In many eyes the new Lincoln MKC is one of the best looking new premium SUV’s to enter the markets recently. Sleek, tightly styled, bold and sporty ─ it is impressive from any angle. With it rakish profile, split-wing signature grille and full width taillights, the MKC looks unique and unmistakably classy.
Standard equipment levels are good as well. On the list is: power door locks, windows and power mirrors, climate-controlled air conditioning, AM/FMCD player with nine speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system, Multifunction steering wheel controls, adaptive cruise control with collision warning, 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way adjustable passenger seat, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, hands-free foot-activated automatic rear tailgate, auto headlights, dual front air bags, dual front side air bags, side curtain air bags, driver’s knee air bag and Anti-lock Braking (ABS).
Power comes via a pair of refined EcoBoost engines — either a standard 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbocharged engine delivering 240 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque or an optional 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbocharged producing 285 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 305 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2,750 rpm. Canadian models are sold only with all-wheel drive. Entry MKS models come very highly equipped with the Premiere Equipment Group, while the Select Equipment Group ($2,260) adds ambient lighting, 10-way power front passenger seat, a wood trim package, LED turn signal indicators on auto-folding side mirrors, tonneau cover and 18-inch aluminum wheels
The interior of the MKC is well up there with the best from Germany in terms of materials, fit finish and design. There is a flair and air of confidence in the seamless transitions from dash to door and center console and the top-grade materials that fuse wood accents, soft leather, and high quality plastics. Driver ergonomics are good with well-cushioned heated and cooled seats and decent enough ergonomics. The dash instruments and touches controls for the major features are easy to use with the latest version of Ford’s Sync system proving easy to use. Note ─ there is no traditional clunky shift lever for the transmission – instead one uses a row of vertical push buttons on the left side of the centre stack for drive, reverse and park modes. Simple, elegant and frees us center floor console space.
The rear compartment features the same high quality ambience of the front cockpit and seats three passengers. A foot activated rear tailgate accesses a roomy cargo area. On the road, the 2.3 Ecoboost four cylinders is a well- matched power unit for the compact sized MKC. With 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, the MKC is delightfully spritely when hooked up to the six-speed automatic gearbox. The Ecoboost delivers excellent acceleration and passing power in a smooth, refined manner. Handling is also good with a planted, stable and very composed feel around corners thanks to stiffer sway bars and suspension springs and adjustable dampers. The fuel efficient 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine delivers a Natural Resources Canada fuel economy figure of (L/100 km) 12.9 city, 9.2 highway.
To sum up, Lincoln has hit a home run with Lincoln MKC. It looks incredibly good with a heft of design and interior cabin as good as a Mercedes, yet is not conservative or stuffy. I do see the MKC appealing to younger buyers who want stylish looks, lots of technology and features in an iconic American brand.
2015 Lincoln MKC – Base Priced from $39,940. Price as tested $55,920 including options, destination and delivery.