Lincoln MKX
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Lincoln
Model: MKX
Lincoln MKX

The Lincoln MKX, which was known internally as codename U388, went on sale in November of 2006 as a 2007 model. It utilizes the CD3 platform, which is shared with the Ford Edge, the Mazda CX-7, the Mazda CX-9, the Ford Fusion, the Mercury Milan, the Lincoln Zephyr and the Mazda6. The new MKX is a unibody construction crossover SUV rather than a truck-based body-on-frame SUV like its predecessor, the Lincoln Aviator. This luxury crossover SUV made by Ford's luxury marquee, Lincoln was originally intended to replace the Aviator, but went on sale under the MKX nameplate. The MKX is built alongside the related Ford Edge at Oakville Assembly in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, making it the first Lincoln built in Canada since 1936. This model is drawing a tag of $34,495 to $44,885 depending on options selected. In terms of what is going wrong for the Lincoln MKX, Honda filed a lawsuit against Ford in January 2006, claiming that the MKX name is too close to that of Honda's Acura MDX. They stated that this would cause confusion among consumers shopping for crossover utility vehicles. The suit was settled out of court with the details of the arrangement not being released. Ford officially referred to the vehicles with the ‘Mark-Ex’ pronunciation from January to June 2006, but changed to the phonetic ‘em-kay-ex’ in July 2006 making one wonder what was really resolved by the lawsuit. Nevertheless, it is the first vehicle to use Lincoln's new naming convention, which eliminates traditional names in favor of the European and Asian inspired sets of letters and or numbers. Furthermore, in 2004 Lincoln had previously shown another "Mark X" concept vehicle, based on the latest Ford Thunderbird platform, with a distinctive retractable roof replacing the convertible and removable hardtop configurations. This model has yet to be seen again.

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