Official: Lincoln reveals MKC compact crossover ahead of LA debut [w/video]

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Lincoln MKC

It used to be that if you wanted a luxury SUV, you had to go big. Just look at the first high-riders released by some of the major luxury automakers – Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX – and you’ll see what we mean. But since 2009 the small premium crossover segment has grown a whopping 200 percent, so it’s no surprise that each has followed up with smaller luxury crossovers. And this is the latest.

At the other end of the utility spectrum from the Navigator, the new Lincoln MKC is based on the Ford Escape (much as the old pseudo-premium Mercury Mariner was), but completely rebodied and luxed up to put it in another league. Although we’re still not sold on Lincoln’s family fascia, the grille treatment on the MKC is certainly one of the better variations on the theme to date. The Dart-like rear lights dominate the wrap-around tailgate, and the overall shape looks taut and upscale. The same can be said of the dynamically-designed interior, taking the concept revealed in Detroit earlier this year to production fairly seamlessly.

Power will come from a choice of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct injection: a 2.0-liter with 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, or a slightly punchier new 2.3-liter with 275 hp and 300 lb-ft. Lincoln didn’t disclose what transmission they’ll be mated to, but did note that the MKC carries the brand’s “signature” push-button gear shifter. It comes standard in front drive, but buyers who upgrade to all-wheel drive (or tick the right box) will also benefit from a new adaptive suspension Lincoln calls Continuously Controlled Damping. Other features include an approach-detection system that lights the car up and projects a Lincoln “welcome mat” on the pavement when you get close to the car, and a “bread-crumbing” feature that lets you track where your vehicle has been.

The new MKC follows the launch of the MKZ sedan as the second in a four-model product intensive that’s aimed at revitalizing the Lincoln brand. Only time will tell how that works out, but we’ll have more impressions in person from the floor of the Los Angeles Convention Center next week, so watch this space. In the meantime you can scope out the images in the gallery above and the videos and press release below.

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