It appears that Lincoln prepares one more premier. Well okay, the vehicle isn’t quite ready, but it looks like it’s using the all-new suit already. You are looking at the first testing vehicle of their mid-size crossover, which will make the official debut sometime next year as the 2019 Lincoln MKX.
Even though it’s completely wrapped, the camouflaged SUV clearly shows what’s new. The new generation MKX will definitely feature a completely new grille. Yes, in place of today’s two-piece grille there seems to be a single grille, which will probably be similar to the Continental’s. The 2019 MKX won’t be the only vehicle from Lincoln that’s getting the change. No, aside from these two, the car manufacturer will do the similar thing with the new generation Navigator and MKC. In addition, the prototype hides new headlights and bumper in the front, while the rear engine gets a totally redesigned hatch with a pair of new taillights. The luxury SUV isn’t getting bigger or smaller footprint (at least we can’t see the difference), but it definitely lies closer to the ground. This will probably boost driving dynamics, which is pretty impressive already.
There is nothing official regarding MKX’s future engine options, but we think that the carmaker plans to add something new under the hood. The current twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 that makes 335 horsepower will likely stay untouched, but today’s 3.7-liter V-6 mill might be replaced by an updated version of a 2.3-liter Ecoboost. The 4-cylinder engine is capable of delivering up to 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of twist, but we highly doubt that the carmaker plans to use all the potential for the 2019 Lincoln MKX. Of course, the engines will power either front or all four wheels, depending what you want. The power will be sent through a six-speed auto gearbox, yet the manufacturer might decide to add an optional nine-speed automatic transmission as well.
According to information we have, the redesigned 2019 Lincoln MKX will be introduced at 2018 Detroit auto show, which means that we should see plenty of prototypes before the official debut.