Los Angeles 2013: Lincoln MKC, Gets Brand Specific 2.3 Liter EcoBoost

TTAC Staff
by TTAC Staff
los angeles 2013 lincoln mkc gets brand specific 2 3 liter ecoboost

There are so many automakers chasing the segment, perceived to be red hot, that one is tempted to set up a keyboard macro to type out “compact crossover”. The next step in Ford’s attempt to revive the Lincoln brand is exactly one of those, the 2015 MKC.

Though it’s based on the Ford Escape, the relationship isn’t obvious, with the MKC getting all new sheetmetal integrating the latest version of Lincoln’s split-wing grille and the brand’s new signature, taillamps that run from corner to corner. Offered on the MKC but not available on the Escape will be the new 2.3 liter EcoBoost four cylinder engine with 275 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque (the base 2 liter EcoBoost is rated at 240/270). Available in either front wheel drive or all wheel drive, the MKC offers what Lincoln is calling Continuously Controlled Damping adaptive suspension.

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  • MadHungarian MadHungarian on Nov 21, 2013

    What will Lincoln do once they have gone through all 26 letters of the alphabet paired with "MK"? Just curious. Or is that question based on the false premise that the brand will last long enough for that to happen?

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Nov 22, 2013

      @Lorenzo A sensible naming scheme? Now you're dreaming Lorenzo.

  • Npbheights Npbheights on Nov 21, 2013

    Horizontal tail lights that "run corner to corner" is hardly a new "brand signature" for Lincoln. The previous MKZ had nearly continuous horizontal tail lights. Mark VIII certainly did. Town Cars from 1980-1997 had some form of red reflector running from corner to corner, as did the 75-79 Continental.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Nov 22, 2013

      There's a big difference between full width tail light reflectors and lighted lamps, especially if they're LEDs. Then they can spell out messages to the car following, like, "You're too close - back off". THAT would be unique, at first. It would be easily copied, then the NHTSA will get in the act and mandate warning messages, so, never mind.

  • Lou_BC "15mpg EPA" The 2023 ZR2 Colorado is supposed to be 16 mpg
  • ToolGuy "The more aerodynamic, organic shape of the Mark VIII meant ride height was slightly lower than before at 53.6 inches, over 54.2” for the Mark VII."• I am not sure that ride height means what you think it means.Elaboration: There is some possible disagreement about what "ride height" refers to. Some say ground clearance, some say H point (without calling it that), some say something else. But none of those people would use a number of over 4 feet for a stock Mark anything.Then you go on to use it correctly ("A notable advancement in the Mark VIII’s suspension was programming to lower the ride height slightly at high speeds, which assisted fuel economy via improved aerodynamics.") so what do I know. Plus, I ended a sentence with a preposition. 🙂
  • ToolGuy The dealer knows best. 🙂
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