- A new 275-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine will debut in the MKC.
- Sales of the 2015 Lincoln MKC are expected to begin in the summer of 2014 with a starting price of $33,995.
- The 2015 Lincoln MKC is the second of four all-new vehicles for Lincoln.
NEW YORK — On a quest to completely reinvent itself, the Lincoln Motor Company today announced the 2015 Lincoln MKC small crossover, and Edmunds was invited to a sneak preview of the car in Los Angeles.
The Lincoln MKC was shown initially in concept form at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and we're pleased to report that the production version has changed very little. The front of the MKC is highlighted by Lincoln's signature "split-wing" grille, which works well on this sculpted crossover and flows effortlessly into a Coke-bottle accent line running down the side of the vehicle. At the rear is a one-piece wraparound tailgate with LED taillamps. We can't help but look at this section of the vehicle and think Audi Q5, and we can't help thinking that that's a good thing for the Lincoln brand. The wheels, roof rails and grille are accented in a classy dark chrome that stands out without being brash.
Taking a page out of the Land Rover Evoque's playbook, the MKC's approach-detection system not only turns on exterior lights, but projects an illuminated "welcome mat" in the shape of the Lincoln logo on the ground next to the driver's door.
The interior of the 2015 Lincoln MKC has received the same thought and attention as the exterior, and features a steep center console with real buttons and knobs instead of the touch panels that have infiltrated Lincolns lately. Everything you'd normally touch is wrapped in leather. The vehicle we saw was accented in real wood with visible, tactile pores.
Functionally, the MKC rides on the front-drive Global Ford C1 Platform that underpins the Volvo C30 as well as the Ford Escape and Focus, but with a wider track housing optional 245/45R19 Michelin tires. Coming into a class rife with six-cylinder motors, the MKC is going a different way with an all-EcoBoost powertrain.
The standard engine for the MKC will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an estimated output of 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. To officially compete with those big-engined crossovers, Lincoln will offer a second four-cylinder, the all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost with (again estimated) 275 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. The only available transmission at this point is a revised version of the six-speed automatic Lincoln currently employs.
As with everything else in the class, the list of available features is exhaustive and includes lane departure warning, driver alertness monitoring, automatic parking assist (both into and out of spaces) and blind spot monitoring.
The 2015 Lincoln MKC is an impressive package in person, combining high-quality materials, a thoughtful layout, a premium look and a $33,995 starting price. With an assortment of powerful, presumably efficient powertrains, it should tick all of the right boxes.
Edmunds says: Acura, Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche should be very, very nervous.