The Lincoln MKX gets a major makeover for 2011, with about 60 percent of its parts and components replaced, its first after some minor tweaks in 2009. Lincoln’s five-seat midsize crossover utility vehicle was first introduced as a 2007 model.
The cosmetic facelift to the 2011 Lincoln MKX includes a new grille, hood, fenders, lamps, bumper and air intakes up front, with new individual LED taillamps replacing the full-width taillamp design, a new liftgate, wheels, and oval-shaped exhaust system outlets at the rear. Underneath, there’s a redone suspension and an improved braking system.
The most direct competitors in the marketplace are the BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Buick Enclave, and Lexus RX 350. Lincoln cites a raft of new standard or optional equipment that the competition doesn’t offer, including standard leather seats, HD radio, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, remote starting, power liftgate, blind-spot information with cross-traffic alert, keyless entry, and a handful of others.
The 2011 Lincoln MKX looks much bolder and sportier than the previous model, now with the Lincoln split-wing grille instead of the original 1961-style mesh grille.
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