I've always felt like the design department kind of dropped the ball on that. To me the panel and the exhaust treatment doesn't fit with the classy design of the whole vehicle....it actually looks cheap in my view....too much like the Ford Escape.
Imagine driving down the road, meeting an MKC, oohing and aahing over that classy, sleek front end only to glance in the rearview mirror for another look and you're like, "what the he** is that hanging below that beautiful clam shell rear hatch!
They could have and did do better...look at the rear of the 2016 MKX.
I love my MKC and it has been flawless so far....will turn 10K shortly.