In October, Lincoln Motor Company held an intimate dinner enticing the senses in celebration of the all new 2016 Lincoln MKX. During this exclusive evening experience, Lincoln closed the doors of one of Detroit’s finest, world-class restaurants Marais – where Executive Chef Garret Lipar invited guests to cook like a chef by indulging in local & organic ingredients used to prepare our 5-course dining experience.
Locally produced cranberries, potatoes, concord grapes and more served as the foundation for a 5-course dining experience which included Foie Gras, Rainbow Trout, Wagyu and a Pavlova dessert that appealed to the sense of sight, smell, touch and taste.
Media guests experienced a personalized introduction to the new 2016 Lincoln MKX, where features including the 360-degree view camera, Revel audio system and two new Black Label themes were revealed. Following an evening of decadent courses prepared by Executive Chef Garret Lipar at Marais, I had the chance to get behind the wheel of the midsize luxury utility vehicle (again) and rediscover just how beautifully the Lincoln MKX drives inside and out.
Upon approaching the MKX, you’ll initially notice the luxe fluid lines and exterior design that hints style and function. The all-new Lincoln MKX, in showrooms now, introduces Quiet Luxury, a new standard that combines thoughtful and elegant design with a safe, effortless ride and a warm, tailored experience.
The available features and technologies have been orchestrated to provide a seamless experience. The front camera, for example, sits behind the Lincoln Star badge. When in Drive, Park or Neutral and the button is pushed, the Lincoln Star badge moves out about 1 inch and tilts up to deploy the available front camera.
The camera system also offers a 180-degree split view, which can be helpful in looking out in cross-traffic situations. The 360-degree view shows up to 7 feet all around the vehicle, helping to make parking easier, no matter what. The 12-sensor ultrasonic system enables the full range of available parking-assist features: front rear side sensing, perpendicular and parallel parking and park out.
The intuitive infotainment system includes SYNC with MyLincoln Touch, Siri seamless integration and the automotive debut of Revel. You can easily read and control the things you want with a color-coded touch-screen display, including entertainment, phone and optional navigation. You can even customize the look of your home-screen by using a favorite saved photo as your home-screen wallpaper.
Revel is a luxury brand of HARMAN, which designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. All-new 2016 Lincoln MKX is first to offer audio system from Revel, an exclusive loudspeaker brand cherished by audiophiles.
A 13-speaker Revel system designed for the ultimate audio quality experience is available on the all-new Lincoln MKX Select and Reserve. This system features:
- Revel signature waveguides on every door, ensuring the purest performance
- QuantumLogic® Surround Sound technology offering three listening modes for an immersive multi-dimensional surround sound experience from any source
- A 12-channel Class-D amplifier for high efficiency and increased dynamics
- Field-balancing shorting rings providing clear, undistorted sound, even at high volume levels
- Proprietary spectral and power management technologies that minimize dynamic compression for extraordinary fidelity at any volume
The Revel Ultima system is standard on Lincoln Black Label editions and available on Reserve models. It additionally features:
- 19 speakers engineered featuring point source architecture for unequaled musical accuracy
- Patented Clari-Fi™ technology offering advanced, real-time music reconstruction for compressed audio sources
- 20-channel high-voltage hybrid amplifier for class-leading dynamics and optimized transparency
Music sounds cleaner, crisper and more dynamic in concert mode on the Revel Ultima system.
Parallel parking can be easy and quick, thanks to available active park assist. Simply press a button and ultrasonic sensors precisely measure open spaces to help find a suitable parking spot. Once a spot is selected, you control the accelerator and brakes, and your vehicle does the steering.
See the Active Park Assist feature in action below via my Instagram post earlier this year.
Did you know that most Ford & Lincoln models come equipped with “park assist”? It’s a parallel parking genie that scans possible parking spots and steers you in place (no hands required!) I got the chance to check out Ford equipped vehicles in NOLA & the new Lincoln MKX in Atlanta! #DivasDriveInHeels #Outtakes #PressPlay #LincolnJourney #EssenceMag #NoFilter #Lincoln #EssenceFest #Latergram #Driving #Fun #FastCars #Rihanna #Steering #ParkAssist #NoHands #FordUp
The 2016 Lincoln MKX is available in a variety of four Black Label themes. Lincoln Black Label, a personalized experience that’s designed to impress those with impeccable taste for design, art and culture. The Lincoln Black Label curated collection of interior themes include Modern Heritage, Indulgence and newly introduced themes inspired by attention to detail and love of automobiles. The Muse, inspired by the fashion, lifestyle and art scene of 1920s Paris; and Thoroughbred, inspired by the excitement, passion and pageantry of high-stakes horse racing.
The luxe seating and interior textures affect the drive experience just as much as the exterior sensors that monitor the MKX suspension, body movement and more. Lincoln Drive Control takes luxury driving to another level. With options to select your preferred driving mode – you can guarantee Comfort, Normal or Sport modes will match your mood from calmness to spirited, sporty driving at any given time. The rear outboard inflatable safety belts features inflatable airbags that help reduce risk of injury to rear passengers of all ages.
From the split-wing front grille to the sweeping lines inspired by aircraft design, the 2016 Lincoln MKX makes driving an entertaining and liberating experience. Being held as one of the most unforgettable Lincoln redesigns yet, the bold curves seamlessly flow into the headlamps to pull everything into one svelte silhouette.
The 2.7L EcoBoost engine delivers over 335 HP and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. This results in a best-in-class EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 26 mpg (city 17 mpg) from the quietest Lincoln MKX engine in the segment.
Of course no fully styled look is complete without complimenting shoes bringing it altogether. The 2016 Lincoln MKX sets the standard for luxury wheels and comes equipped with 20″ premium painted aluminum wheels with options to upgrade to 21″ polished aluminum wheels soon.
Accessing the Lincoln MKX anytime is just one touch away using the MyLincoln Mobile app. Using the app allows you to program an automatic remote start daily, lock, unlock and locate the MKX from virtually anywhere. Accessing the cargo area without lifting a finger comes standard with the hands-free power lift gate. Simply glide your foot under the rear bumper (while having the MKX key fob snug in a pocket or purse) and the rear lift gate effortlessly opens to reveal the rear cargo area.
Overall, the 2016 Lincoln MKX midsize crossover reflects the brand’s focus to deliver engaging and refined luxury vehicles with innovative technologies that allow clients to seamlessly personalize their experience.