New & Used Lincoln MKC: In Depth
The Lincoln MKC is a compact crossover that's completely new in Ford's luxury brand lineup for the 2015 model year.
A member of the global family of Ford vehicles that includes the the Escape crossover, the MKC is fairly closely related to that vehicle, though it comes only with turbocharged engines, and has its own sheetmetal and interior. Its pretty exterior theme wears the latest rendition of Lincoln's split-wing grille, though the rear may be the most interesting angle, with its full-width taillamps and two-piece tailgate. The MKC's interior has some common elements with the Escape, but it passes on a conventional shift lever: pushbuttons activate the transmission, and a raft of new buttons give some easier shortcuts into its MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. Leather and wood trim are available.
The MKC's base powertrain is the same 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's found in the Escape; it can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive.The upgraded engine is a new 2.3-liter turbocharged in-line four with 275 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, also available with front- or all-wheel drive. No performance or estimated gas-mileage numbers have been released.
The MKC shares the Escape's electric power steering, and its basic suspension, but the Lincoln crossover can also be equipped with a set of adaptive dampers that drivers can set in comfort, sport, or normal position for a more finely tuned ride. The MKC comes with 18-inch wheels, and 19-inch wheels are an option.
Inside, there's nearly the same interior space as in the snug-fitting Ford crossover--the Escape is somewhere between a Hyundai Tucson and Santa Fe in wheelbase and overall length. Final dimensions haven't been released for the MKC, but we expect it to fit the same general form. At least the sensation of space could be greater in the Lincoln, with its different console design.
Split-folding and reclining back seats are expected in the MKC as well, to complement its split tailgate--the bottom half drops down, the top half flips up. The MKC can also be fitted with a power tailgate that opens with the wave of a foot under the bumper.
The Escape has been a strong safety performer, and we expect nothing less from the MKC, since it comes with seven airbags standard, as well as stability control. Some of its advanced safety options are the same ones you'd find on the Escape, like its parking assistance system. The MKC comes standard with blind-spot monitors, which are an option on Escape, and offers a collision warning system and a camera-based lane-keeping system.
Other luxury features on the MKC include Bluetooth with audio streaming; SYNC; proximity illumination--the mirrors cast light on the ground when the car's keyfob is detected nearby; and an embedded data service (provider unknown) that links with a smartphone app to provide services like remote unlocking, fuel-level checks and pre-setting of climate controls.
The MKC goes on sale in the summer of 2014.