What is it? This freshened MKX luxury crossover adds additional features as well as a stronger engine. The new 3.7-liter V6 engine adds 15 percent more horsepower to bring it to 305. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, equipped with a SelectShift manual mode. Fuel economy is expected to be 25 mph on the highway on regular fuel.
The MKX will also showcase Ford's new MyLincoln Touch infotainment system that was recently announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This replaces the conventional buttons, knobs, and gauges with two 4.2-inch LCD screens as well as an 8-inch LCD touch screen. A media hub also includes two USB ports, video input jacks, and an SD card reader to allow users to play music from a number of different sources. In addition, all models have Ford's SYNC system, which integrates Bluetooth and voice-activation for cell phones and portable music players.
Other standard features will include remote start, capless gas tank and a push-button start system, which unlocks the door automatically when the driver carrying the key approaches the car.
What's new or notable? In addition to new safety systems, such as adaptive cruise control and collision and blind-spot warning systems, the MKX will offer Ford's new MyKey programmable vehicle key system. This is designed to help parents encourage safer driving for their teens through a variety of aids, such as limiting how fast the vehicle can go, providing earlier low-fuel warnings, limiting audio-system volume, and ensuring the use of safety belts with programmable chimes and by muting the audio system until the belts are buckled.
When will it be available? Summer 2010.