Premium compact crossovers have become big news lately, a fast-growing segment dominated by players such as the Acura
RDX, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Now Lincoln is set to make a splash in the segment with the launch of its all-new MKC.
The MKC is the first Lincoln designed from the ground up in the dedicated Lincoln Design Studio, and the luxury automaker has high expectations for the new crossover.
The sculpted bodywork features a high beltline and low shoulders, giving the MKC a muscular, athletic presence. At the front the MKC gets Lincoln’s distinctive split-wing grille, flanked by swept-back HID headlights. At the back, a unique wrap-around tailgate creates a clean look while also allowing easy access to the luggage compartment.
the MKC was designed to create a calm, uncluttered environment. Design details include a full-width instrument panel, pushbutton shifter, and one-piece centre stack. Rich materials are specified throughout, and for those seeking even more luxury there’s available Bridge of Weir Deepsoft leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim, and a new design Lincoln steering wheel wrapped in Wollsdorf leather.
A THX-certified sound system keeps occupants entertained, while Bluetooth connectivity and an available embedded modem allow them to stay in touch on the road. A wide range of driver-assist technologies help contribute to a relaxed driving experience, including active park assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, lane-keeping assist, blind spot information system with cross traffic alert, and more.
the hood, the MKC gets either a standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, or a new 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost that cranks out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, while Lincoln’s Intelligent All Wheel-Drive with torque vectoring control is standard on Canadian MKCs (base US-market vehicles feature front-wheel drive). A Lincoln Drive Control system allows the driver to choose between Sport, Comfort and Normal modes, which customize the driving experience by adjusting the continuously controlled damping system, variable electric steering and active noise control.
The MKC is being marketed worldwide, and thanks to competitive pricing it has already exceeded expectations for preliminary orders in China, where it will go on sale later this year together with the MKZ sedan as part of Lincoln’s Chinese debut.
Canadian pricing will start at $39,940, and the MKC is due in showrooms later this month.
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