The new Lincoln MKC is Lincoln's first foray into the extremely popular compact luxury crossover space -- and it's a strong showing.
The Lincoln MKC shares its bones with a few other Ford products, including the C-Max, Focus, and most notably, the Escape. But beyond its underpinnings, the Lincoln MKC is distinctly Lincoln. The front grille calls to mind open wings, which culminate in HID headlights with LED running lights, while LED taillights highlight the back.
Two EcoBoost engines are available in the Lincoln MKC, and both are turbocharged and direct-injected with twin independent variable cam timing. The 2.0L produces 240 horsepower and 270 ft-lb of torque, while the 2.3L makes an impressive 285 horsepower and 305 ft-lb. Lincoln claims the 2.3 is the most powerful gasoline engine per cylinder in the segment. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed SelectShift automatic with push-button shifting. The 2.0L is available with either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powertrain, while the 2.3L pairs with all-wheel drive only.
Three well-appointed Lincoln MKC trims are offered: Premiere, Select and Reserve. Standard exterior features on the Lincoln MKC Premiere include 18-inch painted aluminum wheels and power heated mirrors with memory and a blindspot mirror. Inside, the Lincoln MKC Premiere impresses with heated front seats and a 10-way power driver's seat with memory, a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, power one-touch up/down on all windows, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 9-speaker audio system with single CD and MP3 playback and a tilt/telescopic multifunction leather steering wheel with cruise and audio controls. An 8-inch LCD touchscreen and SYNC with MyLincoln Touch also feature prominently, and remote start will help on especially cold mornings.
Lincoln MKC Select trim adds leather seating and a 10-way power passenger's seat, as well as ambient lighting, a universal garage door opener and turn indicators in power-folding side mirrors. The top-of-the-line Reserve trim brings with it heated and cooled front seats, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, a huge panoramic sunroof with power shade, navigation with voice recognition and a power hands-free tailgate. A blind-spot information system is also standard on the Reserve, along with an embedded modem that integrates with smartphones and provides for remote locking and unlocking, remotes start and more.
Active park assist, adaptive cruise control with collision warning, a forward sensing system, and a lane keeping system are all standalone options or can be bundled in the Technology Package, while a Class II tow package and 19- or 20-inch wheels are also available on the Lincoln MKC. Enhanced THX audio is another standalone option, as is navigation.
Safety is engineered into every Lincoln MKC, and standard safety features include AdvanceTrac roll stability control, traction control, a rearview camera, reverse-sensing system and an SOS post-crash alert system.
The Lincoln MKC is an all-new model for 2015. The small luxury crossover shares its platform with the Ford Escape but is distinctively Lincoln, with sharp lines, an aggressive split twin grille, 19-inch wheels and luxury appointments throughout. It features either a 240-horsepower EcoBoost 2.0L 4-cylinder or potent 2.3L EcoBoost four making 285 horsepower, with both mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Leather and wood inlays create a plush yet sensible cabin, while an assortment of buttons and dials create a rich tactile experience. The new Lincoln MKC is available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and starts at $33,995.