2011 Lincoln MKX
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2011 Lincoln MKX

Detroit, Michigan – Lincoln unveiled its 2011 MKX crossover at the North American International Auto Show today.  The luxury crossover receives a “dramatic freshening” with such new features as a revised exterior design, a new interior design with MyLincoln Touch technology with touch-sensitive controls, a new powertrain, improved driving dynamics and new tires and wheels.

“The 2011 Lincoln MKX represents no-compromise luxury,” said Elaine Bannon, chief engineer. “Every attribute – technology, ergonomics, material selection, power, fuel economy, driving experience – is a standout. Plus, it’s wrapped in a beautiful package.”

The MKX’s industry-first MyLincoln Touch experience replaces traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, crisp LCD screens and five-way buttons like those found on cell phones and MP3 players. The screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each individual driver using a simple button click, voice command or touch screen tap. In addition to the usual audio and climate control features, the touch-sensitive technology also operates the volume and fan controls, which is exclusive to Lincoln. Passengers can swipe their fingers along the slider to adjust the volume. The slider features 10 distinct touchpoints; three full swipes bring the system to maximum volume. Customers also can touch anywhere along the slider to get a corresponding increase or decrease in volume. The fan control is operated in a similar fashion. On both the volume control and the fan control, the distinctive Lincoln White lighting acts as a chaser.

Also new on the 2011 Lincoln MKX is the world’s first use of iTunes Tagging in an available factory-installed HD Radio receiver. Enabled by the available Voice-Activated Navigation System through SYNC, iTunes Tagging provides customers with the ability to “capture” a song they hear on the HD Radio receiver for later purchase from iTunes. With a simple push of a “TAG” button on the radio display, the song information will be stored in the radio’s memory.

Other technologies that are new for the 2011 Lincoln MKX, include:

– Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support that 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.

Power for the 2011 Lincoln MKX is supplied by a 3.7-litre Duratec V6, which employs advanced technology such as Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) to increase horsepower and torque without compromising fuel economy.  Lincoln claims the 2011 Lincoln MKX has best-in-class power and torque versus all V6 competitors with unsurpassed highway fuel economy – all on regular fuel. Horsepower has been increased to 305 – a 15-per cent increase – while torque is up to 280 ft.-lbs., marking a 12-percent improvement.

In addition, the 2011 MKX features new 18-inch tires and wheels, revised springs, shocks and stabilizer bars, reduced road noise and wind noise, new four-wheel disc brakes, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Sway Control, and Hydraulic Brake Assist.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX will be built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario.

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