By on November 13, 2013

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Much like Jeremy Clarkson and the Vauxhall Vectra, the Lincoln MKZ will forever live in infamy in TTAC lore, but I’m a little more optimistic for the MKC, whch is set to bow at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

As we discovered on the Jeep Cherokee drive, the 2.0L Ecoboost Ford Escape is a wonderful drive – and the MKC, which shares its underpinnings with the Escape, will get the two-point-oh as its base engine. Optional on the MKC will be the long-rumored 2.3L version, making 275 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque (this engine is also expected to appear in the 2015 Mustang).

An all-new interior (including a funky-looking angled center stack) and the bespoke engine help differentiate the MKC from the Escape – unlike the MKZ, which many felt to be a visual downgrade from the Fusion, the Lincoln design language appears to work quite well with the crossover shape. A good thing, since this car will be crucial in China, Lincoln’s next big expansion target.

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104 Comments on “Lincoln MKC Debuts 2.3L Ecoboost...”


  • avatar
    philadlj

    Jezza actually liked the VXR Vectra…at least until he tried to drive it around a corner quickly:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1OBqrfIQOM&t=5m40s

    The MKC looks great on the outside, and due to it being a smallish CUV it should sell quite well, but I still don’t think Lincoln gets it when it comes to interiors. Look at all that hard-looking plastic! Here’s also hoping the push-button tranny isn’t as intermittently laggy as it is on the MKZ.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      My thoughts exactly. The dash looks quite hard and hollow.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I net that this Mercury…errr, I mean The Lincoln Motor Company, H.M.S. MKC has at least the positive attributes, whatever and however many they may be, of the Ford Escape.

      • 0 avatar
        jz78817

        I like how you act like you can tell how a surface feels (or what’s behind it) from touched-up press photos.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          I think that everyone here (including Blue Oval loyalists) knows that this is a just an Escape with a larger motor {hushed voice:}and not a very refined one, at that, if you read the comments below from people who’ve driven it).

          If someone likes this, just buy a up-spec’d Escape and save yourself 10 grand or more.

          Anyone buying this Lincoln Horseless Carriage & Coach HMS compact cute ute that is essentially an Escape for anything remotely close to 40k or more truly deserves pity & prayers.

          AmIright Tres?

          • 0 avatar
            badcoffee

            That up spec escape is going to run a lot closer to 45k than 35

          • 0 avatar
            jz78817

            “I think that everyone here (including Blue Oval loyalists) knows that this is a just an Escape with a larger motor {hushed voice:}and not a very refined one, at that, if you read the comments below from people whove driven it).”

            pssst… one of those people was talking about a SAAB engine, you worthless troll.

            “Anyone buying this Lincoln Horseless Carriage & Coach HMS compact cute ute that is essentially an Escape for anything remotely close to 40k or more truly deserves pity & prayers.

            AmIright Tres?”

            nobody in the market for a vehicle like this even knows who you are, much less cares what you think.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            That’s what I like about it, it’s a better Escape, perfect!

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            jz7, I’m sorry that my comments about the MKesCape hurt your vagina.

            I’m confident many people will enjoy this forthcoming 40k+ more nicely equipped Honda CR-V sized (or smaller, a d definitely less reliable/durable) Cute Ute, though.

            Let’s be honest, though, your hurt vagina notwithstanding; luxurious or remotely worth its MSRP it is neither.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Smaller and smaller luxury vehicles make me sad. :( My brain is still stuck in the Lincoln/Cadillac should be physically imposing.

    • 0 avatar

      This is for China, not America

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Where did you read that? Everything I’ve read makes mention of the fact that it will be an integral factor in Lincoln’s Chinese expansion, but not that the car is exclusively for the Chinese market.

        • 0 avatar
          epsilonkore

          If an American luxury marque’s model is not sold in the USA, the Chinese wont want it. It has to be sold here, bought by “affluent” Americans to be deemed at least a consideration in China. Buick was kept during GM’s restructuring as a US brand instead of just offering it to China for the same reason. So even if a small CUV wont appeal to Americans because of quirky cheap interior designs and small “non tranditional American luxury ” size… the fact that its sold here will propel its sales in China, hence “it was built for the Chinese market”.

          • 0 avatar
            2kriss2kross

            Not true. Buick sold rebadged Opel Corsas and still sells rebadged and refreshed variants of the Daewoo Lacetti (better known in the US as the Suzuki Forenza sedan/Reno hatchback) and they’re everywhere in China. They also sell the GL8 van and again, they’re everywhere in China. The Chinese are more focused on the badge not whether or not the car is sold in the brand’s home market. They’ll eat up anything with a prestigious foreign badge.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        “This is for China, not America”

        Source please, I have read nothing saying this was “China only”

    • 0 avatar

      The XTS and ESCALADE as well as the Lincoln MKS have great looks and in my opinion are physically imposing cars. My problem is there’s nothing behind the looks.

      Meanwhile, the Chrysler 300/Charger/Jeep offer you far superior engne choices.

      If the MKS was a standard 3.5 Ecoboost and had something more powerful optional, then I’d look at it with reverence. For now: I scoff at it.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I suspect the target audience will scoff as well but we’ll see.

      • 0 avatar
        TrailerTrash

        see…i agree that the MKS is a very nice car, I totally dissagree on the Chrysler products having superior engines.
        In fact, I think that Chrysler has been skating on some verrrrry old hemi engine tech. The MPG suck big time. Its still the old power and poor MPG.
        And this with RWD.
        I do think everybody likes their electronics and nav above all others…but really, their engine tech is still from 10 years ago.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          That might be why Chrysler Group is Tesla’s largest customer for EV credits. If they really want to raise their fleet fuel economy, they could remove the option for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 on the Durango and Grand Cherokee. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is plenty, and I doubt they’d lose very many customers if it were the only mainstream engine. They should, of course, keep offering the 6.4-liter HEMI in the SRT8 Grand Cherokee…

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Kyree

            But by doing so they would lose a man card. Even if the take rate on the Hemi is <10% they still offer it and thus can claim to have it available in marketing. How many call out Lincoln/Cadillac for either not offering a V8 (MkTaurus/MkFusion/XTS/CTS/SRX) at all or making it in such a limited model few buy it (CTS-V).

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            You can either choose to believe that the largest data set regarding reliability, pegging in at 1.1 million detailed responses annually, then processed in accordance with statistical scientific sampling methodology has merit, or it doesn’t.

            If you’re in the former camp, and therefore lend credibility (not infallibility, but credibility) to Consumer Reports’ reliability index, then Ford has precisely two motors out of a dozen or so that they currently produce that are at least of average reliability, while the rest are either below or well below average.

            In fact, no manufacturer with the lone exception of Jaguar fares worse than Ford in this regard, based on CR’s most recent and comprehensive index.

            Chrysler fares much better in this regard according to the same index.

        • 0 avatar
          Wacko

          but bigtrucks is basically the worlds biggest mopar fanboy.
          I’m starting to think he is actually paid by Chryco

          • 0 avatar

            Wacko

            YES…CHRYSLER DOES PAY ME…WITH EXCITEMENT, FUN and EXCELLENT PRODUCTS.

          • 0 avatar
            DevilsRotary86

            Wacko, I wouldn’t go that far about Big Trucks. He IS a fanboy but there is nothing wrong with that. Personally, no, there is nothing in Chrysler’s line up of cars that would even remotely interest me, nor I would actually want to pay real money for. But, that’s me. I just prefer a different sort of car; one that Chrysler just doesn’t sell right now.

            For me, I am a rotary fan boy ( may God have mercy on my soul).

        • 0 avatar

          #1 People with the money DON’T GIVE A SH!T ABOUT GAS MILEAGE.

          #2 The HEMI is a PROVEN engine that’ll go to 200,000+ with regular maintenance.

          #3 the Pentastar offers enough power to move the cars/SUV’s with the 8-speed nicely, but the HEMI will remain a motor for people who grew up with “the big V8″ and the SRT8 will remain an enthusiast motor.

          GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT…

          Or end up like LINCOLN.

          • 0 avatar
            whynot

            Of course people with the money usually don’t care if the motor can last 200,000+ miles- most have no plans on keeping the car that long.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Truly wealthy people might care about post 100K and resale. Noveau riche do not.

          • 0 avatar
            golden2husky

            A not insignificant portion of old money, do care about wasting resources or excessive bling. Noveau riche feed on wasting resources because their shallow egos need the nourishment. Not everybody wants a HEMI, though offering it for those who want it is fine.

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          These perceptions aren’t really true. The Hemi Ram beats Ford’s V8 fuel economy and gets the same combined mileage as the 3.5L GTDI Ford F150 without the additional complication of a high pressure fuel system and twin turbochargers. Sometimes the simpler solution is the better one.

        • 0 avatar
          SC5door

          The oldest Chrysler engine is the 2.4L GEMA motor in the Avenger and 200. Everything else has been updated, and is nowhere near 10 year old tech. Funny on how they can still make very competitive power from the 3.6L without the expense and hassle of direct injection.

        • 0 avatar
          Wheeljack

          It’s not like the current Hemi is just a refresh of the 1960′s 426 Hemi. Just because an engine has pushrods doesn’t mean it is “low tech” or “old tech”.

          If you take a look at history, I believe you will find that overhead cam engines pre-date overhead valve pushrod engines.

      • 0 avatar
        Compaq Deskpro

        The thing could be a Coyote powered suicide doors miracle Lincoln, I’m not going anywhere near it if I can’t see out of it.

      • 0 avatar
        SC5door

        The front of the MKS is OK at best and the rear they totally lost it. The previous generation MKS looked just fine with the plate in the trunk area. When you get the rear camera on the current MKS it looks like faucet on the back.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          The best implementation of a rearview camera is that of the Volkswagen CC, whose logo swivels up to expose the camera upon shifting into reverse. I believe BMW has borrowed this tactic as well. I also like the way the F-150′s camera is integrated into the logo. The best foreview camera mount-point that I’ve seen is one of the current Audi vehicles, which has its camera mounted on the grille, inside of either the first or the last ring on the logo.

          These are innocuous things, but they matter to me. I don’t understand why so many modern cars have strange appendages everywhere and why the manufacturers don’t do a better job of blending those elements in.

          • 0 avatar
            dtremit

            The VW camera is a slick feature, but honestly, I’d rather have a fixed camera with no moving parts to break. Some manufacturers seem to have managed to hide them pretty convincingly — the CHMSL on the 300/Charger (maybe others?) that has a camera at one end and a trunk release button mirroring it at the other is pretty well done.

        • 0 avatar
          jz78817

          the problem with the MKS is that the Taurus is 90% of the car at 70% of the price. At least now with these new vehicles they’re making Lincolns stand further apart from related Ford models.

          I do, however, agree with people who say Lincoln needs a halo car, one that has no equivalent in a Ford showroom. GM keeps vacillating on a flagship Cadillac.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            The Taurus is hands down the best sedan Ford has made in a decade or more, IMO, and better than many current competing sedans (including the now ruined Toyota Avalon).

            It gets no respect for bullshit reasons, yet deserves praise for its solidity, build quality, NVH refinement and clean, masculine exterior styling.

            It’s a strange world we occupy when one of Ford’s best cars in decades is barely advertised by Ford and sells at a rate that is a small fraction of much of the other garbage Ford is pumping out currently.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        I’m never one to turn down horsepower, but a 350 hp mini SUV seems like overkill to me.

    • 0 avatar
      Panther Platform

      I agree with you completely. A Lincoln in my mind should be a big car, with a big engine, and a long hood. The Town Car was the last real Lincoln.

  • avatar
    Øyvind Birkeland

    I’m looking forward to Derek’s capsule review on this one! I see they are using the same steering wheel as in the MKZ. Bring your sun/welding glasses, there will be more lens flare in that car than a J.J. Abrams movie.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m not sure it’s exactly the same wheel. According to DeLorenzo’s site:

      “To be more consistent with the Lincoln driving experience, an all-new Lincoln steering wheel debuts on MKC and will be available on all future Lincoln vehicles. This highly tactile leather-wrapped wheel provides better feeling and control and puts the brand’s new design DNA in the driver’s hands, according to Lincoln.”

  • avatar
    TybeeJim

    If the interior is sufficiently upgraded over the Escape, it should do well in the market. The naysayers need only look to the upcoming Porsche Macan which many think will become Porsche’s best seller in short order leaving the sports cars in the rearview mirror, figuratively and in some cases, literally. What’s happening here first manifested itself in the Mini Cooper which is a rather expensive small car. But these are “de rigur” in Europe where gas is wretchedly expensive. Our current cheap gas is likely just a passing event before it goes up again as the middle east goes in the toilet. And CUVs are a rapidly growing segment in Europe if my recent trip to Italy is any gauge. Rome, where parking is a major issue, it’s all smart cars, Fiat 500s, small VWs and other mini cars of every ilk. Only when you get out in the country do you start seeing cars of any size and many are BMW X1s, Audi Q3s and the like. This will soon be be the way of the world, except for trucks in the US which will continue to flourish as the economy rebounds and construction expands.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    “A good thing, since this car will be crucial in China, Lincoln’s next big expansion target.”

    Good luck Lincoln Presidential Imperial Motoramic Co Ltd, folks in China have more selection that you could imagine and much better taste than the proles in NA. If you wanted to really impress them you should have found a way to re-create the “Continental” magic from years back, not Fords on stilts with high import duty. You think they will be “exclusive” and I couldn’t disagree more. Is this thing even going to be big enough for the wealthy to have drivers and still enjoy a decent backseat? Doesn’t look like it in the pics and the Escape is anything but big. This is when you’re going to rue the day you decided to just clone FWD Fords instead of building a real medium sized Lincoln model out of the Mustang or Interceptor concept, one you could just easily stretch a little for a LWB variant and go head to head with Chinese domestically produced BMW 5s, E350s, and soon even Cadillac RWD sedans.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      Good rant, I think that if the Chinese really wanted the MKC they would’ve copied it already and sold it as an “Exciting Urban President Stroller SP”, and it’d probably look a little better!

      Sometimes I wonder why the heck car companies are so obsessed with China while throwing subpar products our way.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I would say from a business standpoint you ignore China at your peril. However from a product standpoint I wonder if the “product” Ford/LM and GM are pushing in NA and China is product the Chinese actually want.

        • 0 avatar
          jz78817

          GM sells almost 70,000 Buicks in China in one month, yet you say such a thing.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I was referring more to Cadillac. I don’t have sales figures but there are several Buick models in the lineup not available in North America, I wonder which do better the China only ones or the global Buick models?

      • 0 avatar
        Luke42

        “Sometimes I wonder why the heck car companies are so obsessed with China while throwing subpar products our way.”

        Because China is a huge market.

        Despite the huge numbers of poor people in China, there are more upper class Chinese than there are Americans of any income level… It’s not a market that a global company can ignore lightly.

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        “Sometimes I wonder why the heck car companies are so obsessed with China while throwing subpar products our way.”

        China surpassed the US as the world’s biggest car market in 2009. And they still have 2-3 Americas worth of people to put in cars.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Using a baseball analogy, before these guys try for the longball, I think they need to focus on remembering how to hit singles and doubles.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I dislike the extra slanty large original Gameboy they’ve grafted to the dash.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    It certainly looks a lot nicer than the Escape. I’m still not really sold on Turbo I4s in luxury vehicles though.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    Im not a fan. For a supposed luxury crossover, it just doesnt seem that special. I am sure it will come with a $45k price tag (ish). While I dont doubt it will be a nice vehicle, I just dont think Ford/Lincoln has done enough to justify the prices for the new Liincolns. IMO

    • 0 avatar
      George B

      Exactly! What woman under 70 not married to a Ford-Lincoln dealer chooses a >$40k Lincoln MKC when they could get a new Lexus RX 350 or BMW X3 for that same money? Not that the MKC is bad, but it’s neither better nor unique in the rather crowded luxury CUV segment. You have to rebuild the Lincoln brand before you can charge luxury brand prices.

      • 0 avatar
        Wacko

        That and that a Lincoln is basically just a ford with lipstick.
        sure they take it a step further then just changing the badges, but still just a chromed up ford.
        The lexus and bmw yes are based on other cars, but are not just different sheet metal, and interior like a Lincoln

        • 0 avatar
          SC5door

          Yes this Lincoln shares the platform with the Escape, EXACTLY how Lexus does it: Change the sheet metal, suspension, and interior.

          You act as if Lexus does something magical with platforms. So congrats, a Lexus ES is (now) an Avalon with some lipstick.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Dead on George B even if MKEscape and RX were somehow identical in platform, drivetrain, and options I’d still venture to say 8 of 10 will choose RX for similar money.

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      A $45kish price tag on one of these would be a highly optioned model. I would expect this to start in the mid 30K like the MKZ and Q5.

      • 0 avatar
        dtremit

        Exactly. The MKX (which this will slot in beneath) already starts a hair under $40k.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        MKC starts at $33,995 and that’s fairly well equipped add AWD and the 2.3 it’s about $37,000 not a bad price point

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          37k for this compact Cute Ute is nothing short of asinine. One can roll into an infinitely superior & infinitely more reliable Lexus RX350 for a few grand more.

          Lincoln is so badly mismanaged that it’s truly difficult to comprehend.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            A few grand more? The RX350 starts at $39,750 that’s SIX few grand more. I find that significant

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            37,xxx from 39,xxx is about 2 or 3 grand based on your statement that the MKesCape 2.3 is around 37k.

            So for a few grand more, a person would either have to be a Ford employee or clinically insane to not spend an extra 7% to 12% more to get the Lexus RX350, which is not one or two, but three levels superior to the MKesCape in terms of quality, refinement, reliability and everything and anything else.

            I truly don’t understand how Lincoln as a brand, especially given the high price point and subpar quality of its vehicles, can be legitimately defended as viable.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Huh??? 39K -33K = 6K These are starting prices. The RX with the same equipment is $43K, still $6K more

  • avatar
    Halftruth

    I like it. I even like the slanted dash. I think they will sell a ton of ‘em.

  • avatar
    faygo

    I don’ think the center stack is really _that_ angled, it just looks like it in the second to last pic in the gallery. in the other shots it looks like the typical angle which is common in many vehicles these days. probably to allow you better access to the bottom of the stack which is farther away from your hands on the steering wheel.

  • avatar
    ant

    I would rather have an RDX

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I don’t understand the hate. This is the first Lincoln to have great styling in a very long time. Unlike the MKS and MKT that are built on Volvo bones or the lackluster MKX, this is built on the fairly-athletic chassis of the Escape, Focus and C-Max, and I’m sure that’ll manifest here. If Lincoln styles all of its future cars this well, I can actually picture a Volkswagen/Audi kind of relationship, wherein Lincoln vehicles use Ford platforms, engines and basic parts, but with significant upgrades and handling. It would also help if Lincoln sold enough cars to warrant standalone dealerships and if the brand came up with more-distinctive letter combinations, but those are quibbles for another time.

    It’s also worth noting that the 2.3-liter engine will be tuned higher than this in the Mustang.

    • 0 avatar
      Øyvind Birkeland

      I agree, in these times with extensive platform sharing, it will be economically impossible for Lincoln develop their own platforms, especially since Ford already have some really nice ones to build on. But they have to really do the right moves with design and performance to make it worth the extra $$.
      I do like the design on this one!

    • 0 avatar
      LeeK

      Another good post Kyree. You always have an insightful and positive comment to make. It’s refreshing amongst the trolls and haters who were burned by VWs they owned fifteen years ago and can’t seem to let go of the rage.

      Thanks — a fan.

  • avatar
    Øyvind Birkeland

    Now with these more euro-friendly engines, I wonder if they will make them with amber turn signals so we can use them over here in Europe as well. I don’t know how chinese rear turn signal rules are hopefully they also require amber colored ones.

    • 0 avatar
      Onus

      Ah good post. I’m an amber man myself.

      The chinese pretty much use ece / ece based regulations. So amber is required.

      Most Lincolns I’ve seen have amber turn signals anyways (prestige?). I’m still angry that ford didn’t make the fusion taillights amber. I mean its going to have amber signals in Europe and ford was on a role with amber signals for awhile. Shame.

  • avatar
    blackbolt

    Huge market may be why.

  • avatar
    slance66

    Very nice looking small crossover. Attractive without some of the space age look that plagues the MKZ. I think they will sell tons of them. This would be Lincon’s biggest seller upon release, and by double the volume of anything else they sell. I doubt that the price will be much different from a Titanium Escape, maybe an extra $1k.

  • avatar
    ...m...

    …it strikes me that all these new cars really should have been mercurys, but instead lincoln has moved downmarket to do what mercury did at its best, and in the process abandoned lincoln’s legacy luxury market…higher-volume semi-luxury trim on shared platforms may make a sound business case, but i suspect many potential customers are thrown off by that discongruity between historical and modern branding…

    • 0 avatar
      jz78817

      problem with your statement is that Lincoln “moved downmarket” a couple of decades ago. Which is precisely what squeezed Mercury out. People who call the MKZ “badge engineered” need to be slapped *hard* several times and forced to drive a Milan for a year.

      “and in the process abandoned lincolns legacy luxury market”

      Uh, the problem with “Lincoln’s legacy luxury market” is that the youngest age bracket of that market segment is now 95.

  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    Sooner they bury Lincoln the better. Much better to do that instead of having a travesty above wearing the badge.
    What ever happened to the REAL Lincolns?
    http://www.legacydiecast.com/product_images/ym24088.jpg
    http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4096/4921571928_82c6eae130_o.jpg

  • avatar
    el scotto

    This or an X1 or an Encore? All I want is a trucklet that will haul two guys and two sets of clubs; a touch of four wheel drive for snow, parking at the polo match, and driving to the fly fishing stream. Also, something I won’t have a conniption fit and a triple brain hemorrhage when it gets some dings. Also must be able to haul dead fish and GF’s kids after a sporting event. Acura dealer is an hour away in Richmond and I won’t get a G Wagon until I can get one with gunports.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Neither. This isn’t a subcompact CUV. It’s a compact CUV. Rather than competing with the X1, Q3, XC40 and GLA (three of which aren’t even here yet), the MKC competes with the X3, Q5, XC60 and GLK…

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        “Rather than competing with the X1, Q3, XC40 and GLA (three of which aren’t even here yet), the MKC competes with the X3, Q5, XC60 and GLK…”

        “The track width is about 1 in. (2.5 cm) wider than anything else off C1,” says Lisa Drake, Lincoln chief engineer.

        Boom, there it is. The “TRACK WIDTH” of the MKesCape is a WHOLE 1 INCH wider then the Ford Escape!

        I’m convinced!

  • avatar
    jimbob457

    Yoicks! 3719 lb. powered by a “twin turbo” 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine. Hoped for market, China. Go for the cash and the flash. Can you imagine the condition of a typical example after 10 years service in a still developing country?

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      Yeah, it may not look so good in Alabama

    • 0 avatar
      LeeK

      I’ve spent a lot of time in China in the past year. The roads there are superior to any modern US city owing to the fact that everything is brand new due to the explosive economic growth. The difference between Beijing traffic and Atlanta traffic is that in Beijing, lanes are more like guidelines and the rush hours last about six hours in the morning and another six in the afternoon. If you ignore the writing on the buildings and just observe the cars, you would think you were in Stuttgart with all the German makes on the road, interspersed with the occasional Buick, Hyundai, or Honda. The commercial vehicles are all Chinese, though.

  • avatar
    Shawnski

    I like it and more plush than our Escape. The 2.0 is an eager good sounding engine, nice all around upgrade with 2.3 wider track and lower CG.

  • avatar
    JD321

    Lucky for all of us that the Chinese have adult tastes…can you imagine the infantile and just goofy car designs if there were 1.4B japanese?

  • avatar
    Spartan

    All these posters whining about platform sharing when the average customer couldn’t care less and doesn’t notice. This isn’t a case of the GMC Suburban and Chevrolet Suburban platform sharing/badge engineering of yesteryear.

    I like it. I wouldn’t buy it because I need a lot more room than what this has, but I do like it. I think the problem here is that the Lincoln name is so badly damaged that it just needs a new name period. When you say I drive a (Benz, Caddy, BMW, Lexus, Audi), people don’t cringe. When you say I drive a Lincoln, you’re driving a dead brand and a dead president.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Is that a dash with actual buttons I see? That alone would be a step forward!

  • avatar
    LeeK

    I like it. The Escape’s interior is a little funky and probably won’t age well. The Lincoln’s reworking looks classy.

    This segment of the car market is a tremendously important one for all auto makers. For Ford, Having an upscale version of their popular compact CUV is a very wise offering as customers continue to eschew traditional sedans and migrate to smallish CUVs instead. I know this drives many TTAC posters insane, but the market goes where it goes and this looks like it could be an excellent step for restoring Lincoln’s battered image.

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    Winner!

    Already on the shopping list.

    I’d like Sajeev to hold it up to the new Lincoln design language (thank goodness “krill mouth” is being phased out) and perhaps compare-contrast to the Ford donor vehicle.

    My wife (the good doctor) is a petite size zero and doesn’t like to drive big cars – they don’t fit her. Not that she doesn’t like midsize and up, it’s just she doesn’t like to drive ‘em. For instance, she found our recent rental, a Maxima, to be just a tad too large for her comfort.

    Decided a small AWD CUV is her next ride, and she’s seen the new Cherokee in the flesh and likes it (it truly is better in person – and please, no “not a real Jeep” comments. I had moderately lifted YJ for years. My wife wants nothing to do with “real Jeeps” after that.)

    This little number from Lincoln will join the Cherokee on the consideration list this summer.


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