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The design is certainly easy on the eyes, especially the tapered-back grille, which we find far less garish than the grille design of previous Lincoln models. The 2015 MKC will need all the help it can muster given the strong competition in the premium compact crossover segment, which includes the likes of the Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Buick Encore and BMW X1.
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Front-wheel drive with 18-inch wheels will be standard, with all-wheel drive and 19-inch wheels available to those who need it. Also debuting on the MKC will be a new suspension damping system called “Continuously Controlled Damping”, or “CCD” for short. CCD constantly monitors the road and then adjusts the suspension to suit. Drivers can also use CCD to select from “Sport”, “Comfort” and “Normal” modes.
Though Lincoln hasn’t mentioned it yet, a six-speed automatic should be the standard transmission, as this is the unit found on the Escape. The automaker has confirmed, however, that its push-button gear selection system will be a feature.
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As a special touch, owners will be able to utilize a smartphone app to control the vehicle: With a MyLincoln Mobile app, MKC owners will be able to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle, as well as set the interior temperature. Safety features include collision warning with brake support, lane keep assist, parking assist, a rearview camera, a blind spot monitor, a cross traffic alert system and seven standard airbags.
Production of the 2015 Lincoln MKC will take place at the Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and the first examples are expected in showrooms next summer. Following on from the all-new MKZ sedan introduced for the 2013 model year, the MKC becomes the second model in Lincoln’s plans to introduce four all-new models by 2016.