Spy Photos: 2011 Lincoln MKX in Chicago

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As our readers know, we don’t publish many spy photos here at Cars.com, but when an automaker is brazen enough to drive a camouflaged test car past our headquarters in downtown Chicago — nay, past the very Dunkin’ Donuts we frequent daily — they’re just asking for trouble.

Hence, you have three Cars.com staffers snagging photos of this decked-out next-generation Lincoln MKX in downtown Chicago with their iPhones and Palm Pre — geeks, feel free to guess which is which.

We could tell it was a Lincoln because it’s sporting the same wheels as the new MKT crossover — though here they’re painted black for undercover work — and because there was a numeric keypad on the door. There’s only one company still using those, and it’s Ford. The new MKX is likely to inherit the new Lincoln grille found on the new MKS and MKT.

More images are below.  

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By David Thomas | August 4, 2009 | Comments (27)

Comments 

broq

Dave,
motortrend has pics of an MKX mule in LA- why are these all over the place like this, I thought the ford proving grounds were in and around Detroit? Is there anything significant about these areas, like a track or some extreme condition or something like that?

Broq


Broq,
I would say the potholes around the Cars.com offices are an extreme testing environment you can't recreate anywhere else.

Zing!

H

Certain levels of employees are given preproduction vehicles for validation testing in real-life driving scenarios. I wonder if some of the managers at Chicago Assembly have them and are driving around. How far is Oakville Assembly from Chicago?

H

KM and JW and MH maybe?

Adrian

Is that a 370 roadster in the foreground of the second photo?

broq

"I would say the potholes around the Cars.com offices are an extreme testing environment you can't recreate anywhere else."

LMAO - good one Dave T.


Broq

Eric

Adrian,

It was an early model 350Z roadster.

H,
it was actually ER, IM, and MR.

-Ian

H,
No it was our multimedia team and our photographer. and the best equipment they had were phones.

bg

I swear I have seen this vehicle twice out of camo just south of Toledo, OH. Both times, I was thrown off by how big the grill was...was it possibly something else?

steergear

Actually, there is one good reason to bring a vehicle to Chicago....Traffic. There is simply no stop and go traffic in Detroit (or not enough of it) to do powertrain calibration. All the basics are done in lab or proving ground, but sometimes for a last minute fix a drive to Chicago is just the ticket.

I saw that today when I was out for lunch, near Franklin & Washington in Chicago's Loop! Wasn't a quick enough draw with my iPhone to get any photos... glad somebody did.

J

Dave,
Are you serious when you talk about the potholes?
Last time I checked, Detroit has just as much potholes plus they are going bankrupt because of money stolen by Kilpatrick.

That's weird... When I parked my 500 there on Financial by the ELLE you never came out and took photos, lol

http://www.autoblog.it/galleria/la-500-di-jim-magill-negli-usa

Jay

I'm with Jim. Are yoou being biased to Ford because they didn't take any bailout money (LOL)...

broq

"Actually, there is one good reason to bring a vehicle to Chicago....Traffic." I guess that could explain why it was in LA too.

Broq

Dan

Jay -
"I'm with Jim. Are yoou being biased to Ford because they didn't take any bailout money (LOL)..."

Yeah, clearly he is, otherwise he would have commented on the low quality plastic exterior... :)

DL

i challenge that notion -- Boston has twice as many potholes.

We are not sure unless we are on the real time and situation.I didn't notice the number and knowing it's a trademark of a car company.

There maybe a big reason for this.I agree to some comment,they can be validated to test as for real driving situation,knowing how it will work if truly used by a driver who owns it.

Just wondering why the car has some black cover at the front?

It's noticeable when you see it on the road.I haven't personally saw the car but it reminds me of the soldier vehicles.

One way for us to prove if it's Ford is to see the car personally.Before we can judge on things might as well let's be fair to everyone here.

Just saw this one on the web."Ford introduced a thoroughly refreshed version of the Lincoln MKX at the Detroit auto show earlier this year." Is it the same car?

Just saw this one on the web."Ford introduced a thoroughly refreshed version of the Lincoln MKX at the Detroit auto show earlier this year." Is it the same car?

So much impressed with very new & fresh concept

may be they have many reasons. and BTW i am with jim.

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