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Next-Gen Lincoln MKX Spied Inside and Out Before Detroit Debut

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/18/2014 Karla Sanchez
Next-Gen Lincoln MKX Spied Inside and Out Before Detroit Debut

It won't be too long before the sheets are pulled off the next-gen Lincoln MKX at the 2015 Detroit auto show next month, but thanks to spy photographers who snapped a production version out during testing, we've been given an early sneak peek at the crossover's new sheetmetal and completely overhauled interior.

The lightly camouflaged MKX reveals styling that doesn't stray from the concept we saw earlier this year. Like the concept, the production MKX wears a more subtle butterfly wing-style grille, with the outgoing car's vertical slats giving way to a horizontal layout. This new look helps pull the entire front end together, as the slats also frame the all-LED headlight system. Also like the concept, this tester keeps the large, brushed metallic bar that frames the side intakes on the lower front bumper. It's the same story around back, as this tester keeps the same design theme as the concept. 2016 Lincoln MKX Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Lincoln MKX Prototype

But what we hadn't seen until now is the MKX's interior. Spy photographers snapped photos of the car's cockpit, revealing a much more premium-looking center stack that flows in between the two front seats. Lots of brushed aluminum and soft-touch materials can also be seen, as well as more buttons and knobs in comparison to the outgoing car's capacitive touch switchgear. Like Lincoln's other new models, the MKX replaces its conventional shift knob with gear select buttons at the left of the central screen. We can see this MKX prototype still uses a version of MyLincoln Touch, though with Ford announcing that it will begin phasing out its MyFord Touch system for a new SYNC 3 touchscreen unit beginning next year, Lincoln may follow suit. Adding to a more premium feel inside, the automaker also announced the MKX would be the first to boast a Revel premium audio system as a result of a new partnership with the company. 2016 Lincoln MKX Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Lincoln MKX Prototype

Check out the nicer-looking MKX in the photos below before seeing it in Detroit next month.

Photo Source: KGP photography 2016 Lincoln MKX Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Lincoln MKX Prototype

2016 Lincoln MKX Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Lincoln MKX Prototype
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