Earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, Lincoln pulled the covers off the MKC Concept. The concept provided a glimpse of what a compact crossover from the Lincoln brand could look like. Many praised the looks of the MKC Concept since it didn't look like a Ford product with Lincoln badging all over it. What made the concept interesting is that Lincoln announced a production model of the MKC concept would be debuting sometime later this year.
Which brings us to this week, when Lincoln unveiled the 2015 MKC crossover ahead of its official debut at the LA Auto Show next week. Let's dive in and find out how the transformation from concept to production model went.
Bringing a concept car into production form is a difficult task. You have to take a shape that was loved by many in show form and make it into something that looks as good while meeting a number of safety and fuel economy requirements. Sometimes the production models don't look anything like the concept and other times, the production model is very similar to the concept. With the 2015 Lincoln MKC, it's definitely the latter.
Put the MKC Concept and 2015 MKC in a room together and there appears to be more similarities than differences. The overall shape is very much the same as the front-end split-wing grille. Along the side, Lincoln designers applied a bold character line running from the front fender all the way to the rear tailgate. The back end features a wrap-around tailgate. Finishing off the look is a set of eighteen or nineteen-inch alloy wheels.
The Inside Story
The 2015 MKC brings a lot of technology and luxuries to the Lincoln lineup. There is seating for five passengers who will be surrounded by a blend of leather, wood, and what Lincoln describes as “natural-look” materials. We're not quite sure what Lincoln means by "natural-look" materials. Maybe we'll have a better answer when we see it up close.
The center stack is familiar to anyone who has sat in the new Lincoln MKZ. You have a push-button transmission selector and an eight-inch touchscreen with MyLincolnTouch. Now at this point, you're expecting the capacitive touch controls to be sitting under the screen. However, the 2015 MKC is the first model to come with actual buttons and knobs to control the system.
The 2015 MKC is also one of the first Lincolns to come with a built-in, always-on wireless Internet connection to allow owners to start, lock, unlock, and locate their vehicle via the MyLincoln Mobile app on their smartphone.
Under The Skin
The 2015 Lincoln MKC will come equipped with two EcoBoost four-cylinder engines. The base engine is a 2.0L EcoBoost with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Optional is a new 2.3L EcoBoost with 275 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Lincoln hasn't said what transmission will be used for the MKC, though we're guessing a six-speed automatic transmission will be the chosen one.
Front-wheel drive will come standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Opt for the all-wheel drive and the MKC will also come with a Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) system which allows a driver to choose from three different settings (Comfort, Normal, and Sport). Lincoln says CCD monitors the road and adjusts the suspension according to the setting and road conditions.
On the safety front, the 2015 MKC will come equipped with seven airbags (including a class exclusive knee airbag), blind spot warning system, collision warning with brake support, lane keeping system, and cross-traffic alert.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC will go on sale next summer.
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