• Jul 8, 2009
Redesigned Lincoln MKX spy shot – Click above to enlarge

Lincoln's new corporate grille is comprised of a split-wing design that flows up into a pair of swept back headlamps. It debuted on the MKS, has migrated to the MKZ and was expanded for the MKT three-row crossover, and now it's set to appear on the redesigned MKX crossover.

The MKX crossover has always been the odd-man-out in terms of styling when compared to the rest of the Lincoln lineup. Even before the split-wing grille came into being, the MKX debuted with a front fascia that didn't match any of the brand's other models because it was based on the 2005 Lincoln Aviator concept. All that will change as this spy shot reveals.

Whereas the split-wing grille looks over-the-top on the much larger MKT crossover, this most important of Lincoln design cues seems right at home on the smaller MKX. Click the image above for an enlarged view and let us (and Lincoln) know what you think in the comments. Specifically, how do you think the new MKX design compares to its cross-town rival, the 2010 Cadillac SRX?


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I've only ever liked the new Lincoln grille on the MKS. I think it's too big on the MKZ, MKT, and now, the MKX. The SRX, in my opinion, looks miles better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's way too big on the MKT but I like it here and on the other models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Although it's difficult to make a detailed observation based on what's presented, I like it. I've been in the market for one of these, though it really didn't scream "Lincoln" to me, except for the rear. Now it will. I'd like a look at the interior, though. If it's like the MKZ, MKS or MKT, wow!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really wish just ONE of Lincoln's vehicles had a front end that was more true to where this new "face" first began, on the MKR. :-/

      The lower grille opening adds a "mouth" that the MKR did NOT have, and it makes a WORLD of difference IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a definate improvement over the last version even though the originals face was pretty cool too. I just hope they get rid of the huge horizontal strip that connects the tail lights. i wouldn't mind horizontal tail lights like the mkz's but when theres no space between them it makes the car look fatter.. especially with its short hood and porky looking body. not to say the edge/mkx design is bad. it would just be better looking if it had a more athletic looking profile view and overall body shape. However they might have a hard time trying to compete with the srx's unique style.. lincoln really should something to make the mkx more than just an edge with a few cross hair badges and a lincoln style face and tail lights.. otherwise its good because i still think i'd take the mkx over the cadillac.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lets just wait until the camo is off. Ok.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The real question is what is behind the new nose? Will the MKX get the Ecoboost engine? Or will it be strictly for the top of the line MKT and MKS?

      By the way, the Navigator is history. That's the point of the MKT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's a great front-end redesign for a good looking vehicle...
      Can't wait to see the interior. Lincoln has been making some amazing ones lately... especially for the money!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Comprised of"? You guys really need to learn how to write.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always thought the old MKX grill was pretty cool. Very distinct, helped that car stand out from the crowd. I hope it keeps the full width tail light though, it looks really good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, although I think this 2010's grille is a bit too big, vertically speaking. The key thing to change with the MKX was to follow GM and Honda's lead of now making the premium version of the platform drive and feel too much like the mainstream model.

        Cadillac appears to have nailed it with the 2010 SRX, and Honda's been doing it for years with the MDX. Ford wasn't so successful with this, but I'll hold judgement until I see what the 2010 can offer.

        In my opinion, a revised interior would be the first order of business, followed by replacing the 3.5-L with the 3.7-L as in the MKS, giving it extra power over the plebian Edge version. Maybe even the EcoBoost would work well in a top model as well to lay the SRX's 300 hp turbo-6 to waste.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree that this is MUCH better. The last one (09) looks like a potato masher like the Navigator. Which for the Love of God needs to lose that grill. They need to go back to the original grill and jazz it up. Keep it going like the Town Car did. Minor grill changes but new every two (ish).
        • 5 Years Ago
        What they need to do is improve the interior.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup! I was hoping that original MKX grille - Retro-Lincoln as it was - would set the theme for a brand-wide Lincoln design that captured some of those styling cues from the 1960's when Lincoln was a worthy Amer-Luxury brand.

        But the kids won out. Hell, they don't even call these cars "Mark." They call them "M-K." How - um - off the mark is that?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I honestly prefer the older grill, I like it very retro feel to it. I need to see the rest of the vehicle before I judge the new split grill....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who would have thought that the MKX could get uglier?

      Oh well...Ford never ceases to amaze me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "5 years ago, "experts" said that Ford would be the first of the big 3 to go bankrupt should an economic downfall arise. so much for that prediction."

        Had Ford continued on the path they were on five years ago, they would have gone bankrupt. Only thing that saved them was dismantling their empire before the economic downturn. The big X factor is going to be is not going into bankruptcy ultimately a wise decision for them once this economic slowdown is over. They'll still have their debt levels that they didn't shed, unlike GM or Chrysler.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please do not feed the trolls. Thank you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ya me neither ...

        5 years ago, "experts" said that Ford would be the first of the big 3 to go bankrupt should an economic downfall arise. so much for that prediction.

        1 year ago, they were the number 3 automaker. today, they are the number one automaker.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...And yet still, the ugly, bland product continues. Ford needs to do something unique with their products...and quit trying to be copy everyone else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Lincoln split wing grill looks fine on it. (Those who complain about the bolder styling have lots of other choices.) The problem is that it uses the exact same body as the Edge, except for the front clip and different tail lights. It needs some differentiation from its Ford sibling. Cadillac no longer puts a different grill and upgraded interior on a Chevrolet and then calls it a Cadillac. I think Lincoln should stop this nonsense too. At least change the window shape in the cargo area, or give it a Lincoln upsweep in the rear doors a la MKT...or SOMETHING. A different front clip may fool some people, but I always see a Ford with a different grill when I see the MKX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is just the MCE, thus the entire look is not changing. However, look for what you are asking for, on the redesign, in a couple of years.

        At that time, the vehicles will be completely different looking, much in the same vein that the MKT and Flex look completely different, inside and out.
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