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.

Exterior

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On the exterior, the new MKC concept boasts the latest Lincoln Design DNA, which was first unveiled on the MKZ sedan. The concept is defined by simple, yet powerful and aggressive design lines, which not only makes it look sporty and powerful, but also elegant and sleek.

The most impressive features of the concept are those full-width taillights that reveal a liftgate design with a side-view cutline – a Lincoln first. Other significant design elements are the frameless windows, the signature split-wing grille and, of course, the fixed panoramic roof that runs the length of the vehicle.

The new MKC Concept features a cream-based white metallic tri-coat exterior color and the SUV sits on a set of 20-inch premium wheels.

Interior

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The elegance of the exterior is combined with a high-end bespoke design, materials and execution. The MKC offers room for four passengers and will once again feature elements we have already seen in the MKZ.

These elements include a distinct push-button gear shift selector, and a flowing, expressive and architectural center console. The concept comes with unique colors and materials, like premium leather that has been used for the front and rear seats. A Lincoln Star logo has been placed on the seats and the floor mats as well.

The steering wheel, upper instrument panel and door panels are infused with a metallic flake, while the door trim uppers, armrests, bolsters, console side rails, instrument panel and cargo area have been wrapped in smooth leather.

Engine

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Lincoln hasn’t revealed any details on the powertrain, but we expect to learn that during the car’s official debut in Detroit.

Prices

The new Lincoln MKC will be put on sale in late 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Competition

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The production version of the Lincoln MKC concept, if it ever gets produced, will target models from the small luxury utility segment: Buick Encore and BMW X1. In the U.S. market, the 2013 Encore comes with a new Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 140 horsepower and a peak torque of 148 pound-feet, and we expect a similar output from a production version MKC. The BMW X1 is offered with a choice of three engines, with the most powerful one delivering up to 300 horsepower.

Exterior

2014 Lincoln MKC Exterior
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On the exterior, the new MKC concept boasts the latest Lincoln Design DNA, which was first unveiled on the MKZ sedan. The concept is defined by simple, yet powerful and aggressive design lines, which not only makes it look sporty and powerful, but also elegant and sleek.

The most impressive features of the concept are those full-width taillights that reveal a liftgate design with a side-view cutline – a Lincoln first. Other significant design elements are the frameless windows, the signature split-wing grille and, of course, the fixed panoramic roof that runs the length of the vehicle.

The new MKC Concept features a cream-based white metallic tri-coat exterior color and the SUV sits on a set of 20-inch premium wheels.

Interior

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The elegance of the exterior is combined with a high-end bespoke design, materials and execution. The MKC offers room for four passengers and will once again feature elements we have already seen in the MKZ.

These elements include a distinct push-button gear shift selector, and a flowing, expressive and architectural center console. The concept comes with unique colors and materials, like premium leather that has been used for the front and rear seats. A Lincoln Star logo has been placed on the seats and the floor mats as well.

The steering wheel, upper instrument panel and door panels are infused with a metallic flake, while the door trim uppers, armrests, bolsters, console side rails, instrument panel and cargo area have been wrapped in smooth leather.

Engine

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Lincoln hasn’t revealed any details on the powertrain, but we expect to learn that during the car’s official debut in Detroit.

Prices

The new Lincoln MKC will be put on sale in late 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Competition

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The production version of the Lincoln MKC concept, if it ever gets produced, will target models from the small luxury utility segment: Buick Encore and [https://www.topspeed.com/cars/bmw/2013-bmw-x1-ar124702.html]. In the U.S. market, the 2013 Encore comes with a new Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 140 horsepower and a peak torque of 148 pound-feet, and we expect a similar output from a production version MKC.

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The BMW X1 is offered with a choice of three engines, with the most powerful one delivering up to 300 horsepower.

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Press Release

Lincoln today introduces the MKC Concept, a vision of how Lincoln will enter the industry’s fastest-growing small luxury utility segment.

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With nearly 60 percent growth in 2012 and more than 200 percent in the last four years, the small luxury utility segment has far eclipsed all other luxury segments. The opportunity is a key next step in Lincoln’s strategy to grow with four all-new vehicles targeted at the highest-growth segments over the next four years.

“We are reinventing Lincoln by focusing on the largest and fastest-growing segments of the luxury market, while offering clients something different,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln. “The just-introduced MKZ re-establishes Lincoln in the largest luxury segment, and the MKC Concept highlights a key opportunity in the fastest-growing part of the luxury market.”

This segment growth is being driven at both ends of the demographic spectrum. Many new buyers are coming into affluence and purchasing their first luxury vehicle. Others are moving from larger vehicles to smaller ones to simplify their lives. This growth includes China, where Lincoln will begin selling in the second half of 2014 through independent dealers.

Creating ‘Lincoln Experiences’

Lincoln is being reinvented in every way – from a complete new lineup of stunningly designed vehicles to how dealerships provide surprising personal client services and how drivers engage with their vehicles. The goal is to appeal to a new type of luxury clients considered cultural progressives, who are open to new ideas and experiences.

In current and future vehicles, these “Lincoln Experiences” will include a variety of distinctive features, such as push-button transmission engagement, programmable ride control, unique and diverse powertrains, personalized lighting, and a suite of customizable functions that are unique for each client as the vehicle instantly recognizes the operator and creates a personalized welcoming sequence.

Future Lincolns also will combine these unique experiences with the option of stunning, bespoke interior and exterior design appointments that will transcend typical luxury automotive standards, furthering the brand’s transformation. The MKC Concept explores many of these transformative ideas.

Exterior design

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The MKC Concept builds on the foundation of the Lincoln Design DNA found in the new MKZ. These warm, open and inviting design cues are a core element of the brand’s heritage.
“The MKC Concept has a wonderful stance and sits beautifully on its wheels,” said Murat Gueler, MKC Concept lead exterior designer. “It has a sleek, sculpted body and wheel arches and elegant shoulders. The lines of the vehicle appear relatively simple on first look but with a second view reveal a dynamic three dimensionality.

“The Lincoln design team has done an outstanding job with the MKC Concept in communicating Lincoln’s design vision for reaching a new and discerning clientele.”

An uninterrupted, highly crafted rear-view appearance highlights the signature full-width taillamps. This is made possible by a liftgate design with a side-view cutline – a Lincoln first. It shows how the dedicated Lincoln design and engineering teams have worked together to deliver customer-focused solutions that not only elevate the appearance, but also provide maximum load capability.

“This approach eliminates the traditional vertical cutline on the rear seen on utilities, which in turn contributes to the athletic presence of the vehicle,” Gueler said.

The continuity also is apparent in the execution of the frameless windows, which amplify the richness of the design, as does the signature split-wing grille. The exterior is augmented by warm, cream-based white metallic tri-coat paint, 20-inch premium wheels with polished chrome rims, and a large fixed panoramic roof that runs the length of the vehicle.

Interior design, colors and materials

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High-end bespoke design, materials and execution inspire the four-passenger interior.

“There is a significant upgrade in materials and a stylish, fashion-oriented package. The materials are combined with progressive combinations and uses of stitching and colors,” said Soo Kang, Lincoln interior design chief.

Just like MKZ – which sets the tone for the brand’s thoughtful new approach to design – the MKC Concept features a distinct push-button gear shift selector. This enables a flowing, expressive and architectural center console design covered with riveting details, and unique colors and materials.

The headliner is wrapped with high-end material, providing a warm and luxurious feel. The pillars are wrapped with premium leather. The seats also feature premium leather and include a unique embroidered Lincoln Star and crimson stitch accents.

The Lincoln Star lattice also is subtly placed on the MKC Concept’s floor mats to complement the lattice design in the speaker mesh, light fixtures and lug-nut covers.

The smooth leather also wraps the door trim uppers, armrests, bolsters, console side rails, instrument panel and cargo area.

“There is a rich softness to the exterior and interior palette of the MKC Concept,” said Susan Lampinen, group chief designer, Color & Material Design. “The leather-wrapped architecture complements the open-pore and designer hand-dyed woods.”

Other refined details include finishes like appliqués cut from layers of reconstructed natural wood infused with a metallic flake for a glistening effect on the steering wheel, upper instrument panel and door panels.

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