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Just three days before the start of the Detroit Auto Show, the first official images of the redesigned 2016 Lincoln MKX crossover have appeared on the Internet.

The photos were posted on Lincoln's Canadian website, presumably accidentally. Regardless of why they're there, we have them, and they reveal both the exterior and interior of the new MKX.

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On the outside, the 2016 MKX looks a bit like a fattened-up MKC, which is actually a good thing, because we think (or at least I think) the MKC is a handsome little car. Some of the styling cues also carry over from last year's MKX Concept, like the LED headlights, full-width taillights, and overall profile, among others.

The interior of the 2016 MKX appears to be a very nice place to be, with 22-way adjustable Bridge of Weir leather seats, Revel premium audio system (with 13 or 19 speakers), and open-pore wood accent trim. Unfortunately, the infotainment system looks to be a version of the current MyLincolnTouch, rather than Ford's new Sync 3 interface.

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The only technical detail that we can get from the new Lincoln MKX webpage is that Ford's twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine will be available. There's no mention of a power output rating, but "Lincoln Drive Control" does pop up, whatever that is. It sounds like a good thing, though.

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Stay tuned for additional details on the 2016 MKX and live images straight from the show floor in Motor City next week.

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