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MKC CONTINUES TO SHINE FOR LINCOLN

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Last year, about 25,000 units of the MKC were sold. Launched little less than 1½ years ago, this compact luxury SUV has come as a fresh boost of much-needed air for Lincoln. Available in all-wheel or front-wheel drive, the five-passenger ride comes in a 2.0-liter or 2.3-liter power train, both turbocharged. Our test vehicle was the latter putting out 285 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 305 pounds-feet of torque @ 2750 rpm. That is plenty for the 3,989-pound vehicle to scoot from any speed. The 6-speed auto gear box is effortless.
A split-winged grille with the centered Lincoln emblem, surrounded by HID headlights and LED accents, conveys a powerful stance. But it is in the lavish, modish and beautifully made cabin that the MKC justly shines. Out goes the MyLincoln Touch to be replaced by an all-new and user-friendly Sync3, an interface to control audio, phone and navigation systems via voice, touch or both. Passenger and cargo room is plenty with 25.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 53.1 cubic feet behind the first row. Dual-zone auto climate control, three-spoke manual leather steering wheel, 10-way power driver and 4-way front-passenger seats, 60/40 flat second-row bench, hands-free lift gate and the Lincoln welcome/farewell light elements when you enter or exit are standard. 
As we said at the outset, the MKC has been a boon for the lagging Lincoln brand. The ride is quick and nimble as you would expect from any sedan. And passengers can sit, relax and enjoy the coziness of this luxury SUV.

MKC
Tires: P235/50R18
Wheelbase: 105.9 inches
Length: 179.2 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, independent rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 15.5 gallons
City: 18 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Base price: $42,955
Web site: www.lincoln.com

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