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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lincoln MKC Black Label.

  • 2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    240 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    270 @ 3000
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    45000
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  • body style:

Exterior

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The Black Label palette includes six colors, which come at no additional cost.

The MKC’s exterior remains standard once customers opt for the Black Label treatment, with Lincoln explaining the crossover’s appearance "is purposely understated" for this package. However, buyers will get to choose from a range of exclusive colors and wheels.

The Black Label palette includes six colors, which come at no additional cost. Black Tie, Confidential White and Crystal Silver are the core colors, while customers looking for lively hues can go with either the deep red called Chroma Flame, the rich brown dubbed Chroma Couture, or a vibrant blue that goes by the name Notorious.

Moving over to wheels, the MKC Black Label comes equipped with standard 19-inch, aluminum rollers. The options list includes 20-inch, polished, duo-tone aluminum wheels with chrome inserts. The exclusive wheels are distinguished by a unique Lincoln insignia on the center of the rim. Additionally, the "MKC" badging on the tailgate is finished in high-gloss black with a chrome "C" to further set the Black Label model apart from its regular sibling.

Interior

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The seats are sewn together with black accent stitching are feature a linking-L perforation pattern.

The interior of the MKC is where all the Black Label magic happens. Lincoln promises more premium materials and exquisite craftsmanship in four different themes inspired from various sources, including fashion, food, luxury travel and architecture.

The first interior theme is dubbed Indulgence and it’s inspired by "the allure of rich, sumptuous chocolate." Highlights include a Truffle-colored Venetian leather for the seats, door panels and armrests and Ganache-colored Alcantara for the headliner and the pillars. For extra richness and depth, the leather has been put through an aging process. The seats are sewn together with black accent stitching and feature a linking-L perforation pattern. Ziricote wood trim — an exotic wood from South America — adds further elegance to the instrument panel and the doors.

Next up is Center Stage, a theme that draws inspiration from the "drama of theater arts and fashion." On this trim level, the cabin is wrapped in Jet Black leather with Foxfire Red stitching and Jet Black Alcantara on the headliner and pillars. The seats are swathed in Jet Black Venetian leather, while the Black Stripe wood trim rounds off the classy appearance.

Modern Heritage is the third theme Lincoln is offering through the Black Label program. It features Vianca White Venetian leather seats and center console, Jet Black upper door panels, Crimson Red accents and Black Argento wood trim on the instrument panel and doors. If black-and-white is a color theme you want in your car, Modern Heritage is the trim you need.

Lastly, there’s the Oasis theme, inspired by the "warmth and serenity of a spa" with influences from the Far East. Much like the other Black Label themes, Oasis consists of a dual-tone including a soft color and a darker hue. They are called Oasis and Island, respectively. The former is found on the Venetian leather seats, while the latter covers the instrument panel and the center console. The headliner and the pillars are finished in Oasis-colored Alcantara. For this theme, customers will get American Walnut Burl wood trim inserts with a natural open-pore finish.

Drivetrain

Unlike the cabin, the engine compartment is as stock as it gets, meaning customers have two drivetrains to choose from. The standard unit is the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost that’s found in the Ford Escape. Rated at 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, the four-banger can be had with either front- or all-wheel-drive.

Should you select the optional four-pot, Lincoln will drop the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, also available with the 2015 Ford Mustang, between the front wheels. The mill generates 275 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, and comes with the company’s grille-shutter technology for improved aerodynamics and increased fuel economy. Front-wheel drive is again standard, while all-wheel drive requires a premium and a check mark on the options list.

Both engines mate to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Prices

The premium for ticking the "Black Label" box on the MKC is $5,995 on top of the model’s base MSRP. For reference, the current range-topper, the MKC Reserve, retails from $40,930 while the entry-level MKC Premiere is priced from $33,995. With this fee, you also get a complementary loaner car if your MKC is in the shop, free pickup and delivery if you live within 30 miles of a Black Label dealer, once-a-year detailing, anytime car washes and a Culinary Collection membership.

Competition

Audi Q3

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The Q3 may not have a Black Line of its own, but Audi is known for providing some of the most luxurious crossovers on the market. The compact crossover comes with an impressive list of interior amenities, including leather-wrapped and heated, 12-way power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a state-of-the-art infotainment system, LED lighting for the interior and a premium audio system.

Two trim levels are available in the U.S. — Premium Plus and Prestige — both powered by the same engine. Audi’s unit of choice for the U.S.-spec Q3 is the 2.0-liter TFSI, which generates 200 turbocharged horses and 207 pound-feet of torque. The four-banger mates to a six-speed Tiptronic transmission and an optional quattro all-wheel-drive system. Pricing starts from $33,425 for the Premium Plus trim and from $37,325 for the Prestige model. All-wheel-drive adds another $2,100 to each model.

BMW X1

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The X1 is the leader of the luxury compact crossover market as far as sales go, and for good reason. Although it’s far from being a pretty sight, the X1 is packed with the latest in terms of technology and it’s equally luxurious when compared to its bigger brothers, the X3 and X5. The X1 sits in no less than three version in U.S. showrooms, with two engines to choose from. The sDrive28i is motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger rated at 240 horsepower. The xDrive28i gets the same engine with the same amount of power, but, unlike the entry-level model, it comes with standard all-wheel drive.

At the top of the X1 range sits the xDrive35i, which sports a 3.0-liter, inline-six engine under its hood. The mill cranks out 300 horsepower, distributed to all four corners by BMW’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system. Pricing starts from $30,900 for the entry-level model and from $38,800 for the more powerful xDrive35i.

Conclusion

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Lincoln has been struggling to deliver a package strong enough to compete against the Germans and Cadillac for quite a few years now, and it seems Ford’s luxury brand is finally taking its first step in that direction. On the other hand, while the Black Label might seem a big step forward compared to what Lincoln had to offer until now, it remains to be seen whether it will make a difference when compared to what other automakers have to offer or not. For now, Lincoln is slowly trying to bridge the huge gap that separates it from the likes of Cadillac. The next step would be to expand the Black Label to more models other than the MKC and the MKZ. And to develop brand-new models, of course.

  • Leave it
    • No engine upgrades
    • Tough competition from the Germans

Press Release

Redefining what it means to shop for, purchase and own a luxury automobile, The Lincoln Motor Company is delivering Lincoln Black Label.

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Unveiling details of a dealer network that offers personalized service as exceptional as the vehicles it sells, Lincoln announced its plan to provide an enhanced shopping and service experience to complement luxuriously appointed Black Label vehicles that surround occupants in premium materials.

When the program launches in December, 32 dedicated Lincoln Black Label dealers in six states will provide showroom space dedicated to serving Black Label customers. Lincoln plans to expand the network nationwide in late 2015.

At launch, Black Label will be offered on the 2015 Lincoln MKZ midsize premium sedan and the 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility. Ultimately, Black Label versions of all new Lincoln vehicles will be available in the U.S. Black Label will be launched in China later in 2015 under the name Presidential.

“Black Label represents a new level of Lincoln luxury in terms of product execution and personal service,” said Matt VanDyke, director, global Lincoln. “This combination of elevated service, materials and execution will set Lincoln Black Label apart.”

Premium materials meet exquisite craftsmanship
The first generation of Lincoln Black Label design themes drew inspiration from a variety of sources – from fashion and food, to luxury travel and architecture. Each was created to make driving a Lincoln a more personal, emotive experience. Set to debut on the Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKC are Indulgence, Center Stage, Modern Heritage and Oasis.

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All four interior themes showcase some of the finest automotive materials, including Alcantara®-wrapped headliner, pillars, package tray and accent details; Venetian leather on the seating surfaces, armrests and doors; fully leather-wrapped and stitched instrument panel, console and doors; subtle branding elements with unique Lincoln perforation designs; and elegant trims of crafted woods or woods rare to the automotive industry.

“Our goal is to provide an ultimate sensory experience by creating luxurious environments with a variety of unique color themes that resonate with customers,” said Janet Seymour, Lincoln color and materials design manager. “We achieve this by using the most premium materials with meticulous attention to detail.”

Eagle Ottawa created Venetian leather specifically for use in Black Label vehicles. Less than 1 percent of raw hides worldwide meet the stringent softness and durability requirements for becoming Venetian leather, making it an exclusive Black Label offering.

Venetian leather, unique for its lightly finished, fine-grained texture, is produced to reveal the natural characteristics of the hide. Its use in Black Label design themes signals a renewed emphasis on the hand-crafted elegance that has long defined the Lincoln brand.

Alcantara is a soft, premium material favored in a wide spectrum of luxury industries including fashion, aviation and marine for its aesthetic and sensory qualities.

Designer woods – which appear on the instrument panel and doors with all Black Label themes – include Black Stripe (Center Stage Lincoln MKC), Onyx (Center Stage Lincoln MKZ) and Argento (Modern Heritage).

All were uniquely created for use in Black Label, with color accents and patterns that complement the design theme. Ziricote, used in Indulgence, is an exotic wood from South America featuring beautiful natural grain, pattern and coloration with no added dyes or stains. Open-pore American Walnut Burl has a natural authentic beauty that harmonizes with the soothing, tonal interior colors of Oasis.

Lincoln Black Label exteriors: Understated elegance
While delivering sumptuous interior luxury, Lincoln Black Label vehicles will feature understated exterior cues.

Customers can choose from a palette of standard exterior colors exclusive to Black Label: Black Tie, Confidential White and Crystal Silver are core colors, and are offered with all interior design themes. Other standard exterior color choices are Chroma Flame, a deep red; Chroma Couture, a rich brown; and Notorious, a vibrant blue.

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Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKC Black Label models come standard with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels. MKZ owners can upgrade to 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, while MKC buyers can upgrade to 20-inch polished multi-piece aluminum wheels with premium-painted pockets accented with bright chrome inserts.

All Black Label wheels feature a unique Lincoln insignia on the center of the rim. Unique badging at the rear serves as a subtle callout. A bold, high-gloss black with a chrome “Z” or “C” distinguishes vehicles in the Black Label family.

“The Black Label exterior is purposely understated,” VanDyke said. “From the outside, few people might recognize that it is a Black Label vehicle. It’s all about comfort on the inside, creating a luxurious experience for the driver and passengers.”

Four exclusive Lincoln Black Label design themes
While there are subtle design variances between Lincoln MKC and Lincoln MKZ Black Label themes tied to unique vehicle architecture, Lincoln color and materials designers worked from the same color and material palettes for consistency.

Black Label design themes available on the MKZ and MKC are:

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Indulgence: Inspired by the allure of rich, sumptuous chocolate, Indulgence is defined by Truffle-colored Venetian leather featuring an antiquing process to infuse richness and depth on the seats, doors and armrests. Ganache-colored Alcantara extends the richness to the headliner, pillars and package tray.

Seat leather features an elegant linking-L perforation pattern with black accent stitching. Ziricote wood trim, a material typically reserved for use in yachts and classical instruments, adds an elegant touch on the instrument panel and doors.

Center Stage: Inspired by the drama of theater arts and fashion, Center Stage includes a Jet Black cabin with Foxfire Red accent stitching on the doors and seats. Jet Black Alcantara headliner, pillars and package tray surround Jet Black Venetian leather seats that feature a diamond-L perforation pattern.

Onyx wood trim in the Lincoln MKZ and Black Stripe wood trim in the Lincoln MKC are equally stunning accents.

Modern Heritage: Offering a fresh take on a classic black-and-white color theme, Modern Heritage features Jet Black upper door panels with Vianca white Venetian leather seats and center console.
Seat leather is accentuated by an exclusive diamond-L perforation pattern. Subtle Crimson Red accents and Black Argento wood trim on the instrument panel and doors add a dash of elegance.

Oasis: Inspired by the warmth and serenity of a spa, Oasis leans on Far East influences to create a peaceful escape. The interior features the colors of Oasis and Island for a soft, harmonious environment. Venetian leather seats in the soft Oasis color are accented by a darker Island-colored instrument panel and center console. Oasis-colored Alcantara covers the headliner, pillars and package tray.

American Walnut Burl wood trim appliqués with a natural open-pore finish continue the earth-tone theme on the instrument panel and doors.

A more elegant car-buying, car-owning experience
Lincoln Black Label will provide personalized shopping with dedicated personnel in the showroom, online or in locations more convenient for customers.

A specially trained Black Label experience liaison will meet prospective clients at their home, office or anywhere within 30 miles of the showroom to begin the experience. Acting as a personal shopping assistant, the liaison will help customers identify their ideal vehicle by sharing paint samples, material swatches and wood trim samples.

In addition to these tangible samples, a detailed tablet presentation allows customers to fully understand all that is unique about each of the four Black Label offerings.

“The Lincoln Black Label dealer network is designed to cater to our customers on an individual level,” said Kevin Cour, director of sales and service, Lincoln. “The 32 dealers participating at launch have committed to providing a level of service that is as unique as the vehicles they’ll be selling.”

Lincoln Black Label owners will enjoy special privileges, such as:

Four years or 50,000-mile extended premium service and maintenance coverage on wear items such as shock absorbers, engine belts and hoses, brake pads and linings, wiper blades and spark plugs

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No-cost rental vehicle while any covered maintenance is performed

Remote service that lets Lincoln Black Label customers have their vehicle picked up and returned (within a 30-mile radius) while maintenance is performed

Annual vehicle detailing

Anytime car washes

Culinary Collection membership: Black Label customers enjoy access to a curated list of restaurants from coast to coast, with noted chefs who will provide an at-your-service dining experience.

Black Label privileges, upgraded materials and design themes are priced at $5,995.

Building the Lincoln Black Label dealer network
The program launches in dedicated showrooms in December, with Black Label versions of the Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKC available for sale. Thirty-two dealerships in Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida, California and Texas will have space dedicated to Lincoln Black Label customers.

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