The good news is that it looks virtually identical in production trim to the well-received concept version, something we rarely see these days. Based on the Ford Escape platform, the Lincoln MKC ups the style factor by quite a bit, proving that the MKC is more than just a badge-engineered Escape.
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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.
2015 Lincoln MKC
In addition to the direct-injection and turbocharging technologies of its engines, the MKC will also benefit from fuel-saving active grille shutters. EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2015 MKC will be announced closer to next year’s sales launch.
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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.
2015 Lincoln MKC
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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.
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