As the all-new 2015 MKC will reach U.S. showrooms this month, Lincoln has released new photos and information about its small premium utility vehicle. An important update is that the 2.3-liter has been rated at 285hp at 5,500 rpm and 305 lb-ft (413 Nm) of torque at 2,750 rpm, or 10 hp and 5 lb-ft (6.7 Nm) over the initial figures.
With the help of Active Grille Shutters, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost has an EPA-estimated rating of 18 mpg (13 l/100km) city/26 mpg (9 l/100km) highway/21 mpg (11.2 l/100km) combined - in standard FWD configuration.
The Lincoln MKC will be offered with a standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine producing 240hp at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) of torque at 3,000 rpm. EPA-estimated ratings for the front-wheel drive model are 20 mpg (11.7 l/100km) city/29 mpg (8.1 l/100 km) highway/23 mpg (10.2 l/100km) combined, while the model fitted with the optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive returns 19 mpg (12.4 l/100km) city/26 mpg (9 l/100km) highway/22 mpg (10.7 l/100km) combined.
Both engines are linked to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The base price for the 2.0-liter front-wheel drive model is $33,995, including destination and delivery charges.
The Lincoln MKC will also be sold in China alongside the MKZ sedan when the Lincoln brand debuts there later this year. The 2015 MKC is currently being produced at Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky.