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Lincoln MKX 2011

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Sunday, June 19, 2011 | 3:45 AM

Car Name: Lincoln MKX
Brand Name: Lincoln

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MKX has only been a member of Lincoln�s model line since 2007, so there�s not a whole lot of history. But tweaking that old Oldsmobile ad line to fit this updated crossover�focusing on how it shrugs off the cobwebs of yesteryear�does seem to make some sense here.

For example, unlike the first edition, with its throwback-to-the-�60s grille, the redesigned front end appears to eschew overt retroness. Or at least it puts the retro vibe a couple decades more distant (remember the 1941 Continental?). Anyway, whether there�s a hint of design heritage or not, this much is unassailable: This Lincoln�s new look isn�t going to be confused with anything else, including the Ford Edge, on which the MKX is based.

Although the sheetmetal has been extensively and eye-catchingly revised and the interior attractively and comfortably upgraded, perhaps the most striking element of this vehicle�s freshening is its collection of center-stack secondary controls, an array that is utterly devoid of traditional switches and knobs. It�s called MyLincoln Touch. Combining audio, climate, and navigation functions, it�s standard and essentially a duplicate of the optional MyFord Touch system in the Ford Edge.

So, there�s no volume dial to twirl. No levers or rocker switches. Just a large touchscreen that can double as the display for the voice-activated nav system (optional) and backup camera (ditto), as well as several small, touch-sensitive �buttons��to select radio stations, for example�and �sliders� to control the HVAC fan speed and stereo volume. Is having no moving parts a good thing? From the perspective of manufacturing simplicity, the answer is probably yes. But from the perspective of the operator, we have to say the jury�s out.

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