2013 Detroit Auto Show: Lincoln MKC Concept

2013 Detroit Auto Show


  • Lincoln MKC Concept Picture - Front 3/4

    Lincoln MKC Concept Picture - Front 3/4

    Bill Ford and Alan Mulally mug for the cameras in front of the MKC concept just after its official world debut. | January 14, 2013

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What Is It?
Lincoln MKC Concept

What's Special About It?
The Lincoln MKC is the brand's second "comeback" vehicle, or at least a close approximation of it. In fact, at the world debut today here in Detroit, Lincoln Chief Jim Farley even said, "don't think concept" when you look at the MKC, indicating that much of what you see here will arrive in production.

We've only heard that line a couple hundred times in reference to various concept cars over the years, so take it with a grain of disbelief and you won't be disappointed. It would be great if Farley comes through on his promise, however, as the MKC is a sharp-looking compact SUV that might drag a few buyers away from an Audi Q5 or Mercedes-Benz GLK if the rest of the package is right.

There was no talk of what that package might be, but given that the MKC is based on Ford Escape hardware it's a safe bet to assume it will have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood and either front- or all-wheel drive. With a few tweaks, that engine should be good enough to match its European competitors in terms of power and efficiency, so the only things left to sort out are the suspension tuning and feature content.

Then again, it's the little things that make a big difference in this class, and if the MKZ is any indication, Lincoln has a long way to go when it comes to putting it all together to create a truly world-class luxury vehicle. Given that Lincoln made no mention about when this vehicle might actually arrive in production form, assume that the company still has some time to figure things out.

What Edmunds Says:
Lincoln needs this vehicle in its lineup right now, not next year.

Specifications
Length:
179.3 inches
Height:
63.2 inches
Width:
80.0 inches
Wheelbase:
106.9 inches

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