2008 Lincoln MKX

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What Changed for 2008:
  • Standard Sync communications system

  • New Limited Edition package

  • New Monochrome Limited Edition package

  • New 20-inch chrome wheels

  • Available DVD-based navigation system that features voice-activated capability

  • Standard premium leather heated and cooled seats

  • Standard reverse sensing system

  • Standard driver and passenger power lumbar, memory seats, and mirrors

  • Standard Sirius satellite radio and THX II-certified audio system

  • New exterior colors: Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Ink Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic
The Lincoln MKX offers car-like ride and handling characteristics because it's based on Ford's CD3 platform, which is shared with the Ford Edge and the current trio of Lincoln MKZ/Mercury Milan/Ford Fusion sedans. The MKX is the first crossover product for Lincoln, and is the beginning of a product strategy designed to bring viable products to the Lincoln showroom, the manufacturer says. The MKX adds more standard features for 2008, including the Sync system that allows voice activation of cellular phones and audio controls.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Lincoln MXK comes in only one trim level but two different drivetrains: the MKX FWD (front-wheel drive) and the MKX AWD (all-wheel drive). The AWD model delivers more traction under any road conditions, Lincoln says. Standard features on both models include heated and cooled front seats, 4-wheel discs with anti-lock brakes (ABS), power door locks, remote keyless entry, power windows, privacy glass, heated power mirrors with memory, 18-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning, auxiliary audio input jack, floor mats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents, cruise control and redundant audio controls, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.

There remains only one engine choice in the 2008 Lincoln MKX: a 3.5-liter, DOHC V-6 engine that produces 250 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the V-6 are 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the FWD model, and 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway for the AWD version. The engine is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The AWD on the MKX is an intelligent system that delivers torque to all four wheels. The system proactively senses wheel slippage and in conjunction with traction control distributes torque to the wheels with the most grip, both side-to-side and front and rear to provide optimum traction, the company explains.

The 2008 Lincoln MKX features six air bags, including side curtain air bags, as well as the optional AdvanceTrac stability control system with Roll Stability Control. Both features are designed to help the vehicle stay on the driver's intended path and prevent it from rolling over during sudden maneuvers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frontal-impact rating for the MKX is 5 stars (the highest possible rating) for the driver and 4 stars for the front-seat passenger. Both front and rear rows received a 5-star crash-test rating for side-impact protection, and the MKX received a 4-star rollover-resistance rating for both the 2WD and AWD models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the MKX a \"Good\" rating for its offset crash test.

High-tech features on the 2008 Lincoln MKX include optional adaptive lighting, which helps improve visibility while cornering at night as the headlights swivel around curves based on steering-wheel input, the automaker explains. Heated and cooled front seats, which originated with the Lincoln brand, are standard now for 2008. The front-row center console features removable dividers so passengers can customize the storage area to accommodate laptop computers, purses, CDs, and other items. Another available feature on the MKX is Vista Roof, a large, forward sunroof with a fixed, rear moonroof that includes dual power sunshades to block out glare. Extra effort was taken to lessen the amount of noise, vibration and harshness that is transmitted into the cabin, the maker says. The MKX features extensive sound-deadening materials around the cabin and uses laminated front windshield glass and thicker side door glass to reduce interior noise.

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  • Name FWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 35840.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
  • Name AWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 37590.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 15/22
  • Perforated leather trimmed 10-way pwr heated/cooled front bucket seats-inc: driver seat pwr lumbar support & memory, easy-entry feature
  • Perforated leather trimmed 60/40 split reclining rear bench-inc: w/2-way outboard head restraints, fold-forward center headrest w/armrest, (2) cupholders
  • 1st row floor console-inc: armrest, floor shifter, (2) cupholders, clamshell tray & divider
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats w/driver-side retainer hook
  • Leather wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: genuine wood accents, speed control, audio controls
  • Instrument cluster-inc: electro-fluorescent gauges, message center
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Delayed accessory pwr shut-off
  • Pwr windows-inc: driver/front passenger one-touch up/down, global open
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/(2) integrated key fobs, illuminated entry driver-side keypad
  • Speed control
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Perimeter anti-theft alarm
  • SecuriLock Encryption Passive Anti-Theft System (EPATS)
  • AM/FM stereo w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer-inc: MP3 capability, (6) speakers, Sirius satellite radio w/6 month subscription
  • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system-inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel controls, USB port, audio input jack
  • Dual zone Electronic Automatic Temp Control (DEATC)
  • Rear window defroster
  • Genuine wood interior appliques
  • (4) pwr points
  • Locking glove box
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Overhead console w/sunglass holder, front dome lamp w/maplights
  • Illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Rear cargo lamp
  • (2) coat hooks
  • (2) assist handles
  • Chrome beltline molding
  • Black spoiler
  • Chrome grille w/integrated Lincoln Star
  • Quad beam halogen headlamps w/Autolamp on/off delay control, wiper activation
  • Front fog lamps w/chrome bezel
  • Bi-color tail lamps w/full-width LED lighting panel
  • Pwr heated mirrors w/chrome caps, puddle lamps, memory, driver-side electrochromic
  • 1st row solar tinted glass
  • 2nd row rearward privacy glass
  • Speed-sensitive intermittent windshield wipers
  • 2-speed rear wiper w/washer
  • Body colored door handles
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 Duratec engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 3.16 axle ratio
  • Traction control
  • AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Maintenance-free 68-amp/hr battery w/battery saver
  • 150-amp alternator w/Smart Charge
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • P245/60TR18 all-season BSW tires
  • 18" machined aluminum 8-spoke wheels
  • 17" spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Dual exhaust system w/rolled edge chrome tips
  • 3.39 axle ratio
  • All wheel drive
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
    • Traction control
    • AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • Dual stage driver & front passenger airbags w/occupant classification system
    • Driver & front passenger-side impact air bags
    • 1st/2nd row side impact air curtains
    • Personal Safety System-inc: seat belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors, driver seat positioning system, crash severity sensing
    • 2nd row Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children (LATCH)
    • Rear child safety locks
    • Dual note horn

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