The 2018 Lincoln MKC will once again be among the best compact crossovers in this burgeoning segment. This luxury SUV shares the same platform with the Ford Escape. It manages to distinguish itself as a uniquely styled and surprisingly well appointed model. Some of the recently introduced updates will make the MKC even more youthful and appealing. As well as packed with the company’s latest technology. Of course, that level of sophistication comes with a substantial price tag. The small luxury crossover will definitely be ready to take on several formidable rivals, including the Audi Q3, Acura RDX, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. According to some reports, the 2018 MKC is likely to go on sale by mid-2017.
2018 Lincoln MKC Design Changes
Although the MKC is intended to appeal primarily to younger buyers, it retains some of Lincoln’s traditional styling cues. Probably the most recognizable feature is the split-wing grille flanked by sleek HID headlights. That make this crossover’s front end particularly dynamic and attractive. The rear end boasts an equally appealing appearance, with full-width LED taillights as its most prominent part. If you add well sculpted body panels and a flowing roofline, you get a sleek-looking SUV that can hardly be matched by its competition.
When it comes to interior design and comfort, the 2018 Lincoln MKC will offer a slew of high-end materials. Those are smartly incorporated with sleek styling features that make its cabin one of the most pleasant places to be. The model will also benefit from the recent mid-cycle upgrade. Because of that it has a longer list of standard amenities that had previously been optional. Those include Auto Stop/Start and Auto Hold braking offered with FWD models, as well as an enhanced version of Sync 3 audio that now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2018 MKC Engine Department
The 2018 Lincoln MKC will once again be offered with two turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engines. The entry-level 2.0-liter generates an output of 240 horsepower and and 270 pound-feet of torque. That one propels the Ford Escape too. The more powerful option comes in the form of a 2.3-liter unit churning out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Both powertrains will be matched with a six-speed SelectShift automatic gearbox equipped with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
When it comes to the luxury compact crossovers, the MKC has been one of the most appealing options ever since its launch. We expect the 2018 Lincoln to retain its current position or even to broaden its appeal.