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2018 Lincoln MKC Introduction

The Lincoln MKC luxury compact crossover SUV shares its foundation and much of its structure with the long-lived Ford Escape. In appearance, the two models differ. Lincoln introduced its Lincoln MKC as a 2015 model.

Little has changed for the 2018 model year. Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label trim levels are offered. Even the base model is well-equipped. With its brightly shining interior, in particular, the Lincoln MKC delivers on the level of luxury promised by the Lincoln brand.

Lincoln offers a choice of two powertrains. Base engine is a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder that develops 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Pushbuttons make selections on the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is estimated at up to 23 mpg in Combined city/highway driving.

The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet, sufficient to permit acceleration to 60 mph in less than seven seconds, a quick performance. This engine is an option for all Lincoln MKC trim levels except Premiere, but is not offered for the Ford Escape.

Each Lincoln MKC version is offered with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The 285-horsepower, 2.3-liter engine comes only with all-wheel drive.

Available Stop/Start technology can shut off the 2.0-liter engine at stoplights, to help save fuel. An adaptive suspension with continuously controlled dampers is available for upper trim levels. With either engine, an Lincoln MKC is rated to tow 3,000 pounds.

In its crash-testing program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the Lincoln MKC only a four-star overall rating. The Lincoln MKC earned a five-star score for the side-impact test, but four stars for frontal impact and rollover resistance (a calculated figure). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has put the Lincoln MKC through only part of its crash-test program, giving it a Good rating for side-impact and moderate overlap testing.

A rearview camera is standard. Blind-spot monitoring is included or available with upper trim levels. An optional Technology Package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and parking assist.

A reworked Lincoln MKC is scheduled for release in summer 2018 as a 2019 model, with revised styling and a pre-collision safety system.

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