Lincoln Sweated the Small Stuff in the Interior of Its 2016 MKX
Ford seems to be reaching for an almost Lincoln-like level of interior luxury with its new Platinum trim level for the 2016 Explorer.
The 2016 MKX will actually wear a Lincoln star, though. So what has the Blue Oval’s luxury division done with that vehicle’s cabin to make it worthy of its badge?
Of course, the automaker has fitted the MKX with such high-end materials as available Bridge of Weir Deepsoft leather, which is softened for 16 hours. Higher-level MKXs can be ordered with a hand-sewn and -stitched Wollsdorf leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Lincoln’s also paid attention to the little things.
For instance, it’s hidden the gooseneck hinge arms that join the armrest, which opens in a clamshell fashion to reveal a storage tray and a main compartment, and its tray to the hinge itself.
It’s also made a 2.5-mm indentation on the inside of the joint between the A-pillar and the headliner to better align the two sections.
Other touches include more foam in the console’s side panels (which should feel softer if an occupant rests a leg against one of them), door armrests, and steering wheel and a reinforced dead-pedal area.
Lincoln states, “A study by the Luxury Institute and Epsilon finds that 74 percent of wealthy consumers believe that superior quality is the most important attribute of a luxury product, followed by superior craftsmanship.”
We’ll see if the 2016 Lincoln MKX has the quality and craftsmanship those buyers are looking for when the crossover goes on sale this summer.
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