Ford’s luxury brand, Lincoln, has released the 2015 iteration of the MKC. This compact SUV will solely feature EcoBoost engines that can produce as much as 285 horsepower and 305 pound-foot of torque, which is rather impressive from a 2.3L four. This engine is similar to the much-ballyhooed turbo-four that will be available for the 2015 Mustang. Extracting that much power from such a small engine is a new endeavor for an American manufacturer, but considering its potential fuel mileage and low carbon emissions output, this may be the wave of the future.
Standard for the MKC is a 2.0L EcoBoost turbo-four delivering a competitive 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm—the most torque per liter in its class. In standard front-wheel-drive configuration, this combination gives 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway/23 mpg combined according to the EPA; with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, the fuel mileage drops to 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mpg combined.
But it’s not just under the hood that is newsworthy. “The Lincoln MKC was designed to capture the attention of a worldwide audience,” says Global Lincoln director Matt Van Dyke. “Spirited, stylish and smart, it truly is one of the most exciting new products from Lincoln in years.” As the first vehicle designed from the ground up in a dedicated Lincoln Design Studio, the 2015 Lincoln MKC is sporty yet elegant, almost like a linebacker in a tuxedo. Its “sleek, sculpted body, high beltline and low shoulders” lends a “sturdy, athletic presence” that is unusual for an SUV. A low center of gravity helps give responsive handling and cornering stability.
Inside, an available panoramic Vista Roof lets natural light fill the cabin, giving the interior a spacious feel, while a distinctive wrap-around liftgate out back continues the fluid design. Created by a hydroforming process, the result is a clean appearance unique in this class yet giving easy access to the cargo area. Full-width LED taillamps with long-lasting and energy-efficient HID headlamps are integrated within the Lincoln Zephyr-influenced “signature” split-wing grille for added distinction. Optional is a unique feature where making a kicking motion below the rear bumper will open the liftgate hands-free.
Base price is $33,995, which is the lowest entry price in the segment. The MKC is the second of four all-new Lincolns due by 2016, and will be one of two Lincoln models (the other being the MKZ sedan) making Lincoln’s debut in the Chinese market later for 2014.