About the 2015 Lincoln MKC:
Lincoln says its new MKC compact luxury crossover SUV is the second of several new products designed to rejuvenate Ford’s luxury brand. It follows the redesigned Lincoln MKZ, and precedes new next-generation versions of the MKX and MKS. The 2015 Lincoln MKC is based on the same platform as the Ford Escape.
When buying a Lincoln MKC, you first decide between two different turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, and then determine whether or not you want front-wheel or all-wheel drive. After that, depending on your choices, you can opt for Select or Reserve equipment packages containing various upgrades.
Upgrade the MKC to the Select Package for leather instead of leatherette, and to get 18-inch aluminum wheels, a universal garage door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and other interior enhancements. The Reserve Package contains navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, hands-free liftgate operation, a panoramic sunroof, a Blind-spot Information System, and more.
In addition to these primary packages, the MKC can be fitted with larger wheels, automatic high-beam headlights, a premium sound system, and a Technology Package containing safety systems.
Engines and Transmissions:
A turbocharged, 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine is standard equipment, generating 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional.
Lincoln offers a more powerful, 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder engine for the MKC, paired only with all-wheel drive. It makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque and, like the standard engine, is bolted to a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
All MKC models equipped with all-wheel drive also have a Lincoln Drive Control continuously controlled damping suspension with Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
With the standard engine and front-wheel drive, the Lincoln MKC gets 23 mpg in combined driving. Add the optional all-wheel-drive system, and the MKC’s fuel economy estimate drops to 22 mpg. Choose the more powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, and can expect to get 21 mpg.
As this summary was published, neither the NHTSA nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had performed crash tests on the new Lincoln MKC.
Approach the Lincoln MKC after dark, and the key fob activates the SUV’s Approach Detection with Welcome Mat feature, which lights the vehicle up in a soothing, pleasing way. This feature is standard, along with Sync smartphone connectivity and a MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. In the MKC, Lincoln installs redundant stereo and climate controls so that the driver need not reference the touchscreen for common system adjustments.
Options include a THX II Certified premium audio system and an Active Assist with Park Out Assist system. That latter upgrade automatically steers the MKC into and out of parallel parking spaces while the driver operates the pedals and transmission. Extra-cost safety features include an Adaptive Cruise Control system with Collision Warning and Brake Support, a Lane Keeping System, and a Blind-spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
July 21, 2014
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