Lincoln steps up the game with luxury crossover
CAN LINCOLN ever be cool? For years the luxury side of the Ford Motor Company has been fighting to shed its square-pants image.
That’s changing. Peg it to the moment when the commercial with Matthew McConaughey driving the Lincoln MKC lit up the TV. That handsome actor with the sexy eyes, delivering a moody monologue about the MKC is lifting the old fogey fog off the brand.
I fell for it, and so did a lot of other people (including lots of comedians!). Sales of the compact luxury crossover jumped in October after the McConaughey commercials hit the air.
About a month after those ads, I test-drove the MKC. As it happened, I had covered the debut of the CUV at the Los Angeles auto show about a year earlier. The chief engineer and interior design chief of the MKC, both female, conducted a microscopic tour of the compact crossover, from the French stitching on the leather seats to the distinctive clamshell lift gate that adds style to the rear view. It was a convincing, even passionate sales job.
At the base level, the MKC starts out at $39,940; my test vehicle’s total price was $55,920.
Whether you start low or high one thing remains unchanged, the MKC is a great looking vehicle. It’s classy and cohesive, and distinctive without being garish.
Before getting swayed by the optional add-ons of the higher priced model, ask the basic question: do I like driving it? My answer is yes. It has good responsive steering, tight handling and enough power for spirited passing and merging.
My all-wheel-drive vehicle had the turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine, standard at the highest trim level. It produces 285 horsepower with 305 lb./ft. of torque, the standard two-litre has 40 less horsepower.
It’s mated to a six-speed transmission