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

Comments

  • pommah pommah Posts:

    I kinda like it, though this class of vehicle is not my cup of tea.

  • nitephire nitephire Posts:

    You have alot of hate for the MKZ yet you seem to like the ES350. They both are about par for the course. I have had the pleasure of being in both. They are after the same customer..(my wife). I just dont see the short comings that you guys are talking about yet rave about in the 350. The interior quality is the same. I dont get paid to test drive cars, I do so every other weekend for the last 26 years because I love driving and I love cars. You guys should goto work in a factory for a few years and then use your money to buy a car and tell me which one you like them..geez..I do know understand why you guys would not allow anyone to post on the MKZ hate site that you did. U knew the reaction that you would get. Shame on you.

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    Isn't that a carry over from last year? Lincoln has sunk to the bottom in looks and is in no way a luxury car

  • I had a 2010 Lincoln MKX, and was pretty impressed with it and it's Ice Blue Color. However, my feelings started to change when it had 10,000 miles on it and we were 1,300 miles from home on vacation. The MKX slowed down to about 15 mph and would not move any faster. We popped the hood and checked out everything we could and finally got back into it and began creeping towards the next town since it was a LOT closer than home. After 4 minutes the crazy thing surged forward and began running like it should. We made it to our destination that afternoon and returned home 10 days later without incident. Two days later however was the BIG incident. It was in our garage and decided it was going to ST:AY there. Hubby called the dealer and told them to get this piece of JUNK out of our garage. Turns out there was almost $5,000 in bad sensors in it. Thank goodness for warranties! I'll take my 2012 Ford Taurus SEL any day!!!BTW- Hubby worked (retired now) for FORD.

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