We ran across the Lincoln’s sexy new Ecoboost SUV at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, but were told by the product specialists (read: “models”) on-hand that there was no one from Lincoln at the show to answer our questions. As it turns out, that wasn’t entirely accurate.
Lincoln’s Stéphane Cesareo read my Lincoln MKC post and was thoroughly confused. “I was there all day,” he said in a heavy, French accent. “I would even say I was ‘trapped’ all the day Thursday, and also Friday.”
“I asked two different- do we call them product specialists? The models,” I said. “I asked two of them. They said there was no one there from Lincoln.”
“Maybe because I am French?”
Fair enough. So, in the interest of setting things straight, here’s what I learned from Stéphane about the upcoming 2015 Lincoln MKC SUV and Lincoln’s direction going forward to 2015 and beyond:
First, Stéphane confirmed that the MKC’s 2.3 liter Ecoboost 4 cyl. is “mostly” the same engine that’s going into the 2015 Mustang. While he didn’t want to speculate on performance potential or aftermarket support, he did say that the new MKC wasn’t a performance car. Instead, “Lincoln is a pure luxury brand, and the new products coming out now are going to re-establish that. That is the focus.”
Second, the 2015 Lincoln MKC is loosely based on the same Ford C1 platform that underpins Ford’s C-Max Prius V-fighter. Despite the component similarity under the skin, however, don’t expect an MKC Energi PHEV, or any other hybrid MKC variant. “Looking at the market for this type of vehicle (BMW X3, Audi Q3),” explained Stéphane, “there are no hybrids.”
Given the Ecoboost family’s stellar fuel economy and emissions numbers so far, I respect Lincoln’s move here. I’d like to see more commitment to an EV or an alt-fuel model, sure- but I always end up thinking of hybrids like Ford’s Fusion Energi and the Chevy Volt as products of “the half-measures society”, anyway.
Finally, I asked about the MKC’s availability. It looks like pressers will be available sometime in June, with the first examples heading out to dealers sometime in July, with the first deliveries happening around August 1. If we get invited to the press event, we’ll definitely let you know what the 2015 Lincoln MKC is like. Expect goodness.
Original content from Gas 2.