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2015 Lincoln MKC


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After unveiling the concept version at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled today the first official details on the 2015 MKC , which is set to roll into showrooms in the summer of 2014.

As you can see, the production model retains nearly all of the design elements from the concept version, except for the conventional door handles, the less aggressive exhaust system and some changes on the taillight graphics. Overall, however, the production model remains pretty true to the concept the preceded it.

As the concept revealed, the 2015 MKC will adopt a new design language inspired by the 2013 MKZ , like the signature split-wing grille and the wraparound liftgate. What’s really cool about the new MKC is that it is the first premium crossover to offer a 2.3-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, alongside the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost.

Updated 12/16/2013: Lincoln announced today prices for the 2015 MKC crossover that goes on sale early next year in three trim levels. Prices will start from $33,995. Click past the jump for the full details on the prices.

Updated 01/21/2014: Lincoln put online a configurator for those of you interested in creating the MKC of your dreams. So, go online, play a little bit with the colors and the interior options and you will make an idea on how to customize the MKC.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lincoln MKC.

Exterior

Lincoln MKC
Lincoln MKC
Lincoln MKC

The 2015 MKC offers the new Lincoln design language we saw for the first time on the 2013 MKZ. This new language includes the company’s signature split-wing grille; a uniquely crafted, hands-free wraparound liftgate; and a sleek and sculpted body that is far from a cookie-cutter design — maybe a little too unique for some buyers.

When looks from the side, the 2015 MKC features a sturdy and athletic presence, but it also displays the sort of elegance expected from a Lincoln. Standard features include some high-end elements, like soft exterior lighting and pedestal side-view mirrors. If you need a little extra sunshine in your life, you can opt for the available all-glass, panoramic Vista Roof.

Overall, the MKC is certainly the best example of Lincoln’s new design language, or maybe we are just finally getting used to it. One way or another, we are not nearly as appalled by this model as we were when the other new-generation MK models rolled out.

Interior

Lincoln MKC
Lincoln MKC
Lincoln MKC

A luxurious interior highlights the sporty exterior well. Standard interior features on the all-new MKC include plush leather with French stitching, letting you know that this new SUV is putting BMW and Mercedes on notice. Optionally, buyers can add in even higher-end Bridge of Weir leather and real-wood trim.

The MKC is the debut platform for an all-new steering wheel design that Lincoln will feature on all of its future models. The new wheel is wrapped up in leather, and it provides a soft feel, plus plenty of controls for various features on the car. For the first time on a Lincoln mode, the MKC comes with an enhanced THX-II Certified Audio System that is sure to make you feel like you are sitting right in the recording studio.

The MKC also comes standard with MyLincoln Touch that allows you to control the MKC’s features through voice-activated commands or simple touch controls on the class-leading eight-inch touchscreen.

The interior is rather plush and chock-full of top-line features, but it is not at all flawless. One huge eyesore is the center stack, which looks like a huge plain of buttons with little to no uniqueness.

Safety

Lincoln MKC

The MKC also features a wide array of safety items. The MKC’s available collision warning with brake support alerts the driver of a potential front-end collision, then activates the brakes if you do not stop the vehicle yourself. The available Lane Keeping System helps keep you traveling in your lane, through rearview mirror-mounted cameras, while dashboard-mounted cameras monitor you alertness and gets your attention through a chime and message.

For those of you who aren’t the greatest parkers, the MKC features active park assist to help pull it into a parallel space and park-out to help you get out of those tight spaces.

Lastly, the available blind-spot assist monitors your blind spots and crossing rear traffic, and alerts you of any cars in these areas when you are about to change lanes, turn or back up.

Lincoln did not clarify which of these features, if any, are standard equipment.

Drivetrain

Lincoln MKC

The 2015 Lincoln MKC comes standard with a 2.0-liter, EcoBoost engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm.

For the first time ever, Lincoln is also offering up a 2.3-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that, according to first details, offers best-in-class performance — even when put head-to-head against V-6 engines. This peppy four-pot puts out 275 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 300 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. On models equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, Lincoln adds in grille shutters to help make the MKC a little more aerodynamic, leading to increased fuel economy.

Unfortunately, Lincoln did not offer up any details on the transmission, except that it has a push-button interface, but we assume it will have at least a six-speed automatic as standard. Lincoln did reveal that the 2015 MKC comes standard with front-wheel drive, but Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is an available option.

Suspension and Brakes

Lincoln MKC

Front-wheel-drive MKC models come standard with 18-inch wheels, while the all-wheel-drive models get 19-inch wheels. The AWD models also feature a Continuously Controlled Damping system with three driving modes: Sport, Comfort and Normal. This CCD system constantly monitors the road and allows the suspension to react to changing road conditions average within 20 milliseconds.

Prices

The 2015 Lincoln MKC will hit showrooms in the summer of 2014.

Model Price
2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere$33,995
2015 Lincoln MKC Select$37,225
2015 Lincoln MKC Reserve$40,930
Package name MSRP Features
Select Plus (available only with Select)$1,100Voice Activated Navigation

BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert

Technology (available only with Reserve)$2,235Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
Active park assist
Lane-keeping system
Front sensing system
Climate (available on Select and Reserve)$580Heated rear seat
Heated steering wheel
Auto high-beam headlamps
Rain-sensing wipers
Feature MSRP
2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine$1,140
All-wheel drive with continuously controlled damping (CCD) suspension$2,495
Enhanced THX® II Certified Audio System$995
19-inch premium painted wheels$395
20-inch premium painted wheels$995
CCD suspension (optional on FWD only, standard on AWD)$650

Competition

Audi Q3

Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 will makes its debut in the U.S. in the 2014 model year. Though Audi has yet to reveal the specifics of the upcoming model, we assume it will at least arrive with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts down 211 horsepower. The Q3 will also feature 48 cubic feet of cargo room and a fully loaded cabin.

We anticipate the Q3 rolling in at around $32,000.

BMW X1

BMW X1

On the U.S. market, the X1 comes standard with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower. The range-topping engine is a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder with an output of 300 horsepower. This output makes it a worth competitor for the MKC, but we think the MKC looks a lot more modern the X1, which may give it an advantage with younger buyers.

The X1 is priced from $30,900.

Conclusion

Lincoln MKC

With the new MKC, Lincoln is entering the market of the small and luxurious crossovers, which is still a developing niche. The fact that it offers a great look and a powerful four-cylinder engine could be the perfect recipe for Lincoln to catch some attention from the buyers that were interested only on the German models. Plus this could be the model that really puts Lincoln back on the map.

LOVE IT
  • That new Lincoln look is starting to grow on us
  • Two powerful four-cylinder engines
  • Luxurious interior
LEAVE IT
  • That center stack is really, really ugly
  • The market has really dried up for Lincoln, which makes it an uphill battle for the MKC

Press Release

Lincoln MKC

The Lincoln Motor Company’s reinvention takes a major step forward today with the unveiling of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility vehicle.

The Lincoln MKC is a unique creation from the ground up with an assortment of first-in-class features. Its all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine offers excellent performance while its ingeniously implemented wraparound liftgate is an example of masterful customer convenience.

The luxurious interior embraces driver and passengers alike, and its new and innovative technology personalizes the MKC ownership experience. Lincoln MKC follows the MKZ sedan to become the second all-new Lincoln in as many years as the brand continues its reinvention.

“Lincoln MKC is a perfect blend of inspired automotive design and dynamic driving performance in a segment that has grown in popularity in recent years,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln. “As a challenger luxury brand, entering this segment is a natural next step for us. MKC will do more than just compete – it will change the way people think about Lincoln.”

Building the right vehicle at the right time

Lincoln MKC

Lincoln MKC – first introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit – represents a critical milestone in the company’s plan to expand its lineup.

Arriving on the heels of the all-new and successful 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan, MKC becomes the second new vehicle in the brand’s plans to introduce four new luxury vehicles by 2016.

MKC gives Lincoln a compelling offering in the small premium utility vehicle segment, the fastest-growing part of the luxury market. The segment has grown by 25 percent since 2012 and by more than 200 percent since 2009. The segment growth is being driven by new luxury buyers who are coming into affluence, as well as by current luxury owners who are moving from larger vehicles to smaller ones as their life desires change.

With MKC, Lincoln continues its move toward targeting a younger, more diverse customer. The vehicle also positions Lincoln to resonate with drivers in desirable markets on the East and West coasts.

Designed to inspire inside and out

The Lincoln design team faced the dual challenge of creating a standout vehicle in a competitive field, while further refining the Lincoln design DNA that started with the 2013 MKZ. From its signature split-wing grille to its uniquely crafted, hands-free wraparound liftgate, the Lincoln DNA is evident.

Lincoln MKC

“Our design team worked tirelessly to create a vehicle that attracts new customers to the brand while meeting the expectations of longtime Lincoln drivers,” said Max Wolff, director, Lincoln Design. “The execution of the new liftgate is a prime example of how a premium design element can create a better customer experience.”

MKC presents a sleek, sculpted body that helps it stand out among peers. Its high beltline and low shoulders create a sturdy, athletic presence, while features such as soft exterior lighting, pedestal side-view mirrors and an available panoramic, all-glass Vista Roof® give the vehicle a luxurious, sophisticated personality.

The unique design also carries through to the interior, where craftsmanship and high-tech combine to offer a warm, luxurious environment. An architecturally unique instrument panel showcases Lincoln’s signature push-button gear shifter, which provides an open, inviting interior space. Plush leathers with French stitching, and available Bridge of Weir leather and real wood trim accentuate MKC’s elegance and grace.

Lincoln MKC

“We gave attention to every detail to convey a stylish, fashion-oriented vehicle,” said Soo Kang, Lincoln interior design chief. “Our use of colors, materials, stitching – every detail was considered to create an overall luxurious experience.”

To be more consistent with the Lincoln driving experience, an all-new Lincoln steering wheel debuts on MKC and will be available on all future Lincoln vehicles. This highly tactile leather-wrapped wheel provides better feeling and control and puts the brand’s new design DNA in the driver’s hands.

The enhanced THX® II Certified Audio System, an industry-first featuring THX-distributed bass technology and 14 right-, center- and left-slot speaker assemblies, is available. The state-of-the-art audio system delivers a rich, immersive surround sound experience that reproduces music as it was mixed in the studio.

SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ enables drivers to personalize MKC by using voice-activated commands or simple touch controls on the class-exclusive 8-inch touch screen. Knobs and buttons on the center console provide additional and easy access to control the air conditioning and sound system.

Lincoln luxury meets dynamic performance

When equipped with the all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, MKC offers a projected 275 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm, according to preliminary test data. Class-exclusive Active Grille Shutters are designed to help improve MKC fuel efficiency at highway speeds.

Lincoln MKC

MKC comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbocharged engine, projected to produce 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm, according to preliminary test data. This makes Lincoln MKC an all-EcoBoost vehicle.

MKC comes standard with front-wheel drive and 18-inch wheels. Drivers can upgrade to Lincoln’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and 19-inch wheels for enhanced cornering and handling and an even sportier look.

The Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system also includes Continuously Controlled Damping. Drivers can use Lincoln Drive Control to select from sport, comfort and normal drive modes to cater to their driving mood. CCD constantly monitors the road; the suspension reacts on average within 20 milliseconds, providing a smooth ride with enhanced handling.

CCD also is available in the standard front-wheel drive configuration of MKC.

“The width of MKC’s track has been set to allow the designers the freedom to create a planted stance for the vehicle, and it provided engineers the opportunity to minimize body roll and give the vehicle a more sporty feel,” said Lisa Drake, MKC chief engineer.

Technology provides protection, confidence

Lincoln MKC

MKC offers advanced technology such as collision warning with brake support, a Lane-Keeping System and driver assist to help drivers avoid common accidents. The collision warning system is designed to alert the driver if it detects a potential front-end crash. The system issues an audible alert in the cabin, a visual alert on the windshield and automatic brake assist sensitivity.

MKC introduces available park-out assist technology, a class-exclusive feature that enhances the vehicle’s active park assist capabilities. Where active park assist helps guide drivers into tight parallel parking situations, park-out assist steers drivers out of tight parking spots.

The vehicle’s Lane-Keeping System uses rearview mirror-mounted cameras to identify lane markers and help drivers avoid unintentionally straying from their lane. Dashboard-mounted cameras monitor driver alertness. If the system detects a driver’s alertness level dropping below a given threshold, a warning is issued via a chime and a pop-up message appears on the left-hand cluster screen.

MKC also offers a Blind Spot Information System, which continuously monitors the vehicle’s blind spots with radar sensors, and class-exclusive cross-traffic alert, which detects traffic as the vehicle backs from a parking space.

Lincoln MKC

Driver confidence and safety is furthered by the inclusion of seven standard airbags, including a class-exclusive driver’s knee airbag. In preparing MKC for the road, the vehicle was subjected to 5,000 virtual and real-world crash tests and a variety of conditions.

Experience Lincoln’s uniquely warm reception

MKC will greet owners with exclusive Approach Detection, which senses when an owner is near and responds by illuminating “welcome mats” on the ground next to both front doors. Simultaneously, headlamps, taillamps and door handles glow with soft lighting tuned to complement the vehicle’s exterior color.

MKC will be the first Lincoln to have always-on built-in connectivity, allowing owners to utilize a smartphone app to control the vehicle. With the MyLincoln Mobile™ app, MKC owners can start, lock, unlock and locate the vehicle, as well as schedule a remote start event for a set time.

Drivers also can use the app to place a call for roadside assistance, monitor the vehicle’s fuel level, check tire pressure and battery status, and program engine start times to allow the vehicle to heat or cool to comfortable levels.

Lincoln MKC production is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2014 at Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Ky. Vehicles are due in showrooms next summer.



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