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Luxury on Demand: Lincoln refines its award-winning Lincoln MKX for 2009 with more innovations including available voice-activated navigation with industry exclusive SIRIUS Travel Link™, standard power liftgate, and important customer conveniences like a front passenger grab handle, cargo compartment hooks and cargo net and a universal garage door opener.
The 2009 Lincoln MKX is strength and elegance perfectly blended in a refined yet dynamic design. With features like the six-speed automatic transmission, available all-wheel-drive, standard heated-and-cooled front seats and available heated rear seats, the Lincoln MKX is poised to meet the demands of discriminating customers.
Since its debut as a 2007 model, the Lincoln MKX has defined Lincoln’s presence in the fastest-growing premium crossover segment with its elegant exterior design, award-winning interior and third-party recognition for safety, quality and technology.
The Lincoln MKX also has helped round out the Lincoln showroom, bringing new customers to Lincoln and helping boost the brand’s share in the competitive premium market.
The award-winning Lincoln MKX blends modern Lincoln design with a sporty stance, powerful 3.5-liter engine and quiet interior. It is available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.
Technological advances on the Lincoln MKX include available panoramic VistaRoof™ and adaptive headlamps that move with the steering wheel. A suite of standard features including AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) and solid unibody construction have helped the Lincoln MKX earn a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The 2009 Lincoln MKX provides customers even more of what they expect from a luxury crossover with more industry-first innovations plus four special edition packages and a host of new standard features. They include:
SYNC – The industry-exclusive, voice-activated, hands-free, in-car communications and entertainment system adds new features for 2009, including 911 Assist, which can directly contact local 911 emergency personnel to dispatch help in the event of an air bag deployment or fuel shut-off. The 911 Assist feature allows calls to be placed directly to a local 911 operator, eliminating the need to go through a call center operator first. There is no additional monthly fee for this feature since, when set up, it uses a customer’s existing mobile phone. Also coming to the upgraded SYNC system will be the Vehicle Health Report (VHR) function, which allows customers to monitor more than two dozen vehicle systems, receive maintenance reports in simple, user-friendly language and, when appropriate, schedule service online. Reports can also be printed or e-mailed as necessary.
Voice- activated navigation with SIRIUS® Travel Link™ – Lincoln moves in-car connectivity forward with the available next-generation navigation system, available for the first time ever with SIRIUS Travel Link. This offers drivers and passengers access to up-to-the-minute information and entertainment content through the vehicle’s navigation system.
Working through the standard feature SIRIUS satellite radio network, Travel Link offers, coast-to-coast coverage of real-time traffic data; weather reports (both current and five day forecasts with storm information and even ski resort conditions); fuel options from more than 120,000 stations sorted by price or distance; major league pro and college sports as well as movie listings from more than 4,500 theaters. A six-month introductory subscription to SIRIUS Travel Link and SIRIUS satellite radio are included at no cost.
Lincoln MKX special packages – New for 2009, the Limited Edition offers a chrome grille on four colors – Brilliant Silver, Vivid Red, White Platinum Tri-Coat and Black Clearcoat. Both Limited Edition and Monochromatic Limited Edition packages offer 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, fineline ebony wood interior accents, premium leather trimmed seats in Charcoal Black with Medium Light Stone inserts and piping plus unique badging, Lincoln Star logos stitched on the first-row head restraints and headlamp lenses are etched with the Lincoln Star for a unique effect.
In addition, the Ultimate Package for 2009, available on both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models, features 18-inch eight-spoke chrome-clad wheels, adaptive lighting, the new ambient interior lighting feature, EasyFold™ second-row remote seat release, premium leather trimmed seating with contrast piping and a below-floor cargo management system. Also available on the Ultimate Package is the Ebony Interior Package, which includes premium leather trimmed seats in Charcoal Black with Charcoal Black piping and fineline ebony wood appliqués on the instrument panel, front and rear door trim and steering wheel.
Additional standard features on the Lincoln MKX include power lumbar driver and front passenger seats, easy entry driver’s seat, memory driver’s seat and side mirrors, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror and Reverse Sensing System.
Lincoln MKX is also available in, White Suede Clearcoat Metallic, Sterling Gray Clearcoat Metallic, Cinnamon, Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic and Dark Ink Blue Clearcoat Metallic.
Modern Lincoln Design
Lincoln MKX’s confident exterior and luxurious, quiet interior underscore the direction of Lincoln’s modern design.
The high beltline is defined by a stroke of chromed trim that caps broad shoulders, pronounced wheel lips and short overhangs that give Lincoln MKX its wide, athletic stance. Standard chromed door handles and chromed caps on each side-view mirror add a dramatic finishing touch.
Black rocker panels plant the vehicle to the ground, accentuating the standard 18-inch wheels and tires. Customers also can choose 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels for an added touch of upscale flair.
Side marker lights cut into the simple, clean fascia and bend around to the side of the vehicle. Chrome-ringed fog lamps integrated into the lower fascia echo the chrome-tipped dual exhausts.
Distinctive lighting is a hallmark of modern Lincoln design, offering the perfect balance of art and functionality.
An available adaptive front lighting system consists of motor-driven halogen low beams based on steering-wheel input that swivel around curves. When cornering, the headlamps can illuminate a stretch of road up to 36 feet longer than conventional headlights.
Functional elegance is also the theme for Lincoln MKX’s liftgate lighting. The system uses 16 light-emitting diodes (LEDs), eight outboard and eight inboard, flanking the Lincoln star. The result is an edge-to-edge band of illumination across the width of the liftgate.
Quiet, Comfortable Interior
Lincoln’s modern identity is evident in Lincoln MKX’s comfortable, elegant interior, which includes a new all-black and ebony combination for 2009.
Lincoln MKX boasts the quietest Lincoln interior yet. In addition to conventional sound-absorbing techniques such as a thick dash pad, laminated windshield and thick side glass, Lincoln MKX blends unique materials to reduce road noise in the acbin. A constrained-layer barrier is fused to the rear wheelhouses, and sound-deadening material is welded behind exterior trim panels.
The interior design is defined by a sweeping instrument panel flowing into a clean, well-organized center stack. Wood and bright nickel accents are carried to the door panels. Interior controls are bathed in Lincoln’s cool-white light for a pleasing nighttime cabin experience. For 2009, a new available ambient interior lighting package offers seven lighting color options to illuminate footwells and cupholders.
Removable dividers in the center console let customers adapt storage space for anything from laptop computers to handbags and CDs. The center console also features a concealed power point – for a total of four throughout the interior – and an MP3 audio jack. Phone and MP3 player cords can be neatly organized, and a slot molded into the console provides power-point access.
The interior is surprisingly spacious, defying its sleek exterior shape. Front seats have 10-way power adjustment including power lumbar for both driver and passenger, along with standard heated and cooled features. The second row is sure to make all occupants comfortable with available heated seats, as well as ample headroom and legroom.
In addition, the 60/40-split second row features impressive reclining angles of up to 15 degrees. It also folds in one fluid movement, either by the seat-mounted lever or a unique available EasyFold™ remote switch accessible from the liftgate. Lincoln MKX offers 68.7 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded.
Vista Roof™ Lets in Mother Nature
As drivers face more congested roads, Lincoln MKX’s available all-glass Vista Roof™ brings stress relief through its unique outward view and open-air freedom.
The Vista Roof™ features a large 27.3-inch by 29.4-inch forward sunroof with a one-touch-open switch for vent and tilt-and-slide operations. Dual power sunshades operate concurrently when the driver wants to block out glare. Meanwhile, the fixed 15.75-inch by 31.3-inch rear moon roof gives rear-seat viewers an outside view, too.
Award Winning Entertainment
The 2009 Lincoln MKX offers the industry’s first THX® II-Certified audio system designed by THX, a California company renowned for its movie theater systems.
The award-winning THX II system uses the latest in THX technologies to bring the home theater surround sound experience to the open road. The system uses a 12-channel amplifier to deliver 600 watts of power to a total of 12 speakers, including two subwoofers, strategically placed in the cabin.
The system’s processor takes into consideration bandwidth, peak audio levels and coverage uniformity to deliver a smooth spectral balance and wide dynamic range. Multi-channel equalization and digital signal processing match the speaker placement to the cabin acoustics to assure this level of performance.
With the push of a button, the system can be configured for three specific listening modes – Driver, Front Seats and All Seats – ensuring that all passengers are enjoying optimal sound.
For 2009, the next-generation navigation system includes the THX® II Certified Audio System.
The system also features a fast-loading six-disc changer that reads CDs in normal audio, MP3 compressed or text formats. The AM/FM tuner is compatible with the Radio Data Broadcasting System (RDBS) and displays participating radio station call letters, formats and song titles.
Lincoln MKX also features an integrated MP3-audio input jack and power point conveniently concealed in the center console.
Tuned for Refinement and Comfort
Powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, Lincoln MKX is Lincoln’s best example yet of effortless driving performance thanks to its wide stance, four-wheel independent suspension and the brand’s well-honed driving DNA.
Lincoln MKX’s unibody construction provides a strong foundation for the four-wheel independent suspension. The MacPherson-strut front suspension is mounted to an isolated subframe that uses hydro-bushings to reduce unwanted steering wheel vibration.
A four-link, independent rear suspension uses stamped steel control blades and monotube shocks for precise suspension tuning. The rear shocks are mounted outboard and behind the wheel center to enhance ride and handling. Lincoln MKX comes standard with four-wheel disc brakes and an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
The available intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is tuned with an emphasis on luxury performance and confident all-weather driving. The system actively and seamlessly delivers torque to all four wheels, even before wheel slippage occurs. An active on-demand coupler delivers the precise amount of torque needed to the rear wheels. Paired with available traction control, intelligent AWD can transfer torque front-to-rear and side-to-side.
The advanced six-speed automatic transmission uses a wide 6.04:1 gear ratio, along with multiple clutches for smooth, refined shifts.
Safety Customers Expect
The Lincoln MKX offers a long list of standard safety features designed to help protect occupants in the event of a crash. The body structure has been optimized through the strategic use of high-strength steel, side intrusion beams in the doors, and specially designed energy-absorbing interior door trim.
Other safety advancements include:
AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™). This system can predict a vehicle’s path, using a sensor to measure oversteer and yaw by monitoring the vehicle’s speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle. When the system senses wheel slip or the loss of traction, it applies braking where needed to help keep the vehicle safely on its intended path.
Ford’s Personal Safety System®. This suite of safety features includes dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, safety belt pretensioners, seat weight sensing system for the passenger seat and crash severity sensing.
Ford’s exclusive Safety Canopy® side curtain air bags. Designed for both rows, this feature utilizes roll-fold technology to efficiently deploy the air bag when an occupant’s head is leaning to the side glass. In the event of a crash, the roll-fold bag is designed to deploy between the occupant’s head and the side of the vehicle.
Ford’s BeltMinder™ safety belt reminder for driver and front passenger. Lincoln MKX also comes equipped with such standard features as child safety locks on the rear doors and LATCH child safety restraint system.
Ford’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This system alerts drivers when tire pressure is low.
Major Features and Options
Standard features include: Lincoln SYNC™ communications and entertainment system; heated and cooled front seats; four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); power locks; auto-dimming rearview mirror; 4-power points; remote keyless entry; power windows with driver and passenger one-touch up/down; power liftgate; two-speed rear wiper; privacy glass; heated, dual power mirrors with memory; chrome door handles; chrome sideview mirror caps; 18-inch machined aluminum wheels; air conditioning; premium AM/FM stereo/clock/CDx6/MP3 with 6 speakers and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio with 6-month pre-paid subscription; auxiliary audio input jack; floor mats; overhead console; manual tilt and telescoping steering wheel; leather-wrapped steering with genuine wood accents.
Plus, speed control and redundant audio controls; AdvanceTrac® with RSC®; BeltMinder; child safety locks; height-adjustable safety belts; LATCH; Personal Safety System®; Reverse Sensing System; SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system; Perimeter anti-theft alarm; Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and universal garage door opener.
Optional features include: 20-inch chrome-clad wheels; panoramic Vista Roof™; Roof rack side rails; ambient interior lighting; heated rear seats;; THX II-Certified audio system with 12 speakers; next-generation, voice-activated, DVD-based navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link.
Limited Edition includes: ‘Limited Edition’ vehicle badge; Charcoal Black interior with fineline Ebony wood; Ebony floor carpet and floor mats with logo; premium leather trimmed seating in Charcoal Black with Medium Light Stone inserts and piping; stitched Lincoln Star on the first-row head restraints; 20-inch chrome-clad wheels; etched Lincoln Star on headlamp lens.
Monochrome Limited Edition includes all features of the Limited Edition plus a monochromatic body color grille.
Ultimate Package includes: 18-inch, eight-spoke chrome-clad aluminum wheels; adaptive headlamps; ambient interior lighting; EasyFold™ second-row remote seat release; premium leather trimmed seating with contrast piping; below floor cargo management system.
Ebony Interior Package includes premium leather trimmed seats in Charcoal Black with Charcoal Black Piping; fineline ebony wood grain interior accents on the instrument panel, front and rear door trim and steering wheel.
Class II Trailer Tow/Pre Package includes: Class II receiver hitch; engine oil cooler; larger radiator; upgraded cooling fan; upgraded battery; wiring harness with 4-Pin connector.
The 2009 Lincoln MKX is manufactured in Ford Motor Company’s Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada.
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