Lincoln’s 2016 MKX gets high-tech Revel audio systems

Among the updates it gets as part of a major refresh, the 2016 Lincoln MKX gets new audio systems from Harman International’s Revel, as Lincoln becomes the latest car brand to boast of imbuing its cabins with the acoustic acuity of concert halls.

Lincoln will offer both a 13-speaker system and a 19-speaker Ultima system in the MKX. Ford’s luxury brand claims engineers adjust the tuning, calibration, and number of speakers for each individual model, so the MKX gets a setup that’s supposed to be ideally suited to its interior space.

As with Revel’s home-audio systems, the MKX systems feature tweeters and midrange speakers positioned next to each other in a “point-source architecture,” as well as Revel “Waveguides”– circular rims that optimize high-frequency dispersion, Lincoln says.

The MKX systems also feature Revel’s QuantumLogic Surround surround-sound system, which is supposed to provide a clearer multi-dimensional effect than comparable systems. It also includes three programmable modes — traditional stereo, Audience, and On Stage — that can be accessed using the car’s central touchscreen.

Both the Audience and On Stage modes were designed to provide the feeling of being in a concert hall or space. On Stage even arranges the sound of individual instruments and other settings to create the illusion that listeners are sitting in the middle of a sound stage.

One last piece of tech for the 19-speaker Ultima system is Revel’s Clari-Fi, which works in real time to “rebuild audio details often lost during the digital compression process,” according to Lincoln. Because fitting a record player for audio purists probably wasn’t an option.

The 2016 Lincoln MKX retains its Ford Edge underpinnings, but it gets new styling inside and out, plus new tech features like a 360-degree camera system and Auto Hold, which allows the car to crawl forward in traffic without any input from the driver.

There are two engine options. The standard engine is a 3.7-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s joined by an optional 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6, with 330 hp and 370 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission option, but buyers can choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.


In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…

Move mountains with the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty and its 1,000 pound-feet of torque

Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck boasts 1,000 pound-feet of torque -- outgunning rival trucks from Ford and Chevrolet. The new Ram goes on sale later this year.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is ready to strike with over 700 hp

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 revives one of the greatest names in American muscle cars, and gives Ford some ammunition in the horsepower war with Chevy and Dodge. Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the GT500 boasts over 700 hp.

2020 XT6 three-row crossover is a Cadillac for families

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 crossover launches General Motors' luxury brand into territory already dominated by the likes of Acura, Infiniti, and Lexus.

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.

Ford has a plan to future-proof the hot-selling F-150 pickup truck

Worried about the threat of rising gas prices, Ford will add the F-150 to its growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. It is currently developing a hybrid F-150, and it will release an electric version of the next-generation truck.

Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version

Lincoln will get its own version of parent Ford's first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle. While Ford's version will have styling inspired by the Mustang, Lincoln will take a more traditional approach.
Home Theater

Spotify adds simplified Car View mode for Android users

What was once just a test is now a reality: Spotify is rolling out a new, simplified in-car user interface for all Android users called Car View, which automatically engages when the app detects a car Bluetooth connection.

Boutique carmaker Karma Automotive, legendary design firm Pininfarina team up

Karma Automotive is partnering with legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina on future luxury cars. The first product of that partnership will appear later this year, Karma said, without offering other details.

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.

Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs

Tesla has announced plans to trim its workforce by seven percent, and it will end the referral program that rewards customers who help it sell cars. These measures are ways to cut costs and boost profits.

Worried about commuting in winter weather? Nissan has the answer

The Nissan Altima midsize sedan is now available with all-wheel drive. To advertise that fact, Nissan's Canadian division slapped some tank-like tracks on an Altima to create a one-off show car.
Emerging Tech

Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you

It might just be the best or worst idea that we've ever heard: A self-driving robot bartender you can summon with an app, which promises to mix you the perfect drink wherever you happen to be.