- The MKC crossover will use touchpad controls for radio and climate functions.
- MyLincoln Touch will supplement the center stack controls.
- Ford has promised improved functionality in light of consumer frustration with similar systems in current models.
DEARBORN, Michigan — The latest spy photos of the upcoming Lincoln MKC compact crossover reveal an interior design that relies heavily on touchpad controls. The use of such controls is a risky move as numerous Ford products with similar setups have been criticized by consumers for being slow and clunky to use.
In this MKC prototype, the setup includes volume and tuning controls for the radio, along with climate controls and seat heaters. It is essentially the same setup used in the current Lincoln MKZ sedan.
The sighting comes at an odd time as Ford announced just yesterday that it intends to blend traditional buttons and knobs with touch-sensitive controls in future products.
Progress on the MKC crossover has been swift as Lincoln pushes to get new models out that closely adhere to its new brand image. The MKC concept, revealed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, received generally favorable reviews for its sleek styling and practical packaging.
Exterior shots of this prototype show that Lincoln's designers were able to maintain most of the concept's overall shape and design details. Other than a few minor trim details and redesigned wheels, the MKC prototype is a dead ringer for the concept.
Built on the same platform as the current Ford Escape, the MKC will likely offer both 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines in either front- or all-wheel drive.
An official debut is expected this fall, with sales likely beginning in late 2013 or early 2014.
Edmunds says: Not an ideal setup for the Lincoln's promising crossover, but with updated software that improves response time, it could become a non-issue.