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.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lincoln MKC.
The question of where to take Lincoln ’s styling was top-of-mind for Ford during the mid 1950s, and the net it cast was to both the internal styling teams and one special dream car creator of Italy.
Turbulent times for all the Blue Oval brands followed the market flop of their Edsel series, and Chevrolet was lighting up newsprint and auto shows with their swanky Motorama events and the original Corvette concept of 1953.
The desire for miraculous styling direction and stunning concept cars led to all the non-GM American car brands to pair off with Italian styling houses. During this flurry of deals, Ghia signed up with Chrysler , Bertone for Packard and Carrozerria Touring with Hudson.
Lincoln went with a less-renowned name of Felice Paolo to dress a rolling chassis with bespoke coupe bodywork ahead of the Turin motor show. The orange lacquer paint was barely dry on the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Carrozzeria Boano Torino when it was rolled onto the rotating platform of the Turin auto show.
This stunning concept car is headed for the glitz and flash bulbs again this November with RM Auctions, where the car’s previous million-dollar pricing is expected to climb in value yet again.
Click past the jump for all the unusual and one-off style of the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept.
With Lincoln’s MKZ Black Label trim getting a lot of the publicity leading up to their public debuts at Pebble Beach, it’s important to remember that another one of the company’s models is getting the Black Label treatment.
In addition to the three MKZs that were given Black Label executions, the MKC also received some luxury interior lovin’, highlighting the lengths Lincoln will go to provide its resident SUV an expressive form of luxury that can set it apart from the rest of the competition.
It’s not surprising that Lincoln would go this route. After all, it’s been widely established that the brand has a certain taste for luxury that is only emboldened and emphasized by the unveiling of the Black Label trim for the MKC.
But the best part of this announcement is the equally important news that the Black Label interior trim won’t be limited to just being showpiece exhibits at Pebble Beach. Lincoln has every intention to release them out to the market, possibly as early as late next year.
That news, on its own, is enough for us to give these interior upgrades, including the one on the MKC Black Label some serious air time.
Click past the jump to read about what makes up the Lincoln MKC Black Label Concept
Once again, the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is flexing its automotive muscles, as Lincoln is set to unveil a new exclusive line for its entry-level MKZ at the show. Dubbed the Black Label line, this collection of interior and exterior dress-up packages add some extra style, class and exclusivity to the MKZ line, taking it up a notch in the luxury-car realm.
The Black Label line will eventually make its way across the entire Lincoln lineup, but for now where better to start than with its most desired model? The Lincoln MKZ Black Label comes in three different styles: Center Stage, Indulgence and Modern Heritage. Each of the three styles are distinctly different in look and feel, and really offer a custom look to the MKZ that few other lower-level luxury car manufacturers offer.
According to Lincoln, there were more than 12 different design concepts that Lincoln Design took under consideration and these three rose to the top and made the cut. So, can this Black Label line add the premium features that the MKZ so sorely needs to catapult it above the likes of Acura TL and Lexus ES 350 ?
Click past the jump to read about each of the three designs and how they change the MKZ
With apologies to all weird Super Bowl commercials in the past, Lincoln’s new ad for the big game may have put all else to shame.
First of all, the ad was done in collaboration with Jimmy Fallon, who doesn’t appear on the commercial. From what we’ve been told, people sent tweets to Fallon, who, in turn, wrote a script based on the tweets by the fans. Not exactly the easiest thing to do, even for a world-class comedian like Fallon.
So with the script in hand, Lincoln prepared an MKZ commercial that borders on weird. To be honest, we don’t know what to make of it other than the cameos of some celebrities, including Wil Wheaton, hip hop artist Rev Run, and even retired-NFL-star Emmitt Smith.
Other than that, the whole thing is just a convoluted mash-up that doesn’t do the MKZ any justice. It feels a little too far into twitter world than we would have want to see the new self proclaimed super luxury brand from the Ford group. Let’s hope this isn’t the ad that the "Phoenix" teaser spot was alluding to.
Give credit to the folks from Lincoln , or at least the higher ups over at Ford, for deciding it’s a worthy investment to place an ad for the Super Bowl. Only a handful of automakers that are expected to show commercials during the big game and Lincoln has decided that a little teaser was in order for their new luxury sedan, the 2013 MKZ .
The teaser ad isn’t all that long, but in the 17 seconds that it runs, it definitely shows a lot of what Lincoln has had to go through to be in the position that they’re in now. The “phoenix” reference definitely alludes to a rebirth for the American automaker – something that has been long overdue.
We’re definitely excited to see what the whole ad is going to show, as the teaser looks pretty sweet as is. Hopefully, Lincoln releases it even before the Super Bowl.
Car collector Rick Champagne has every right pop open a bottle of his last name after becoming only the second owner of one of Hollywood’s most iconic cars. He had to sweat out a feverish bidding war for the George Barris’ original 1966 Batmobile , the same one used in the Adam West Batman TV series. In the end, however, his checkbook did all the talking to the tune of $4.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The winning bid price might seem steep, but given the kind of car the ’66 Batmobile is, we presume that it was worth every last penny from Champagne’s bank account.
With the classic movie car now belonging to him, Champagne only becomes the second owner of the Batmobile after Barris, the same man who famously built the Batmobile in only 15 days in time for it to be used in the Batman TV series. On top of the car itself, Champagne also went home with number of memorabilia and documentation from Barris’ own personal collection.
Rumors about a possible smaller Lincoln crossover have been circulating for quite some time now, and now it has been confirmed that Lincoln will unveil a concept version at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The model will be called MKC and will be based on the same platform as the Ford Escape .
This will be just one of the four new models Lincoln plans to launch between now and 2014 – the other models include a new MKZ , a new version of the larger MKS and the replacement for the Navigator SUV. The new MKC is built with Lincoln’s new design language and is for those customers "who are open to new ideas and experiences."
Just a few days ago we reported that Lincoln is preparing to add a new baby crossover to its lineup and today we have created a rendering that will help give you an idea of how the 2014 MKC will look.
As you can see, we have based our rendering on the previous rumors that suggested the MKC will be based on the Ford Escape platform and will feature design elements seen in the recently launched MKZ , including the new horizontal grille that makes the MKC looking pretty aggressive.
Under the hood, Lincoln will place several different powertrain options, almost certainly including the Ford 2.0-liter and a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost. These engines will transform the MKC into a real competitor for models like BMW X1 .
Lincoln will unveil the first concept version in just a few days at the Detroit Auto Show, so we’ll find out pretty soon how close we were with our rendering.
We have heard all kind of crazy stuff in the past few months, but this one is by far one of the craziest. It’s no secret that Lincoln is working to bring its fame back, but could the company indeed be planning a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe based on the Ford Mustang platform?
Apparently yes, at least according to FordInsideNews, who reports that Lincoln is preparing such a model as a "last chance" effort for the company. The model will be initially announced in late 2015 and it will be a 2016 or 2017 model year.
If the rumors are true, the model will feature a slightly larger wheelbase when compared to the Mustang and will be offered with a 2.9-liter EcoBoost V6 engine — a member of the company’s Nano engine family.
This new model is currently being developed only as a coupe, but rumors suggest that Lincoln is also considering a rear-wheel drive flagship sedan also based on the next-generation Mustang platform too.
No one is sure what name this coupe will carry, but a Mark Series name seems to be the right one.
We’ll keep an eye on this one, as Lincoln is inching closer to the do-or-die phase of its lifespan.