2015 Lincoln MKC

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What's New for 2015:
  • All-new luxury crossover SUV
  • Shares a platform with Ford Escape
  • Debuts new EcoBoost engines
  • Available AWD

The 2015 Lincoln MKC is an all-new model: a compact, 5-passenger, luxury crossover SUV that employs the same platform as the Ford Escape. It's likely to compete with luxury SUVs such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The Lincoln MKC is available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), and with a choice of two EcoBoost engines.

Models and Features
The 2015 MKC is offered in a single trim level, with a standard (Premiere) equipment group and two optional equipment groups. Nine exterior colors are available (some at a slight surcharge) and the interior can be had in black, sand, hazelnut, or sand/espresso. Standard exterior features include approach detection; body-color door handles; chrome dual exhaust tips; HID automatic headlights with LED signature lamps; body-color exterior mirrors; integrated blind-spot mirrors; heated, power dual side-view mirrors with memory; reverse sensing system; LED taillights; and privacy glass for rear doors, quarter, and liftgate windows. The Select equipment group adds an auto-dimming driver's side-view mirror; LED turn signal indicators on side-view mirrors; auto-folding side-view mirrors; configurable daytime running lights; and 18-in. nickel-plated aluminum wheels. The Reserve equipment group adds a power sunroof; hands-free liftgate; and 18-in. polished aluminum wheels with dark stainless painted pockets.

The Premiere equipment group's standard interior features include a 10-way heated power driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar and memory; 4-way heated power front passenger seat with power recline; 60/40 split bench rear seat; 4-way adjustable head restraints; Lincoln Luxury Soft Touch seating surfaces; Sync with MyLincoln Touch; 8-in. LCD touch screen and 5-way steering wheel controls; media hub that includes two USB ports, SD card reader, and audio input jack; Lincoln premium audio system with 9 speakers; SiriusXM satellite radio; intelligent access with push-button start; push-button shift; active noise control; rear-view camera; leather-wrapped steering wheel; message center with compass; MyKey; LED map lights; and auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror. The Select equipment group adds leather-trimmed seats; Wollsdorf leather-wrapped steering wheel; 10-way power front passenger seat with lumbar support; ambient lighting; universal garage door opener; and a cargo cover. The Reserve equipment group adds all that plus leather-trimmed heated and cooled front bucket seats; navigation system with voice activation; blind-spot information system; embedded modem; and power tilt-and-telescoping steering column.

Exterior options include a trailer/tow package, technology package, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, power liftgate, and various wheel options. Interior options include an aluminum trim package, climate package, heated steering wheel, and more. Many features that are part of the premium equipment groups are available as individual options.

Properly equipped, the Lincoln MKC can tow 3,000 lbs.; maximum cargo space is 51.3 cu. ft.

Under the Hood
The base engine in the new MKC is a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder that generates 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The optional 2.3-liter, EcoBoost, direct-injection, inline-4 turbo engine generates 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque.

Fuel Economy
According to EPA estimates, the 2015 Lincoln MKC delivers 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway (23 mpg combined) from its standard 2.0-liter engine. With AWD, that engine makes 19/26/22 mpg (city/highway/combined). The more powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is rated to return 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.

Safety and Technology
Standard safety features on the 2015 MKC include Lincoln's Personal Safety System; dual-stage front air bags; front-seat-mounted side-impact air bags; safety canopy system with side curtain air bags; driver knee air bag; illuminated entry; tire-pressure monitoring system; remote keyless entry; passive anti-theft system; and a range of optional features listed above. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2015 Lincoln MKC 4 stars out of a possible 5 for frontal crash protection; 5 stars for side crash protection; and 4 stars for rollover protection.

A technological highlight of the 2015 Lincoln MKC is the Lincoln Drive Control suspension system, which offers a choice of three different modes: Comfort, Normal, or Sport.


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