By Cars.com EditorsJanuary 14, 2015
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From the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2016 Lincoln MKX.
(trunk slamming) (upbeat music) (brakes squealing) Mid-sized luxury SUV is a pretty crowded field. The redesigned Lincoln MKX takes on a number of them, including the ever popular Lexus RX.
We'll talk about how it does here in our first impressions at the auto show. Lincoln's winged grill here, pretty familiar for the brand. Sort of connects visually to the headlights. Pretty similar looking up front here to the MKC, Lincoln's smaller SUV, but significantly larger proportions, obviously. And that becomes evident as you get around the sides. It doesn't look so stubby. And in back, the tailgate doesn't have that sort of clamshell wraparound thing going on that the MKC does. I got to say, this is kind of a better looking car, if only slightly. Both of them look pretty good. The redesigned cabin sort of follows a very similar theme to the previous generation MKX. Sort of plunging lines here coming to the center where the center stack is oriented. But one big and very important change, real buttons and real knobs here in the My Lincoln touch system. No more capacitive buttons and knobs. That's a direction that Ford and Lincoln have been going lately. It's a direction we really like. There's a My Lincoln touch system here, familiar quadrants going on. A lot of storage areas, actually, between kind of some of the lower tiers. You have some space down here. You have a little area stack over here. Not the most accessible space, but easy enough to kind of throw things into a nice little cubby right here in front of the cup holders. That's cleared up because there's a push button gear selector that goes up here instead of having a gear selector down here. Center console here, deep, a little bit narrow, but again, overall, the storage situation is pretty good. Cabin material is very important in a luxury SUV. Pretty good soft stuff where your arms and your elbows would land. Even areas where your knees might kind of bump up against around here. Speaking of which, this center console, some may find a little bit bulky if you like to spread out a bit, but overall it's not too bad. Leg room is good in back, and the seat has a reasonably high seating position off the ground for good thigh support. Headroom is okay. It's not abundant, but again, the car here at the auto show has a giant panoramic moon roof. Not sure if that's standard or optional. If it's optional, obviously not having one will improve headroom in the rear seats. The seat reclines quite a few degrees. This is how far it actually goes back here. It does so with convenient hip point levers. It doesn't move forward or backward though. Two available V6 engines will have at least 300 horsepower that should prove potent on the highway in terms of passing. More of that when we get our driving impressions of the MKX, close to its on sale date in the fall of 2015. (engine revving)
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