For Lincoln, the MKC represents an important step for the brand as it looks to re-establish itself among a tougher-than-ever group of competitors. Spied testing with little camouflage on it, the 2015 Lincoln MKC stays remarkably true to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show concept vehicle that inspired it.
Built on the same chassis as the Ford Escape and designed to compete against the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, the 2015 Lincoln MKC is the second model to emerge from the brand’s full-on product offensive after the MKZ sedan. The MKC is expected to come with a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and may even adopt a bigger powerplant for added motivation in upper-end models.
Seen for the first time in these spy shots, the center instruments are dominated by flush MyLincoln Touch infotainment controls. Ford has said that it will install more real buttons in future models, but the MKC might have been too far along in development to have benefited from this change of heart.
Recently at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California, Lincoln introduced its new Black Label series on a 2014 Lincoln MKZ and a concept version of the MKX that looked like it was simply a resprayed, reupholstered version of the original Detroit concept car. We were hoping that Lincoln would have the gumption to introduce the MKC at Pebble if only because it seemed like a soft move versus the cannonball that was the Cadillac Elmiraj not too far away.
Based on what we’re seeing from these spy shots, we don’t think Lincoln has much to worry about in the looks department. However, we wonder just how far separated it could be from the Escape to justify what should be significantly prices.