2015 Lincoln MKC at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Competes with: Audi Q5, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Looks like: An almost exact copy of the Detroit auto show's MKC concept
Drivetrain: Standard 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or an optional 275-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

Ford's premium brand is entering the luxury compact crossover fray with the 2015 Lincoln MKC. The concept version debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the production version will meet the public at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Exterior
The MKC slots below the MKX in size, and Lincoln stayed true to the concept car in styling the production version. The MKC retains the concept's prominent winged grille, sculpted body, menacing LED-accented headlamps and full-width LED taillamps with wrap-around liftgate.

Interior
Inside, a panoramic sunroof, leather seats with French stitching and real wood trim give the cabin an airy, upscale look. An 8-inch touch-screen that uses Ford's Sync with MyLincoln Touch is front and center. Unlike many vehicles that use Ford's troubled multimedia system, the MKC's panel also features buttons and knobs for controlling audio and climate functions — a welcome site.

Connectivity is a highlight. With the MyLincoln Mobile app, drivers can start, lock, unlock and locate their MKC. They also can use the app to call roadside assistance and check the vehicle's fuel level, tire pressure and battery charge.

Under the Hood
Although the MKC shares a platform with the Ford Escape compact crossover, one of its powertrains is new. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Lincoln says it's good for 275 horsepower; fuel-economy figures are not yet out. The standard engine, however, is the Escape's turbocharged 2.0-liter; it makes 240 hp in this application. Lincoln hasn't confirmed the MKC's transmission, but we expect it to use the Escape's six-speed automatic. One item carried over from the concept version is the push-button shifter instead of an actual mechanical shifter.

Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is an option and includes a new Continuously Controlled Damping system. Drivers can select from Sport, Comfort and normal drive modes, and Lincoln says CCD continually monitors the road and adjusts the suspension according to the mode selected. 

Safety Features
The MKC is loaded with safety options, including a blind spot warning system, collision warning with brake support, lane keeping system, cross-traffic alert and the class-exclusive park-out assist system. Rather than help guide the vehicle into parallel parking spots, the latter system helps steer the car out of a tight parking spot. 

Pricing has not yet been announced, but the 2015 Lincoln MKC goes on sale in summer 2014. The brand plans to introduce four new luxury vehicles by 2016, and the MKC is the second in that list behind the 2013 MKZ sedan.

Lincoln says the MKC "represents a critical milestone in the company's plan to expand its lineup," and the brand could really use a hit; so far Lincoln sales are down 3 percent this year overall, with sales of the MKS sedan down 11 percent and the MKX crossover, 4.7 percent.

2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC

Comments 

Elliott

Well, it looks nothing like an Escape and it appears they added buttons.

Abe

The pictures are absolutely beautiful. I think the entire package from appearance to material quality to performance are all top notch. Now with physical buttons for MyTouch I believe Ford has fixed its one remaining criticism. I would buy this anyday over an Audi or BMW. This is a great overall package.

lillyman01

Would you buy the Range Rover Evoque or this Lincoln, just sheet metal change to fit each other brands, its the same vehicle

J

On one hand, they said they want to be serious about Lincoln. On the other hand, they put out this rebadged Escape...
The whole lineup of Lincoln is just spiced up and rebadged Fords...

If they really want to get any new conquered sales, they should look at what Caddy is doing...
All the cars are unique except the XTS (Impala).

Max Reid

Good 1, release more such models to make Lincoln a bigger brand.

The Compact CUV is the fastest growing segment that is also very big.

Please ensure that this is a Flex fuel vehicle as well.

1989rs500

I think the MKC is a great vehicle but it hasnt done enough to rival Germans, the trouble is the transmission, its no way near as quick as BMWs or Audis or Mercs best it can match rage rovers ZFs,
Other thing is quality of the gear switches like P,R,N,D looks cheap
Another thing is absence of v6 the 3.7l v6 would have given it a real aural pleasure of drive
Another thing is Lincoln CCD, they still are not as ood as Germans dynamic drive controls
The final and biggest mistake, No front wheel drive luxury car can match a rear wheel drive or AWD system of Germans, Fords AWD is basically FWD with power going to slipping wheels at time of lack of grip unlike true AWD systems used by Audi,Merc,etc
Want a luxury crossover be sure to check whether its RWD or true AWD, FWD sucks

ej

Maybe it's just me but the so-called "winged grille" sure looks very Pontiac, doesn't it?

Abe

I love how this vehicle looks and I would easily buy it. Am actually looking forward to the redesign of the MKX which is the size I'm looking for.

dont like big brother

lincoln is a sinking ship and this mkc is one nice low priced vehicle some of its critics that compare it to the ford escape must think the cherokee is beautiful but i think lincoln sat on their hands too long this vehicle the mkc should have been a release at the 2013 la auto show

Infosaur

I don't really understand this "Compact SUV market" at all. All the weight of an SUV and the dimensions of a compact car. And at a luxury price!

Would have made a nice Mercury I suppose. But unless something in the telematics is really impressive (I'm a bit of a tech neanderthal anyway) I don't get what so "luxury" about this ride. I guess Lincoln is coming "down" to Mercury levels.

I personally think the MKC is the exact direction that Lincoln needs to move it. From what I understand there is very little crossover from the Escape parts bin. I have been enamoured with the new MKZ, and I am eagerly awaiting my chance to test drive the newest lincoln.
The addition of the 2.3L Ecoboost is a welcome one, and I can't wait to see the engine in other vehicles.

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