Lincoln MKC is a Ford Kuga/Escape with clamshell boot, posh interior

It’s not quite as pretty as the earlier MKC Concept, but the new Lincoln MKC does have quite a number of distinguishing features, including a completely unique body and interior, and a new and, for now, exclusive engine.

Under the bonnet the top-spec Lincoln MKC models debut Ford’s 2.3-litre turbocharged (sorry, EcoBoost) 4-cylinder engine. This motor turns out 205kW (275hp) of power and 407Nm (300lb-ft) of torque. Cheaper versions make do with 2-litre EcoBoost that generates 179kW (240hp) of power and 366Nm (270lb-ft) of torque. Depending on the model, power goes to either front or all four wheels.

In place of an regular automatic gear stick, the MKC features PRND buttons arrayed vertically along the centre stack area.

Kit available on the new MKC includes panoramic sunroof; 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels; adjustable suspension settings; active grille shutters to improve aerodynamic efficiency; driver fatigue warning; lane keeping assistance; blind spot monitoring; radar-guided cruise control; heated and cooled front seats; and climate control.

Top shelf models will have a entertainment system featuring the MyLincoln Touch 8-inch touchscreen, 14-speaker THX-certified sound system and voice recogition.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]