The third of four all-new Lincoln vehicles scheduled to go on sale by 2016 has appeared in concept form.
The American automaker has unveiled the MKX concept in Beijing, marking the first time the brand has stepped outside the U.S. to reveal a concept vehicle. As the company plans to enter the growing Chinese automotive market, it sought feedback through customer research clinics when designing the MKX concept. Lincoln says the study revealed that Chinese buyers believe a medium premium utility vehicle like the MKX should have off-road capability and sportiness.
As a result, the MKX concept sports a separate front skid plate, raised ground clearance and reinforced wheel arches. The body features a sloping teardrop roofline and is highlighted by wide shoulders flanking its recessed rear windows. In concept form, it rolls on 21-inch wheels while the roof was lowered to give the vehicle an overall sleeker shape.
The all-new MKX is expected to go into production by 2016, but in the meantime the automaker will enter the Chinese market later this year with its MKZ and MKC models.
GALLERY: Lincoln MKX Concept
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