As the pictures demonstrate, the vehicle seems to be true to the MKX concept that debuted in Beijing earlier this year. The design borrows heavily from the 2013 and newer MKZ and 2015 MKC. Look closely, and you’ll notice two different headlights — one using LED technology, and the other using a projector-beam setup, which makes us wonder if both will be offered, with the former being an extra-cost option. But what the photos don’t show is a complete overhaul of the vehicle in both platform, design, and technology.
To start, the 2016 MKX will adopt a new architecture, switching from the Mazda-designed CD3 to the Ford-engineered CD4 shared with the 2015 Ford Edge, 2013 and newer Fusion/2015 and newer Mondeo, along with the 2013 and newer Lincoln MKZ. With time, a stretched version of the same architecture will underpin the next-generation Ford Taurus, Explorer and Flex, as well as the next-gen Lincoln MKS and MKT. What the spy photos also don’t show is a new engine range, details of which are currently unknown. What we do know for sure, however, is that the 2016 Lincoln MKX will be the first recipient of Lincoln’s partnership with Harman, which gives customers the option to equip their vehicle with Revel’s ultra-premium stereo system.
Expect the all-new 2016 MKX to make its debut in calendar year 2015, and launch later on in the same year.