The debut of the MKX Concept is Lincoln’s first concept car reveal outside the US and also marks the brand’s enter in the growing Chinese market later this year with the MKZ and MKC.
The profile view is defined by an aerodynamic, sloping teardrop roofline, a high belt line and muscular shoulders underlined by the dynamic side undercut. The proportions are balanced by the large 21-inch machined aluminum wheels.
The front end is characterized by the signature split-wing grille featuring horizontal lines that continue as strips of LED accent lights below each headlamp.
These strips of light glow sequentially as part of Lincoln’s updated approach detection feature, included in the Lincoln Experiences technology-driven package, which is aimed at creating a more personal car-owning experience.
At the rear the MKX Concept features a new interpretation of Lincoln’s signature full-width taillamps.
One of the designers’ goal was to create a look that would be appreciated by luxury customers around the world.
Intensive study of the Chinese luxury customer over the past few years revealed that a medium premium utility vehicle should express off-road capability and sportiness.
Based on that, the MKX Concept includes elements such as a separated front skid plate, heightened ground clearance and reinforced wheel arches. The floating aluminum body-side rocker molding is engraved with the Lincoln logo.
Highlighted by a panoramic glass surface that lets natural light fill the cabin and integrated roof racks, the floating rear spoiler houses the center high-mounted stop light and hides the antenna.
The first video features a design overview by Lincoln Exterior Design Manager Andrea Di Buduo.
In the second video Andrea di Buduo and exterior designer John Caswell talk about international design, the inspiration for a global motorcar, and preserving the heritage of Lincoln design DNA.
“Great emphasis was put on the proportions of this concept vehicle,” said Andrea Di Buduo, exterior design manager of the Lincoln MKX Concept. “It’s a very emotional, athletic design. Its horizontal lines and defined undercuts are gracefully integrated and very sophisticated, yet convey a powerful and dynamic presence.”
“Concept vehicles are defined by every design detail,” said David Woodhouse, Lincoln design director, “and this MKX Concept shows how Lincoln’s thoughtful design philosophy continues to evolve. The Lincoln brand was built on vehicles with stunning design, and the MKX Concept is the latest example.”