The SUVs and fuel economy usually don’t mix well together, but the newest 2018 Lincoln MKX proves that assumption wrong. Ever since its first unveiling, the MKX series has been one of the most fuel-efficient on the market. In addition to improving the efficiency even further, the upcoming MKX will also feature a number of notable interior features, which will enhance its looks and convenience. Thanks to its state-of-the-art radar technology and touch-screen functions, this SUV still remains as one of the most tech-savvy models in the crossover segment.
2018 Lincoln MKX – Exterior Design and Look
The upcoming 2018 Lincoln MKX is, undoubtedly, a great looking vehicle, thanks to its smooth and well-rounded design. Since the MKX is built on the same platform the Ford Edge uses, it will heavily borrow from its design, as well. However, the latest MKX will feature some additions and changes that will differentiate it from the Edge and previous MKX models. For starters, this 2018 Lincoln MKX will use a brand-new split grille, which now looks far more athletic and aggressive. Additionally, we will also see revamped headlights and taillights that feature LED technology. On the sides, we will see a set of 18-inch wheels, as well as optional 20 or 21-inch wheels. In the back, the SUV will sport smoother lines and tail lamps that stretch across the tailgate.
Interior Features and Tech
Just like the previous models, the newest 2018 Lincoln MKX will also impress with high-quality materials and beautiful color combinations. When it comes to the luxury and functionality, the MKX doesn’t lag behind either. Its interior is surprisingly roomy, with plenty of legroom and headroom. This will allow the driver and the passengers to easily stretch and enjoy the ride. Cargo space is also plentiful and comes in a variety of configurations. In terms of the materials, the customers can expect wood and aluminum accents, as well as supple leather. The seats are fully adjustable and they feature heating and cooling systems, so as to provide a maximum level of comfort to the passengers. Tech-wise, the 2018 Lincoln MKX will come with a new SYNC 3 system, advanced navigation, climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, a 9-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and more.
Engine Variants, Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the 2018 Lincoln MKX will sport two engine variants. Starting from the weaker one, we will see a 3.7-liter V6, with 303 hp at 6.500 rpm, and a max torque of 278 lb-ft at 4.000 rpm. This engine will have an EPA rating of 17/25 mpg with an FWD and 16/23 mpg with an AWD. The stronger variant will be a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, with 335 hp at 5.500 rpm and 380 lb-ft of torque. Its EPA is rated at 18/25 mpg with an FWD and 17/24 mpg with an AWD. Both of these engines will come paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The customers will be able to choose between a forward wheel drive and an all-wheel drive.
Availability Date and Price
The upcoming 2018 Lincoln MKX will most likely hit the market by the end of 2017. Its pricing will start at $39.200 and exceed $67.000 for a full package. The latest Lincoln MKX looks like a strong contender, one that will surely challenge the Ford Edge, Cadillac XT5, Lincoln Navigator and others similar in this segment.