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2019 Lincoln MKC
  • Lincoln MKC
  • Year:
    2019
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    245 @ 5500
  • MPG(Cty):
    18
  • MPG(Hwy):
    26
  • Torque @ RPM:
    270 @ 3000
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
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Mild facelift keeps the crossover fresh

Introduced in 2014, the MKC is Lincoln’s smallest crossover yet. Built on the Ford Global C platform, it’s related to the Ford Escape and Kuga, and its purpose is to bring Lincoln a share of the booming SUV market. And with sales of over 20,000 units per year since 2015, it’s safe to say that the MKC was a successful nameplate until now. Much more so now, since it has introduced more people to the brand, with nearly half of all MKC customers coming from other carmakers. After three years on the market, the MKC is getting its mid-cycle facelift for the 2019 model year.

Although far from comprehensive, the update did introduce the small crossover to Lincoln’s new corporate front grille. First seen on the Continental and then added to the massive Navigator, the new one-piece grille is adds a more imposing look to the small SUV, as well as a more upscale look due to all the chrome. However, changes are far from significant beyond this design element, with mostly everything being carried over, save for new interior trim for the Black Label versions and a few extra driving aids. Will this mild upgrade be enough to keep sales high? Let’s find out.

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While crossovers have been a thing for more than a decades now, the crossover coupe niche isn’t as big, despite BMW having started the trend with the X6 back in 2007. But more and more automakers are joining the market and Lincoln is now the latest manufacturer that wants a piece of the action.

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2019 Lincoln MKC

2019 Lincoln MKC

Mild facelift keeps the crossover fresh

Introduced in 2014, the MKC is Lincoln’s smallest crossover yet. Built on the Ford Global C platform, it’s related to the Ford Escape and Kuga, and its purpose is to bring Lincoln a share of the booming SUV market. And with sales of over 20,000 units per year since 2015, it’s safe to say that the MKC was a successful nameplate until now. Much more so now, since it has introduced more people to the brand, with nearly half of all MKC customers coming from other carmakers. After three years on the market, the MKC is getting its mid-cycle facelift for the 2019 model year.

Although far from comprehensive, the update did introduce the small crossover to Lincoln’s new corporate front grille. First seen on the Continental and then added to the massive Navigator, the new one-piece grille is adds a more imposing look to the small SUV, as well as a more upscale look due to all the chrome. However, changes are far from significant beyond this design element, with mostly everything being carried over, save for new interior trim for the Black Label versions and a few extra driving aids. Will this mild upgrade be enough to keep sales high? Let’s find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lincoln MKC.

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2016 Lincoln MKC – Driven

2016 Lincoln MKC – Driven

Matthew McConaughey’s crossover of choice

Lincoln continues to fight its way back from the dead as Ford continues pouring money into its luxury brand. Its relatively new vehicle lineup is certainly helping thanks to an increased appeal to a wider, more discerning audience. One of Lincoln’s front-runners is the MKC crossover – a high-class version of the Ford Escape fitted with its own styling and unique interior. The Ford elements shine through where it counts, like the surprisingly robust 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

I recently spent a week with a 2016 Lincoln MKC Reserve, the next most expensive trim grade below the swanky Black Label trim. Its long list of standard equipment and well-appointed interior solidifies Lincoln has some great ingredients in this crossover cake. A quick scan of the Monroney sticker confirms that. Items like HID headlights and LED taillights, dual exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels give the MKC a class appearance while plushy leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the SNYC3 infotainment system, and metallic trim make the interior a welcoming place to ride.

Then there’s the optional 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Minus a few changes, this EcoBoost can also be found in the Ford Mustang. The turbocharged engine produces a respectable 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque in Lincoln spec, and sends power to all four wheels. Strong power and all-weather traction are trademarks of the luxury car market, but how well does the 2016 Lincoln MKC perform as a whole? Keep reading to find out.

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2015 - 2017 Lincoln MKC

2015 - 2017 Lincoln MKC

A modern crossover from an old-school brand

Reinventing yourself is never an easy thing to do, especially if you’re a 100-year-old car company trying to make ends meet in the new millennium. But that’s exactly what Lincoln has been doing since 2008, when the financial crises nearly put the brand on the sharper side of the chopping block. Now, Lincoln is back to making waves with a fresh lineup of luxury vehicles, hoping to shuck old associations with retirees and Wednesday night Bingo to draw in a “younger, more diverse customer.” One of the most critical models to that transformation is the MKC compact crossover, which competes against a huge diversity of rivals in the fastest-growing segment in the industry. That means it’s gotta stay fresh, and thus, Lincoln is blessing the model with new standard features and technology for the 2017 model year.

The MKC was first revealed in concept form at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, with the production model hitting dealerships a year later. Lincoln sold just over 13,000 units in 2014, plus nearly 25,000 units in 2015, making it the company’s third best-selling model at the moment. Lincoln says the MKC is “driving brand growth, particularly with women,” with female buyers contributing 59 percent of the brand’s year-over-year SUV growth last year.

Sounds like a success. But if you break it down, the MKC is essentially a more luxurious (not to mention more expensive) Ford Escape, and the small luxury SUV market is anything but merciful when it comes to weeding out the weak. Which begs the question – will the MKC have what it take to keep the ball rolling?

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2015 Lincoln MKC - Driven

2015 Lincoln MKC - Driven

Lincoln has been fighting an uphill battle for years now, trying to convince the car-buying public that its warmed-over Fords are worth the extra coin and are acceptable to drive for anyone under 55 years of age. Well, enter the MKC – Lincoln’s newest crossover and well-disguised cousin of the 2014 Ford Escape.

I recently had the chance to spend a week with the MKC. My tester came fully decked out in the Black Label trim and loaded to the hilt with just about every option available. The extras made for a comfy ride, but also an expensive one. At nearly $60,000, the Black Label MKC stretches into the stratosphere of luxury crossover pricing, but makes the MKC feel like more than just a crossover.

Fitted with the premium engine, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and the available AWD, the MKC packed 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. That might not be as much power as the 2015 Ford Mustang’s version of the EcoBoost, but it proved more than enough to motivate the 4,066-pound five-seater.

So let’s dive into the MKC and see how Lincoln’s new compact ‘ute competes with the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.

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10 Worst Cars of 2014

10 Worst Cars of 2014

While our 10 Best Cars of 2014 article was written to focus on the most newsworthy cars launched in the past year from a positive point of view, we figured that the circle could only be complete if we also take a look at some of the not-so-good vehicles that became part of our world in 2014. Obviously, the presence of some cars on the following list will probably anger a good amount of keyboard warriors and/or diehard fans out there, but that usually goes with the territory and you can’t please every reader every time.

As most of you know, no matter how much soul and poetry a carmaker exudes for some people, the automotive industry is just that, an industry. Industries, like every other business, are here to make money, because otherwise they would simply cease to exist sooner or later. Since marketing is a pretty big part of almost every business’ success, a lot of carmakers rely on intangible details such as brand or model image to sell their products, especially when talking about niche cars.

That is exactly where a lot of them go wrong sometimes, when newly-introduced cars don’t necessarily tick all the right boxes, or at least the minimum required in their brand DNA. From some points of view, this results in a bad car, while from others it simply means that one or more entities that helped to develop said car didn’t do a very good job at some point. Either way, the following list is in no way a professionally-made or objective one and each of the cars on it may very well become a best-seller and a huge success in the future.

With that being said, click past the jump to read more about the 10 Worst Cars Of 2014.

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2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label

2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label

The MKC is the newest vehicle to come from Lincoln and the brand’s first compact crossover. Launched at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the MKC shares the same platform with the Ford Escape and uses many of the styling cues introduced with the second-generation MKZ sedan. Two engines were introduced at launch, both using EcoBoost technology and shared with other Ford products. A 2.0-liter, four-pot generates 240 ponies, while the 2.3-liter also found in the 2015 Mustang delivers 275 horsepower. Both units mate to a six-speed automatic and available all-wheel-drive. As we move onto a new model year, the 2015 MKC has become one of the first two Lincoln models to receive the company’s Black Label treatment.

Created to offer a new level of luxury for Lincoln products, the Black Label package brings high-grade leathers and refined materials to the crossover’s interior, as well as an exclusive color palette and wheel designs for the exterior. Additionally, it comes with a new dealer network trained to provide personalized service "for an enhanced shopping and service experience." Could Lincoln finally live up to its potential as a luxury brand? Read on to find out more about that.

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2014 Lincoln MKC Black Label Concept

2014 Lincoln MKC Black Label 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

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2014 Lincoln MKC

2014 Lincoln MKC

The Lincoln MKC is a compact crossover that was launched at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto show and went on sale in June of 2014. Considering Lincoln is essentially Ford’s premium brand, it should be no surprise that the MKC shares a platform with the Ford Escape and features styling cues that were derived from the second-gen Lincoln MKZ sedan. On the outside, it has powerful body lines that give it a sporty and elegant look, full-width taillights, signature split-wing grille, and a fixed panoramic roof that runs the entire length of the vehicle. Inside, you’ll find comfortable leather, a simple center stack, architectural center console, and lots of chrome trim outlining elements of the dash, door panels, and seats. At the time of its debut, the MKC offered a 2.0-liter, Ecoboost, Four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque as standard equipment, with a 2.3-liter with 285 horsepower and 205 pound-feet available as an option.

As Lincoln’s newest entry-level crossover, the MKC is a pretty strong proposition to compete against models like the Buick Encore and the BMW X1. It’s sleek, stylish and it had the latest Lincoln design language at the time. Despite being nothing more than a Ford Escape with a different face, the MKC performed relatively well for what it is, selling 13,077 models between the time it launched and the end of 2014. With that said, click past the jump to learn more about the 2014 Lincoln MKC.

Updated 01/13/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the new Lincoln MKC Concept.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 Lincoln MKC

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.

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