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    Tested: 2016 Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD

    Lincoln channels its past in search of something new.
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    November 2015
    By: Eric Tingwall


    At 80 mph, the new Lincoln MKX sails down the road as if it were built from 4664 pounds of *bubble wrap, fiberglass insulation, and cotton balls. Acoustically laminated glass, lined fender wells, and active noise cancellation create a cabin so quiet that even in a rush-hour commute you can hear Matthew McConaughey’s soft drawl over your shoulder:

    “I’ve been driving a Lincoln since long before anyone paid me to drive one . . . I didn’t do it to be cool . . . I didn’t do it to make a statement . . . I just liked it.”

    It’s true, says the Oscar winner worth somewhere around $75 million to $100 million. “Now I have other cars, but I have driven a Lincoln and I now have a Lincoln in my driveway,” McConaughey told real-life Crypt Keeper Larry King. We take that to mean he once commandeered a Town Car as part of an on-set prank and his personal assistant now has a new, borrowed ride.

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    No one is going to pay you to drive a *Lincoln. To the contrary, at $63,275, our Lincoln MKX
    is priced as if the company has already completed the turnaround, made the comeback, and
    ascended to the top of the luxury field. The Reserve model isn’t even the top shelf of Lincoln’s
    boozy trim levels. Order the MKX Black Label and you can nip at $70,000 with Venetian leather
    in hues named ganache and rouge noir (purple’s haughty cousin).
    I never realized just how high those prices could go for a well appointed Lincoln,
    maybe that premium pricing is reducing the sales volume of the car before the
    buying public is aware of the virtues of this next Generation MKX.

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    2.1 tonnes?
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    I SO HOPE that Lincoln does NOT give their cars the front end design of the embarrassingly uninspired styling of that last Continental concept!
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    2.1 tonnes?
    Same weight as an AWD Titanium Territory

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpd80 View Post
    I never realized just how high those prices could go for a well appointed Lincoln,
    maybe that premium pricing is reducing the sales volume of the car before the
    buying public is aware of the virtues of this next Generation MKX.
    I hope to a degree that the public isn't aware of the MKX's virtues. That way I can steal me a deal when I go shopping for one.

    I have never been a Ford or Lincoln fan,but the latest generation of Ford products that have been coming out certainly has my attention.

    I hope Cadillac has something better looking than the XT5 in the line up when I'm in the market again. That "thing" (The XT5) has no curb appeal to me whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnstarnes View Post
    I SO HOPE that Lincoln does NOT give their cars the front end design of the embarrassingly uninspired styling of that last Continental concept!
    The Continental grille is set to spread and confirmed in a discussion with Lincoln Chief on Autoline recently.
    It's another attempt by LKincoln designers to find their own languange away from Ford stylists,
    it's important that Lincoln's stylists don't stop trying until thye hit on the right formula of cues.

    I think a lot of the issue now is getting buyers into the showroom, the vehicles are pretty good
    but selling the sizzle seems to be hard at the moment, maybe pricing is a bit steep but that
    could be offset quite a bit by proper luxury leasing deals to get bums on seats..

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    They're sticking with that front end styling??? Weird

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    "Boozy Trim Levels" That's good!
    "The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. "

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    Re: Tested: 2016 Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD

    Quote Originally Posted by 0fxxk0 View Post
    I hope to a degree that the public isn't aware of the MKX's virtues.
    For most of it's First Generation, the MKX was Lincolns best selling vehicle. That spans about 8 years. I think the public is aware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by megeebee View Post
    For most of it's First Generation, the MKX was Lincolns best selling vehicle. That spans about 8 years. I think the public is aware.
    I don't know if that is because the public was aware or more of the trend of buying CUVs..... Honestly I think this vehicle should sell more then it does....

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    Re: Tested: 2016 Lincoln MKX Reserve AWD

    When using the lincoln configurator, it becomes clear that the price jumps significantly at each step.
    The $38K starting price gets you a FWD 3.7 with premiere equipment group.

    Switch to 2.7 EB & AWD and the price jumps to $42,700 just like that and then click
    the Reserve trim option and we're just under $50K and we're only two panes in on
    the configurator.

    On interior options, check Climate package, Driver assistance package, Luxury Package,
    Technology Package, Trailer Tow package and we're up to $58,495

    On the exterior, add 21" premium Painted Wheels and the price is $59,660.......

    One MKX can be under $40K and another over $60K, completely different buyers.

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    I remain supportive of Lincoln's approach with the MKX. They are not selling a lot more product than the previous generation despite the improvements, but then the pricing is also different (and only more recently did the old MKX have to contend with the newer MKC). Lincoln lacks the cache in most circles, which might lead some to think that they need to employ value pricing in order to compete. But longer term this is better for the brand. Build a competitive product, offer a competitive price (doesn't mean a "cheap" price), and market it effectively. Over time that builds a stronger brand than one that becomes rooted in associations with being a good value and upscale-y, but not luxury (Acura, Buick, 90s Volvo). There's no problem with that model for a brand, but that type of product is already being accomplished at Ford. Lincoln naturally needs to think bigger. This is also lower effort growth, not just the MKX but the entire brand. Lincoln is not pouring money into bespoke platforms, niche halos, and stunning concept cars. Don't get me wrong. I love those things and with the right brand they can be effective. But short of a stunning flagship-level sedan, Lincoln wouldn't benefit from a halo (Ford GT as a Lincoln? Nope). And RWD platforms wouldn't affect sales too much, because Lincoln isn't stressing sporty dynamics. There will be room for these things in the future, but right now there is a "quietness" to how Lincoln is expected to progress. This MKX is proof of this. They're focusing on what makes this a premium product (obviously, including what makes this different from an Edge) and logical investments (Black Label, for example).

    IF this generation of MKX can gain enough traction in the market, I would support the discontinuation of the base 3.5L to help move it upmarket just slightly, paired with an optional 3.0TT that becomes the new premium engine option. However we're probably looking more medium term on this, and it might not happen for this generation.

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    Kind of bland and "minivan" like. Not a big fan of this one.

    I'm glad Lincoln is changing direction in styling soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by member12 View Post
    Kind of bland and "minivan" like. Not a big fan of this one.

    I'm glad Lincoln is changing direction in styling soon.

    Agreed. The front end and side profile are bland, it looks slab sided. I don't think that color is helping anything either.
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