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Lincoln has finally dropped the details on the MKX Concept after a few days of teasing. Set for a very important global debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, we're going to have to see this conceptualized version of the third-generation MKX in person before we can draw any real conclusions on the effectiveness of its design.

One of the things Lincoln will need to do to succeed is deliver something to customers that's unique to the brand's vehicles, which are exclusively rebadged models from parent company Ford. We're not sure this is going to be distinctive enough.

Unlike its last new vehicle, the Navigator, the work done on the MKX is smooth and refined. The stance of the vehicle, with its 21-inch wheels, is aggressive enough. Viewed from the profile, the overhangs appear rather short, while character lines keep it from looking slabsided. In front, we might be witnessing the cleanest interpretation yet of Lincoln's twin grilles. The headlights are slim and stylish, and we're digging the shape and style of the mirrors, which feature integrated turn signals that outline the mirror cap.

That said, the overall look still reminds us too strongly of the Ford Edge Concept that was shown in LA. A number of key styling elements, like the taillights and the shape of the greenhouse, have more Edge DNA in them than we'd like to see. The MKX does have an interesting styling to its roof, although we can't say that this treatment would make it into production.

In any case, this is a clean, stylish and attractive piece of design. Certainly, Lincoln seems to be coming to grips with its styling language, adding some of the very best cues from the upcoming MKC to the MKX Concept. All things considered, had the MKX debuted before the Edge Concept, we'd probably be a lot more impressed.

Unfortunately, we don't have any interior images to share, and Lincoln is completely mum on the details. Here's hoping that the interior is attractive enough to create some distance between the MKX and the Edge. And we hope the same can be said of mechanical details.

All things considered, then, it's time we asked what you thought. Take a look at the full gallery of images at the top of the page, read through the press release below, and then head into Comments and let us know if Lincoln's handiwork is up to snuff. What do you think they should change, and what's your favorite design aspect on the MKX Concept? Have your say below.
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Lincoln MKX Concept Hints at Sophisticated, Elegant Global Sport Utility Vehicle

> The Lincoln MKX Concept, unveiled at Auto China 2014, previews an elegant update to Lincoln's midsize premium utility vehicle

> Well-balanced proportions highlighted by wide shoulders, a sloping roofline and 21-inch wheels create a gracefully athletic presence

> Full LED headlamps with strips of dynamic LED signature lighting – which light sequentially as part of Lincoln's updated approach detection – float within a reimagined Lincoln split-wing grille

> Projections call for continued growth of the premium midsize utility segment worldwide through 2018



BEIJING, April 20, 2014 – The Lincoln Motor Company today unveiled the MKX Concept at Auto China 2014 in Beijing. The Lincoln MKX Concept hints at a global SUV that will become the third of four all-new Lincoln vehicles due by 2016. It is designed to capture the attention of consumers worldwide.

This unveiling in Beijing marks the first time Lincoln has stepped beyond U.S. borders to reveal a concept vehicle.

Drawing design inspiration from airplanes and motorbikes, the Lincoln MKX Concept evokes feelings of power and agility, offering a glimpse of the American luxury brand's future as it enters the rapidly growing Chinese market.

Several customer research clinics were held in China and the United States to gather feedback on the design to ensure the final execution would satisfy and delight luxury customers around the world.

"Great emphasis was put on the proportions of this concept vehicle," said Andrea Di Buduo, exterior design manager of the Lincoln MKX Concept. "It's a very emotional, athletic design. Its horizontal lines and defined undercuts are gracefully integrated and very sophisticated, yet convey a powerful and dynamic presence."

Intensive study of the Chinese luxury customer over the past few years revealed that a medium premium utility vehicle should express off-road capability and sportiness.

Based on that, the MKX Concept includes elements such as a separated front skid plate, heightened ground clearance and reinforced wheel arches. The floating aluminum body-side rocker molding is engraved with the Lincoln logo.

This execution communicates adaptability to different road conditions, combined with crafted execution and attention to detail.

Defined by an aerodynamic, sloping teardrop roofline, the Lincoln MKX Concept's modern silhouette lends to its sporty personality, which is highlighted by wide shoulders flanking its recessed rear windows to heighten the design. Dynamic side undercuts, a high beltline and 21-inch machined aluminum wheels further enhance the well-proportioned design.

The roof over the rear was lowered to give the vehicle a sleeker shape. Highlighted by a panoramic glass surface that lets natural light fill the cabin and integrated roof racks, the floating rear spoiler houses the center high-mounted stop light and hides the antenna.

The Lincoln MKX Concept offers a new interpretation of Lincoln's signature full-width taillamps.

"Concept vehicles are defined by every design detail," said David Woodhouse, Lincoln design director, "and this MKX Concept shows how Lincoln's thoughtful design philosophy continues to evolve. The Lincoln brand was built on vehicles with stunning design, and the MKX Concept is the latest example."

Lincoln's aggressive signature split-wing grille accentuates the front end. The artistic interpretation of the grille features horizontal lines that continue as strips of LED accent lights below each headlamp. These strips of light glow sequentially as part of Lincoln's updated approach detection feature – one element of the Lincoln Experiences package.

Lincoln Experiences, a technology-driven suite of features introduced on the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC small utility vehicle, is designed to create a warmer, more personal luxury car-owning experience. Anticipating and responding to a driver's needs and preferences, Lincoln Experiences offers a warm embrace that begins as a driver approaches the vehicle and continues upon entry and vehicle start-up.

"The transformation of The Lincoln Motor Company is under way, with sales up 27 percent in the United States over the last six months, due largely to the all-new MKZ sedan, and excitement is building for the soon-to-arrive MKC," said Jim Farley, executive vice president, global Ford marketing, sales and service and Lincoln.

"That momentum continues with this MKX Concept. It demonstrates the design direction for the third all-new vehicle from Lincoln, one that will capture the true essence of the brand – warm and inviting, beautifully styled, and with the promise of engaging technologies that appeal to a younger luxury consumer in a global market."

Lincoln will enter the Chinese market later this year when MKZ and MKC go on sale. An MKX production model would compete in the fast-growing midsize premium utility segment there. With 245,000 sales in 2013, the segment has grown 9,650 percent in the past five years. Premium midsize utility vehicles – which represent 17 percent of the luxury market and 45 percent of the luxury utility market in China – are projected to grow an additional 84 percent, to more than 450,000 units by 2018.*

In the United States, the segment grew 13 percent from 2008 to 2013, to 441,000 units. That growth is expected to continue through 2018, when projections call for almost 550,000 vehicle sales. Globally, the midsize premium utility segment accounted for 839,000 sales in 2013, and is projected to eclipse 1.2 million sales by 2018.**

*Sales and segmentation data provided by IHS; **sales and segmentation data provided by manufacturer


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      Muttons
      • 9 Months Ago
      Brandon, explain to me please, what design features are shared between this vehicle and the Edge concept. I'll just wait over here for a concrete example while you take the time to actually look at both cars instead of parroting what every rabid Lincoln critic says. Your use of the "rebadge" term is completely inappropriate for this vehicle. Funny how the Lexus NX, which is based on the Rav4, gets no mention on autoblog of "rebadging" or platform sharing, despite having just as much shared content as the Ford/Lincoln platform mates. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/20/lexus-nx-200t-300h-beijing-2014/
        Brett Red-Dog Evans
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Muttons
        I agree. It doesn't look to share a single element except perhaps door glass, but the different quarterlights help make the MKX look unique and fresh. And the rear-three-quarter treatment is totally different. I think it looks great. It'll be nice to see Lincoln break out of its styling shell with the MKX and MKC.
      That Guy
      • 9 Months Ago
      Awful. The level of incompetence is astounding with this trim level known as Lincoln. Yet another nail in the coffin. Why Ford continues with this mediocrity is beyond me. Either do something with this brand that will actually help it or just close it down. So far Ford has shown no interest in making Lincoln anything other than the new Mercury
        Muttons
        • 9 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        He's "that guy" who does nothing all day but troll Ford stories so he can post something negative. If he maybe posted something, ANYTHING, noteworthy or coherent on other stories you might be able to take him seriously. But his MO is clearly all anti-Ford, all the time, so that's what he does. Just move along.
        traction_control
        • 9 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Your right, it is "AWFUL" Attractive Worthwhile Fluid Uncluttered Luxury Lincoln is on the right track, they just can't afford any derailments at the moment. Aside from a all-new Navigator (which is coming), the next thing the brand needs a rear-wheel drive full-size flagship sedan.
        Lachmund
        • 9 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        this looks much better than anything ford has on offer. what is wrong with you?!
      fpb300
      • 9 Months Ago
      It still looks like an Oldsmobile!
      Mr. Bader®
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow Lincoln still making cars
        cpmanx
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Mr. Bader®
        Oooh, very clever! Perhaps you'd like to add that this thing looks just like an Aztek?
      Raul Velez
      • 9 Months Ago
      Come on Autoblog, this MKX concept looks nothing like the Edge concept, other than they both have four tires. And it looks terrific. If Lincoln brings it to production as closely as they did with the MKC, they'll have a stylish winner.
      mikeybyte1
      • 9 Months Ago
      Very sharp concept. I disagree about it looking too much like the Edge concept. Only similarity is with the taillights and I blame Ford for stealing Lincoln's full width lamp design and dropping it on the Edge. Other than that it is pretty unique - and handsome. The grille/llight integration is extremely well done. Hope that somehow carries over to production, and that they give it some unique engine/trans options compared to the Edge. Well done!
      traction_control
      • 9 Months Ago
      Brandon Turkus for Autoblog - "Unlike its last new vehicle, the Navigator, the work done on the MKX is smooth and refined." The 2015 Navigator wasn't new to being with, it is a facelift of the current Navigator, so the overall look is not going to be "smooth and refined" like a all-new design. Having said that, the next-generation aluminium Navigator (due around 2017 for the 2018 model year) will take cues from this MKX Concept. I would not go as far to call the MKX Concept a Navigator-lite, but the next Navigator will look very similar.
      john m
      • 9 Months Ago
      This looks FANTASTIC!!! VERY nice concept! Well done Lincoln! Now, don't "F" up the production version by watering it down too much.
      Ted C
      • 9 Months Ago
      Good looking car. I see absolutely no similarity to the Edge...so let's stop mentioning it. Mmmkay.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 9 Months Ago
      It seems to literally be a scaled up MKC, not that that is necessarily a bad thing. To say that it reminds you too much of the Edge Concept makes me question your ability to critique design.
        Robert Kingsland
        • 9 Months Ago
        @KaBoomBOX
        I agree with you. Ford/Lincoln keep getting bashed for shared platforms. What about Escalades an Audi's etc. I recently test drove an MKZ after buying a Titanium Fusion and was thoroughly impressed, especially with the panoramic moon roof. Want that to be my next step up car or perhaps another Lincoln. Lincoln was always about subdued luxury and style and the design direction now, recaptures that classic elegance.
      TrueDat
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looks fantastic, love what Lincoln is doing.
      Hemigts
      • 9 Months Ago
      This MKX doesn't have as much in common with the Edge concept as implied. - The belt line on the MKX is intersects the A-pillar on the same plane the hood and begins to rise about halfway down the passenger door, the Edge's intersects the A pillar below the hood and only kick's up under the rear 3 quarter window, which is clearly triangular while the rear 3 quarter window on the MKX is practically four-sided. - The taillights on the Edge run along the bottom edge of the rear window, which appears quite flat, while the MKX's are lower and the rear window appears to have more of a curve to it. The LED strip that connects the taillights is almost even with the bottom edge of the lens on the MKX, while the strip on the Edge is higher. - In profile the roofline on the Edge appears to remain even and the windshield has just a bit more rake while the MKX appears to slope downward slightly towards the rear and the windscreen appears slightly steeper. I think the rear is more reminiscent of the GLA than the Edge concept. It does seem to have a much higher attention to detail than any Lincoln concept of recent memory though.
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