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OVERHAULED LINCOLN MKX GETS A NEW POWERFUL ENGINE!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Since it debuted nine years ago, buyers have enjoyed riding in extravagance and style in the Lincoln MKX. Now with a major re-do, the midsize luxury SUV shows even more promise. Nearly an inch more in wheelbase and 1/2 inch in length from its predecessor, the second-generation model is equipped with an all-new engine too and a more appealing interior.
Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the fresh 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V-6 belts out 335 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 380 pounds-feet of torque @ 3000 rpm. That is plenty of verve for the 4,447-pound vehicle to scoot from any speed. It retains the 6-speed auto gear box, which can be toggled via steering-wheel paddles. The MacPherson strut front and integral-link rear suspension holds the unibody structure together to ensure a supple ride. Credit goes to its electric power steering for effectively handling sharp turns and curves.
Making the Lincoln stand out in a crowd is the split-wing grille surrounded by HID headlights while signature full-wide tail lamps take up the rear. But it is in the extravagant, classy and exquisitely made cabin that the MKX shines. Passenger volume is a cool 108.3 cubic feet. Six-footers in the rear seat have substantial room to stretch legs, thanks to the recline feature. Standard amenities include heated/cooled and 10-way power front seats, dual-zone auto climate control, push-button gear shifter, remote start, MyLincoln Touch, power lift gate and tilt/telescopic steering column to accommodate drivers of any size.
Priced at $47,650, the MKX can peak at well over $63,000 with standalone options. The Lincoln boasts nippy acceleration, excellent handling and balance and good body control. Plus, it is gorgeous to the eye inside and out. These should help justify the high-ticket item. 

MKX
Tires: 265/40R21
Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
Length: 190 inches
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gallons
City: 17 mpg
Highway: 24 mpg
Web site: www.lincoln.com

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