Ford's premium brand, Lincoln, has revealed its new small SUV. The MKC claims to feature a premium interior and is offered with a choice of EcoBoost engines
14 November 2013

These are the first pictures of the Lincoln MKC, an SUV targeted at the American market which has debuted at the LA motor show.

Lincoln says the MKC provides the brand an offering in the small premium SUV segment which is the fastest-growing part of the luxury market. It is key to increase Lincoln’s appeal to a younger audience.

The MKC’s styling was previewed in the MKC concept shown at the Detroit motor show in January. Standout design features include Lincoln’s signature “split wing” grille and a wraparound tailgate similar to that fitted to the Audi Q7.

Inside, Lincoln’s design boss says she wanted to “convey a stylish, fashion-oriented vehicle” with extensive use of leather and real wood trim. The audio system features THX surround sound and Lincoln’s version of Ford’s SYNC system.

Two petrol EcoBoost engines are offered: a 240bhp 2.0-litre unit and a 2.3-litre version which makes 275bhp and 300lb ft of torque. Larger-capacity-engined models feature active grille shutters. The MKC is loosely based on the Ford Escape.

The MKC is offered in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations and both are available with adaptive damping.

Lincoln has confirmed production will begin at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky in the second quarter of 2014, with deliveries beginning next summer.

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14 November 2013
Utterly anonymous but not without the chintz and bland ugliness that is the very hallmark of the J Mays design team. This in no way is the assertive rebirth of Lincoln. Good riddance to J Mays.

14 November 2013
Norma, leave the drama for your mama. I agree halfway that it's not extravagant looking, but is that a bad thing? Have you seen the fugly SUV concept from Bentley? Jaguar's SUV is gorgeous, but it's on the other hand conservative and classy. I think Lincoln has done a terrific job. Mind you, I'm in US, and we got some solid offerings. I wish the interior didn't use so much Ford brand supplied switchgear, I mean hey guys remember fiasco surrounding the Vanquish and S-Type? I don't think I'd personally pay premium buck to touch window switches from a Ford Ka. Otherwise, MKC superb looking, and it'll easily take on Lexus and Cadillac, perhaps some of Ze Germans too. As for Acura, well no one really cares about them any longer.

14 November 2013
[quote=rgt88]Norma, leave the drama for your mama. I agree halfway that it's not extravagant looking, but is that a bad thing? Have you seen the fugly SUV concept from Bentley? Jaguar's SUV is gorgeous, but it's on the other hand conservative and classy. I think Lincoln has done a terrific job. Mind you, I'm in US, and we got some solid offerings. I wish the interior didn't use so much Ford brand supplied switchgear, I mean hey guys remember fiasco surrounding the Vanquish and S-Type? I don't think I'd personally pay premium buck to touch window switches from a Ford Ka. Otherwise, MKC superb looking, and it'll easily take on Lexus and Cadillac, perhaps some of Ze Germans too. As for Acura, well no one really cares about them any longer.[/quote] This isn't a Lincoln. This is a tarted up Ford. All Fords now look the same as all Jap and Korean cars. There is literally no such thing as an interesting America car : either they all look the same as each other or they are copying designs from the 60s e.g. Challenger, Mustang.

14 November 2013
[quote=Ray6O][quote=rgt88]Norma, leave the drama for your mama. I agree halfway that it's not extravagant looking, but is that a bad thing? Have you seen the fugly SUV concept from Bentley? Jaguar's SUV is gorgeous, but it's on the other hand conservative and classy. I think Lincoln has done a terrific job. Mind you, I'm in US, and we got some solid offerings. I wish the interior didn't use so much Ford brand supplied switchgear, I mean hey guys remember fiasco surrounding the Vanquish and S-Type? I don't think I'd personally pay premium buck to touch window switches from a Ford Ka. Otherwise, MKC superb looking, and it'll easily take on Lexus and Cadillac, perhaps some of Ze Germans too. As for Acura, well no one really cares about them any longer.[/quote] This isn't a Lincoln. This is a tarted up Ford. All Fords now look the same as all Jap and Korean cars. There is literally no such thing as an interesting America car : either they all look the same as each other or they are copying designs from the 60s e.g. Challenger, Mustang.[/quote] Like a Jaguar XF and S-Type or a Freelander or Evoque, or even a Volvo V40 and the previous Mazda 3? All must be tarted-up Fords then as they're all based on a Ford platform in the same way the MKC is, being related to the Ford Kuga but looking totally different. And I don't ever recall confusing a Mondeo, S-Max, Ka, Fiesta or a Focus for a Japanese or Korean car, especially the current Fusion.

14 November 2013
Really she wanted to 'convey a stylish, fashion-oriented vehicle' with extensive use of leather and wood??? what happend then.. the wood looks like the fake wood used on my parents TV back in the 80's. That dashboard archietecture looks like something pulled out of a early 2000 korean brand.. this is just normal jelly mould design from main stream manufacturer... nothing exciting here... the irritaion is that Lincoln really needs to find it identitiy again...I know its a Ford underneath but still.. Lincolm made the cool Continetal of the 50' and 60's how in 50 years did we get to this..really can you call this a designed product when it is this boring.

14 November 2013
I'm always interested in how well companies without any Euro presence are doing, they mostly seem to want to try and sell cars here, but neither Acura or Lincoln have attempted do so as far as I know! I quite like the look of this MKC, but it's not a patch on the new Jaguar SUV which is probably the car we'll upgrade to once our time with the Evoque is over.

14 November 2013
Looks like a Lincoln-ised Q5 Right down to the shut lines.

15 November 2013
If it's trim levels were carried over to the European Kuga, they might have a Vignale version to match their ambitions for a classier model range.

20 November 2013
For what it's worth: Lincoln's front end styling now reminds me of Oldsmobiles from the 60s (even down to the badge - OK I know it's not a rocket taking off). Oh and the side creases are borrowed from Seat's not yet/never produced SUV concept. Just sayin'...

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