Loosely based on the architecture of the Ford Escape, the Lincoln MKC hopes to offer style, gadgets and efficient motors to what is believed to be the fastest growing new vehicle segment, the entry-level luxury crossover.
To gain the buyers attention, the 2015 Lincoln MKC offers a sleek, modern design, which looks very European. One of the main exterior design features is the extra large, clamshell tailgate, which is shaped by hydroforming, and is produced in Canada by Amino.
The sleek design theme is continued in the interior, where Lincoln has opted to use soft touch materials and leather (standard in Canada), to add to the luxury experience. As you’d expect, there are plenty of gadgets on offer, including an industry first! We have seen parking assist technology before, but the MKC goes one further and offers park-out assist, which will help you pull out of a tight parking spot. The MKC also offers blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping and collision warning systems. If all else fails, there are seven airbags as standard on the MKC.
Two engines will be offered with the 2015 MKC upon launch, a 2.0L I4 EcoBoost motor which will produce 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The upgrade motor is a new 2.3L I4 EcoBoost motor that uses a twin-scroll turbo charger. This engine is rated at 275 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered.
The Louisville, Kentucky built, 2015 Lincoln MKC will go on sale in Canada by next summer, with prices starting at $39,940. All-wheel drive is standard on all Canadian model MKC’s.
As for Lincoln’s plans for world domination, this luxury American brand will soon be opening its first showroom in China.