2015 Lincoln MKC Revealed | Edmunds.com

2015 Lincoln MKC Revealed

Just the Facts:
  • 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.


  • tp660 tp660 Posts:

    I don't think any of the major luxury brands have anything to be nervous about. I will say that this is a good start and a step in the right direction but they still need some rear wheel drive models or at least front wheel drive with longitudinally mounted engines like what Audi does.

  • dfelix70 dfelix70 Posts:

    The concept was a damn sexy SUV. The production model looks like a fancy Santa Fe fused with the Edge. Such a shame.

  • In my opinion, the Lincoln split wing grill is worse than the Acura beak.

  • redgeminipa redgeminipa Posts:

    That's a nice looking Audi hatch design on that Ford Escape you got there...

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    Pretty SUV. I'm sure plenty of people will hate the grill. Personally I like it. But I still hate the name. If someone asked me about the Lincoln MKC or MKZ or MK-whatever I would not be able to tell them which Lincoln that is. Ford: please stop this stupidity and give Lincolns back their names.

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    Needs a new front end, looks like a whale. The Lincoln lie up is just a replacement for Mercury nothing luxury about it. Fit and finish of these cars is typical Ford not at luxury level at all. Ford needs to separate Lincoln into it's own and stop sharing as many part if they really want to improve the Lincoln name plate. A rear wheel drive would be the first step.

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    I actually think that Ford now makes several very nice looking cars. Unfortunately, none of that has translated to their luxury arm Lincoln. The grille and tail lamp treatment that Lincoln continues to force on all their products is just terrible. No less terrible than Acura's stupid shield, but terrible nonetheless.

  • socal_eric socal_eric Posts:

    Some dials and buttons are back for MyFord/Lincoln Touch. Praise be. Also nice to start getting details on engine likely to be used in the next Mustang and Focus RS.

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    What a nice Escape. Hardly a "luxury" vehicle.

  • Side-by-side, the new Nissan Rogue looks just as "luxurious" inside and out. More and more people are fine with cheaper alternatives because those cheaper alternatives keep getting nicer. Not sure where this Lincoln will grab its sales from because the competition is getting fiercer. It doesn't look like Ford spent a lot of time trying to facelift this thing to mask its DNA. The interior is insulting to a near-luxury buyer, let alone a luxury one.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    The rear looks OK, but I can't get past that hideous grille. They couldn't pay me to drive one of these.

  • 8thbug 8thbug Posts:

    This really looks pretty good, and that's a good thing because the MKZ appears to be a dud. I really liked my previous generation MKZ, and could not believe that Lincoln could screw up the new one so badly. I have only recently begun to consider owning a small crossover, and will definitely test drive the MKC. I think that this is the best application so far for the split wing grille.

  • hotrodw hotrodw Posts:

    I'm not sure when Lincoln became the official punching bag for haters, but they sure are out in force today. As the current owner of an Audi and a BMW who hasn't purchased domestic in more than a decade, I think this looks fantastic ... inside and out. Anybody that claims to see any Escape in the MKC is either full of [non-permissible content removed] or he/she has a unique talent because the cars don't share a single body panel. I would have preferred a V6 option myself, but at least they chose to offer a more potent turbo four upgrade not available in the Escape. As for content, some of the features Lincoln is offering aren't available on some of its competitors at any price. Acura in particular seriously skimped on features with the RDX. Lexus and the possible Buick offerings are at least a year away, and the Europeans cost thousands more. On paper at least it appears Lincoln may have found the sweet spot in the semi-luxury category. I may be in the minority, but I think Lincoln has a winner with this one.

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    They did nice job making the production car look like the concept. This car is competitive, but will buyers even know it's available?

  • 500rwhp 500rwhp Posts:

    Probably the best looking (least ugly?) Lincoln in a while. To my eye, it is better looking than the Edge by a fair amount.

  • transpower transpower Posts:

    Bah. My 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid AWD SUV has a much better powertrain than this....

  • morey000 morey000 Posts:

    As I'm in the market for a small to mid sized, semi-luxury, reasonably priced CUV, this one is the first that checks all the boxes. The Escape titanium's interior and ride is anything but luxury, but it's got that great 2.0T engine. The X3 has the engine, but the interior is spartan and it's overpriced. The Audi's Q3 engine needs an update. The interior of this Lincoln is WAY nicer than the aforementioned Rogue- and my guess is that the ride quality and quietness will be tuned more luxurious as well- compared to the Rogues, Escapes and Rav4's of the world. There really isn't much competition in the semi-lux, smaller CUV market. Who else has the interior, engine and reasonable price? The little buick is under powered and too small. the Caddy SRX gets lousy mileage. Subie's Outback is a fine car, but not luxurious and doesn't have the 2.0T. Yeah, the MKC grill will take some getting used to, but the rest of the styling is nice and it's the only vehicle that checks all the boxes for me. Love that they added some real knobs to the dash. It just made my short list. The new Cherokee would be on the list, but they don't have the great 2.0T engine. You get a choice of an anemic 4 or a guzzling 6.

  • transpower transpower Posts:

    I don't like the whiskers grille. Please, bring back the waterfall grill. And make this into a hybrid.

  • madlock madlock Posts:

    Finally a design in which the split wing is aesthetically organic and not just a cheap gimmick. Still a shame to deprive consumers the choice of a V6 - even the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Why would ANY luxury brand deny ANY potential customer an opportunity to fully indulge his wants - and pay a commensurate premium to do so?

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