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2006 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/7/2006)
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The MKX will share its basic unibody platform — derived from that of the Mazda6 — with the Ford Edge crossover, and it will be powered by a new 250-hp, 3.5-liter aluminum V-6, paired only with a new six-speed automatic transmission. The engine has mechanical valve lifters and variable intake valve timing for top efficiency and performance. The engine and transmission were designed together, and the transmission uses a multiple-clutch system for better shift refinement. A road-oriented all-wheel-drive system actively transfers torque to the rear wheels as needed, and from side to side. Riding on a fully independent suspension, the MKX’s underpinnings use a hydro-isolated subframe in front and a four-link rear setup with control blades and outboard-mounted shocks.
Four-wheel disc brakes and anti-lock brakes are standard, as is the AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control system, an enhanced version of stability control with improved side-slip control. Six airbags are standard, including side-impact bags for front occupants and side-curtain bags, with the Safety Canopy system for side impacts and rollovers.