- New compact luxury crossover debuting for 2015
- Two available four-cylinder EcoBoost engines
- Lots of useful technology in the cabin
For 2015, Lincoln debuts a new luxury crossover, the MKC, which offers plenty of utility and luxury features in a compact package.
The MKC is the first vehicle to come from Lincoln’s new line of products which are designed solely by Lincoln and meant to be more distinct from their Ford counterparts. As such, there is less Ford Escape in the MKC than you’d expect, something that’s needed if Lincoln is to become the real luxury marque that Ford envisions.
Styling is handsome and familiar. Up front is a larger version of Lincoln’s “split-wing” front grille, while in the back wide LED taillights spread across the whole of the rear liftgate to provide unique visual flair, especially at night. The whole package looks very cohesive on a crossover, more so than it does on Lincoln’s sedan offerings. 18-inch alloy wheels, roof side rails, and HID headlights with LED accents are all standard. 19- and 20-inch wheels are also available, along with a hands-free liftgate that borrows technology that debuted on the Escape. Simply approach the rear bumper with the key fob on your person, wave a foot under the rear bumper, and it will open or close magically (presto!).
Under the hood, the MKC is powered by one of two available four-cylinder EcoBoost engines. The base engine is shared with a whole handful of other Ford vehicles, and even the Land Rover Evoque. It is a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 270 pounds-feet of torque. The optional engine will also make its way into the new 2015 Ford Mustang, a 285-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that makes 305 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The base engine comes with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional on the base engine but standard with the more powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Fuel economy figures max out with the base engine and FWD, 20/29 mpg city/highway.
The MKC’s cabin is simply styled and free of clutter, with a next-generation MyLincoln Touch system adorning the center console that thankfully eschews the tricky capacitive touch controls of the last version for simple, physical buttons that control the climate and audio systems. There are plenty of standard features to speak of as well, including dual-zone automatic climate control, powered/heated front seats, push-button/remote start, SYNC, an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB/iPod ports, and satellite radio. Higher trim levels offer “Bridge of Weir” deepsoft leather seats and a panoramic moonroof. The panoramic moonroof is excellent, offering airiness to a cabin that can feel a bit stuffy, especially for taller passengers.
Standard safety features include a rearview camera, seven airbags, electronic stability and traction control, and all-disc antilock brakes. There is plenty of available safety technology, including a blind spot warning system, collision warnings with brake support, lane keeping, and cross-traffic alerts. Also optional is an automatic parking system, that not only help you get into a parallel parking space, but out as well.