vehicle of this size is not something we have seen customers wanting.

Kind regards,

Jay Ward
Ford Communications
lou 01/31/2010
Last 2 year ago, I was shopping for Lincoln MKX and the salesman told me that this vehicle have no luggage cover and the fuel door is not remote, this high end SUV without this features , I feel not secure with my vehicle against vandalism and it 's turn me off, I end up buying an Import vehicle with standard feature like this.. I notice that Ford and a lot of American car brand does not believe in remote fuel door, if they want to be competitive against import they should start investigating what they have in their vehicle.
Isaac 01/24/2010
I fell in love with the MKX since its first model and I have been a huge Ford, Lincoln and Mercury fan ever since. I am 17 years of age and I have studied Fords and Lincolns very closely and fell in love with both automotive brands. I love the new Lincoln MKX exterior, but I really do not like the interior so much. I dislike the complex shapes and lines used in the interior especially on the steering wheel. The buttons on the steering wheel seem oddly shaped. The interior and exterior both convey two different themes to me. The exterior is modern with simple classic and contemporary touches. However, the interior is very futuristic and unique like a spaceship in a movie. This is all in my opinion. The previous MKX model had a style that was equally represented inside and out, and also executed simplicity of clean lines, gauges, and buttons beautifully. The interior and exterior on the 2011 MKX are both tasteful. But when brought together in one piece, the two are very much incohesive. It's elegant and clean on the outside, but the simplicity is lost in the interior. This is all in my own opinion. I still love this vehicle as well as the other Lincolns. Lincoln is still my favorite brand for automotives, and I have a feeling that this CUV will start to grow on me regardless of my stated opinions.
Melissa McCance 01/20/2010
Just got home from the NAIAS, and am looking to buy a 2012 MKX! Currently drive an '07 Edge, and I will be ready for a new vehicle when the '12s come out. Like the new grille on the MKX much better than the current one--that always reminded us of a mouth full of braces . . . . New interior is also very nice.
Melvin Chapman 01/13/2010
I hope the great Ford Fusion Hybrid increases the electric motor's horsepower and torque and better yet, offers the better riding 16" wheels and tires as an option for the senior citizens that were raised in the forties, fifties, sixties and seventies an place a premium on ride quality.
Jose 01/13/2010
It looks great at he front and at the rear but the side looks like the old one they should have done a refreshed door panels as well.
I noticed the Ford keypad is not like the Lincoln's Mks integrated into the door's pillar.
Ford you should put the keypad in the door pillar for this car also it looks so cool.
It should come standard on all Lincoln vehicles.
It looks great but could have looked better with a new side profile
Love The new Lincoln Language
Jarret 01/12/2010
I love the way Ford is updating all the regular gas engines to have class-leading power and fuel economy. Ford's 4cyl's will compete with competitors V6's and Ford's V6's will compete with competitors’ V8's. To make things even better you will eventually have optional engines like a HYBRID or an Eco-Boost in almost every Ford Lincoln Mercury Vehicle. Americans want the best power without losing the best fuel economy.... and Ford's going to give us both!!!
JDD 01/12/2010
I'm hoping for Active Parking Assist like on the escape and flex, will that be avaialble on this?
Juda 01/12/2010
Hey I wish Ford company would export this Lincoln to Israel, I would get one...
Micah 01/12/2010
Very Nice...Great Job Ford
Ryan 01/12/2010
Where is the new Ford Edge?
JUSTIN 01/12/2010
It will be. If you have some patience, you should be able to get it in the 2012. They are starting to put it out in certain 2011 models for a "running beta", making sure it is as great as all their test suggest. Also, they still have to get rid of all their left over 3.7 engines. This is the same as they did with the Mustang. They redesigned it for '10 and finished out all of their old engines so that the '11 can have all new powertrain. Just hold out another year if you REALLY want the ecoboost, but I have owned the 3.7 before these upgrades, and it is one hell of an engine! Quiet, strong, great gas mileage, etc. You would not be disappointed if you bought one!
soccer 01/12/2010
yes, a new mkx! i luv em'! im getting one as soon as they come out!
NoEcoboost 3.5?! 01/12/2010
I though EcoBoost was supposed to be standard across the board eventually.

This is upsetting to see that the EcoBoost 3.5 wont be in the 2011 Lincoln MKX. It's still a nice CUV, just not first on my list anymore. That would have been a great feature to brag about for marketing.
Ed Gurney 01/12/2010
The 2011 MKX is fantastic vehicle I wish I could of waited on getting my 2010 MKX another year, but I had to turn in my 2007 MKX. Suggestion Ford needs to update vehicles every 2-3 years give buyers a new vehicle even if it is the same Model. Also need to get 24 month leasing back!
2011 Lincoln MKX Shows Off New Exterior, Interior and Technology

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