The MKX forum that seems most lively is:
Lincoln MKX Forum - Lincoln MKX Owners
The only "late availability" items for the 2016 MKX are the cheeze slicer 21" wheels and the active steering. The LED headlights will be the adaptive, narrow beam at higher speeds and widening during slower speeds, along with leveling and turning in corners.
And LOL, I keep around a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis that used to be my In-Laws... they bought it new. Its got about 130K miles on it... but run like a champ with the 4.6 V8. It would be a perfect car if it weren't for Indiana Snow and salted roads. The rust will ravage the undercarriage and render it dead well before the engine or other major components fail. The body is still rust fee, but I can see spots around the wheel wells were she is starting to blister. This has been my "go to car" for years... when I am near lease end, many times I am over my miles. So I just park it and drive the "Hoopty Wagon"
I am so anxious about the MKX, not the normal excitement about waiting for your new car, but more like anxiety that after this long wait, I will not "totally love it", again for the price difference.
I know when we were doing the Marathon test drive of all the competition, I was pretty close to thinking I wanted to order a new X3. Took my wife to see one and do a test drive... and that was it, No X3.... her very first comment as she looked at the dash, door panels, leather etc. was "For over $60K, I thought it would feel nicer". She was of course comparing it with the MKC. I tried to justify the performance made it worth it, but she was not on board. The X5 ramps up the luxury feel, but with the options I wanted... new it would sticker for $82-ish... I was looking at the xDrive 3.5d (diesel) on the X5, of course fully loaded. I liked the idea of 30+ MPG... but at the end of the day... its a lot of coin and I still don't get remote start, lane keep assist and an iPhone app. And long term, all the review sites claim cost of ownership over 5-6 years is going to potentially be much higher on the X5 vs. say a Lexus or Lincoln.
At the end of the day... right now I feel like this: Wait for the MKX, if its not "all that and a can of soup" I would probably wait a month or so for the new Lexus RX to appear. If it does not wow me, the backup plan would be to go 2016 MKC. I have been screwing with this all since early June, heck the car shopping thing started in October/November when I purchased the MKC.... I am really, really ready to be done for now looking for the perfect SUV and just enjoy the drive. That is why all these delays are so frustrating.
Thanks rayovac, please do keep us posted on what you decide. I was the one (like you) that spent 6 months test driving and researching options on EVERYTHING. Eventually came back and bought the MKC. Wished it had a 360 camera (like the Infiniti I was looking at) and was slightly bigger. Soon after buying the MKC I saw the MKX coming out and was bummed. I would have more than likely bought that if it were available(was not interested in 2015 MKX as its too much like the edge). I did plan to immediately upgrade as I loved it so much and was happy to not have to go on another car search again...
Right now my plans are on hold because of the issues I am having with my MKC unfortunately which apparently are unique. Lincoln's attitude is to blame my driving and roads and insist there is nothing wrong with my vehicle. I disagree as I have never had another vehicle "react" in such a way nor have any neighbors vehicles. I honestly do not know what happened with my vehicle but until I do I unfortunately cannot move forward with investing in another Lincoln no matter how much I like the car. I wonder like you is it worth that much more (50 vs 63K) The cars are not that different, the MKX is not incredibly larger. BUT the options you can get (and not in the MKC) might make the extra cost worth it but I'm not sure 13k more more it as you said. I would have to buy black label too (I'm big on my interiors and once you see the upgraded materials on the BL's you have to have....) so I would be looking at a $68K Msrp
Can you please tell me the MKX forum you are on so I can join? I would like to hear about any issues it may have as it too like the MKC wil be a first year production model. If you do end up getting it please let us all know your reviews and comparisons since you will have had an opportunity to own both. Also, I read that the adaptive headlights might not be available on early production models of the new MKX? Let us know if you have the headlights and what you think of those options not available to the present MKC owners.
Btw what are you driving while waiting for your new one to arrive? I hope Lincoln has supplied you with another vehicle to drive. Did Lincoln give you anything extra for your trouble and especially for your injury? I hope they took care of you beyond refunding your money for your defective MKC. You could have sued them big time.
You mention the new RX, I love they have a heads up display. One of the things the MKX should have. I see Mercedes has finally redesigned the boxy truck like GLK and renamed it the GLC. Its coming out this November and the inside looks beautiful. You might want to take a look at that too. I know I will be. Good luck with whatever car you decide on, hopefully it will be one of the lincolns and you will have a better experience than the first time. Keep us posted!