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Lincoln spotted testing the new 2018 MKX

Lincoln spotted testing the new 2018 MKX
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Friday 18 August 2017, 18:56 PM

The current generation Lincoln MKX has been on sale for two years now. A new 2018 model update of the SUV was recently spotted testing at the carmaker’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

The revamped MKX spotted here will adopt a heavily revised front end. The new Lincoln grille which debuted on the Continental and MKZ sedans will make its way to the new MKX as well, replacing the ‘butterfly’ designed grille. The entire fascia will be revised, with new headlights and reworked front bumpers. Interestingly, there are speculations that the redesigned front of the MKZ will adopt a two-tier headlight layout similar to the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Hyundai Kona. However, it is difficult to confirm that for now given that the prototype in question here is highly cladded. The cabin is expected to get some minor updates with advanced safety features added to the equipment list. A Black Label special edition is also on the cards.

The refreshed MKX will continue to be powered by the line-up of Ecoboost V6 motors. There might be an entry level four cylinder variant introduced with the update. The nine-speed automatic transmission developed with General Motors will replace the current six-speed unit.

The MKX will go on to compete against the likes of the Cadillac XT5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Porsche Macan in the American market. Lincoln is expected to reveal the updated MKX later this year or in early 2018 at the Detroit Motor Show.

 

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