The MKX has electric power-assisted steering and is the first Lincoln to offer adaptive steering.

Available active-safety technologies include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alert, a hands-free power liftgate and a 360-degree camera system handy for low-speed parking maneuvers.

With its split-wing grille, full LED headlamps and sleek silhouette, the new MKX is stately and distinguished. Inside, 22-way adjustable front seats offer “active motion” massaging of upper legs and the lower back through six adjustable air bladders in the cushion and five in the lower seat back.

An embedded modem enables connectivity for passengers, and the available MyLincoln Mobile app, accessible via a smartphone, lets owners start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle, as well as schedule a remote start.

Lincoln plays up the available audio system from Revel, the premium loudspeaker brand from Harman often used in high-end home theater and audio systems.

The Revel Ultima system, with 19 speakers and QuantumLogic Surround Sound, is standard on Lincoln Black Label editions and available on Reserve models. Tweeter and midrange speakers are positioned closely together for superior audio quality.

Lincoln opted for Revel as the premium audio supplier for the MKX while vehicles already in the market, such as the MKZ, MKC and Navigator, continue offering THX audio.

Lincoln engineers say the Revel system delivers sound that is 10 times more consistent than that of THX, without being 10 times more expensive.

tmurphy@wardsauto.com