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2019 Lincoln MKC - Driven

2019 Lincoln MKC - Driven

A domestic alternative to luxury crossovers

Lincoln has updated the MKC crossover for the 2019 model year, and with this refresh, the manufacturer aims to make its smallest SUV more attractive among the many talented rivals in its segment. The pre-facelift MKC was already pretty good, although not perfect, but now Lincoln says there is even more to like about it.

We tried the top of the range, The 2019 Lincoln MKC “Black Label”, with the more powerful of the two available engines, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo. In this spec, the MKC doesn’t leave you wanting for power, presence, or luxury, but at the same time it’s not perfect and we understand why these aren’t flying out of showrooms.

It is by no means a bad way to spend around $50,000 on a posh compact SUV that also happens to be made by an American brand. In the configuration we tested it in, it’s actually quite pleasant to live with - it’s even fun on occasion, especially with the 2.3-liter engine that comes as standard with grippy all-wheel drive.

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2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label - Driven

2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label - Driven

The luxury crossover with an American twist

The 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is the perfect example of what American car buyers want these days.A large vehicle capable of fitting a full family and its cargo, featuring a sporty look, commanding view of the road, and most importantly which doesn’t look like a minivan. Our tester Nautilus in its black label trim is pushing all gadgets and luxury known to man to also fit into the category of luxury cars. It does it all; it is all-wheel drive, hatchback, self-driving, and even good looking!. Let’s jump aboard for a quick driven review of this new offering from Lincoln, and see if daily life is as rosy as it seems.

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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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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 MKX Concept Crossover

2014 Lincoln MKX Concept Crossover

Lincoln Motor Company has just announced its launch a full product lineup in China, including five new vehicles. One of those – a midsize luxury SUV – accompanies the news in this teaser video above. Though Lincoln hasn’t given away much info on the new vehicle, the video does reveal some interesting aspects.

From the few glimpses visible, the SUV appears to be a highly sculpted crossover with plenty of LED trickery and accent lighting. Most eye-catching are the massive turn signals that surround the headlight fixtures and continue to the side mirrors. A strong belt line runs just under the windows with a large rear haunch laying above the rear tire. If things stay true to the artist’s drawings seen here, the front will feature some fairly stunning sculpted lines with plenty of drama.

This SUV will join a lineup of four other cars including the MKZ, the MKC, a new full-size luxury sedan, and the refreshed Navigator – all of which will be built inside the United States. What’s more, Lincoln is taking an entirely new approach to selling cars, one based relationships and an inviting dealer environment.

Lincoln’s goal is a network of 60 dealers in 50 cities across China by 2016, with the first eight opening this fall. The dealers will run under the ideology of “The Lincoln Way,” a much more personal, relationship-biased approach to selling cars. “It completely shifts luxury automotive ownership from a sales and service transaction model to an experience model,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president of global marketing.

The dealers will feature a more home-like atmosphere with a tea room and other amenities like the Personalization Studio where customers can customize and order their particular vehicle. The new dealership style will concentrate its focus on providing good relationships and quality treatment than having a large, uninviting room packed with products. It’ll be interesting to see how this business model works for China and if it could work within the U.S.

Updated 04/21/2014: Lincoln pulled the covers off its MKX Concept at the Beijing Auto Show and release these detailed images. Sadly, there isn’t much news about the interior or engine options at this time. Click past the jump to see the new shots and read the updated press release.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lincoln MKX Concept Crossover.

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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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2013 Lincoln MKT Town Car Fleet

2013 Lincoln MKT Town Car Fleet

Regardless of how odd it may look to have a bulky crossover SUV, like the MKT, replacing the equally bulky, yet outdated, Town Car sedan in Lincoln’s lineup, you can’t resist saying that it just might work. It’s equally luxurious as the Town Car and far larger, allowing passengers to stretch out a little more. One complaint about the Town Car that has somewhat carried over to the MKT is the cost to fuel it.

The last Town Car got a wallet-draining 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway and the MKT was not much better at 16 to 17 mpg city and 23 to 25 mpg highway, depending on options. Well, for fleets later on in the 2013 model year, Lincoln is addressing this concern by offering a 4-cylinder engine – that’s right, a 4-cylinder Lincoln...

This variant will not be made available directly to the public, as it will be a fleet-only model. It will boast a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that pumps out 235 ponies and 260 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 65-horsepower drop from the now-standard V-6 engine, but only a 15 pound-feet decrease in torque. Where the EcoBoost engine comes into play is the fact that it gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, that’s a 3 to 4 and 3 to 5 mpg increase, respectively.

It achieves these increases by not only offering two fewer cylinders to fuel, but also that it is only available in front-wheel drive. The lack of an AWD variant may seem like an issue to many non-fleet, but look at any fleet of Town Cars and you’ll find out that they are all rear-wheel drive, so that’s not a concern to fleet owners.

The Lincoln MKT Town Car Fleet is expected to debut later in 2012 and will come in at a base price of $49,845. There are no details on whether the options list is thinned out from the current MKT, but we assume it will all remain the same..

We’ll update you with more info as it becomes available.

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2013 Lincoln MKT

2013 Lincoln MKT

Lincoln has unveiled the 2013 MKT at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The revised crossover offers a dramatically improved ride, sharper handling, better fuel economy, and new safety technologies including rear inflatable seat belts. The new 2013 MKT will go on sale in the spring of 2012.

"The 2013 MKT with Continuously Controlled Damping delivers a surprisingly vibrant blend of ride and handling. It’s more than you’d expect from a full-size, three-row luxury crossover," said Scott Tobin, Director, Lincoln Product Development.

For 2013, The MKT will be powered by the standard 3.7-liter V6 engine that includes twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and delivers a total of 300 HP - an increase from the previous 268 HP. Customers will also be able to choose a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that delivers a total of 355 HP at 5,700 rpm and 350 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,250 rpm.

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2010 Lincoln MKX

2010 Lincoln MKX

For 2010 the Lincoln MKX is offering available all-wheel-drive, standard heated-and-cooled front seats and available heated rear seats. And for 2010, its 265-hp engine and six-speed automatic transmission have been extensively refined to increase fuel mileage. Prices for the MKX start at $38,345 for the FDW version and at $40,195 for the AWD version.

With its distinctive chrome grille, sophisticated flowing exterior lines, and broad, athletic stance, Lincoln MKX takes vehicle design to a whole new level. The interior features genuine wood, bright-nickel and chrome accents as well as a stylish, contemporary instrument panel. There’s also available ambient lighting in multiple color choices.

The Lincoln MKX features a 3.5L Duratec V6 engine that delivers a total of 265 hp and 250 lb. ft. of torque, and an impressive 25 mpg highway. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission that uses a wide 6.04:1 gear ratio. Short first and second gears provide impressive launch and acceleration, while the tall overdrive gears deliver seven percent better fuel economy than a four-speed automatic.

For 2010 Lincoln is offering a new package: Midnight Limited Edition Package that includes a unique body-color grille and Tuxedo Black Metallic paint offset by assertive 22-inch bright polished aluminum wheels.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lincoln MKT

2010 Lincoln MKT

The 2010 Lincoln MKT made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This will be the sixth model in Lincoln’s lineup, and slot between the MKX and the Navigator.

The Ford Flex cousin will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.7-liter V6 that delivers 268 hp at 6,500 RPM and 267 ft.-lb. of torque at 4,250 RPM; and a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 that delivers 355 hp at 5,700 RPM and 350 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,500 RPM. The upgraded EcoBoost engine should provide similar fuel economy as the standard (non-turbo) 3.7-liter engine. Both engines are mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The 3.5 liter version is being offered standard with AWD system, while for the 3.7 version the AWD is optional.

The MKT uses a lot of design touches that have become known throughout the Lincoln family such as the split waterfall grille, single piece rear light, and large greenhouse area. Much of the curves in the design look like they came from the same pen that gave us the surprisingly handsome MKS we had in our fleet.

UPDATE 01/18/2009: Lincoln has just announced prices for the 2010 Lincoln MKT. Sales will begin this summer at a price of $44,995 for the front-wheel drive model and $49,995 for the all-wheel drive version.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Lincoln MKX

2008 Lincoln MKX

Lincoln updated the MKX, the company’s premium crossover segment with elegant exterior design, an award-winning interior, and third party recognition for safety, quality, and technology. The brand’s first crossover is one part of a product strategy to round out the Lincoln showroom and continues to deliver with new features and equipment for the 2008 model year.

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2007 Lincoln MKX

2007 Lincoln MKX

The new Lincoln MKX is loaded with comfort and convenience as a modern new choice in the luxury crossover utility vehicle (CUV) market.

Lincoln MKX’s elegant design is combined with a sporty stance, powerful engine and quiet interior. It also boasts such technological advances as adaptive headlamps that move with the steering wheel, a panoramic glass roof, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, 14-speaker THX II audio system and DVD-based navigation.

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2007 Lincoln MKX

2007 Lincoln MKX

This exciting new vehicle is the first ever crossover from Lincoln and has a distinctive, breathtaking design, as well as all of the amenities you would expect to find on a Lincoln.

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