2015 Lincoln MKC Starts At $33,995, Has Trim Levels Named After Liquor

The 2015 Lincoln MKC was quietly shown at the LA Auto Show last month, surprising given how important this car is to the Lincoln Motor Company and that it's rather good looking in person. And it turns out its pricing is rather attractive, too. Oh, and all the trim levels are named after fine liquor.

The Lincoln Motor Company announced today that when the MKC goes on sale in summer 2014, it'll start at $33,995. That gets you the 2.0-liter Ecoboost with front-wheel drive and stuff like paddles for the six-speed automatic, 18-inch wheels, backup camera and a numbered keypad on the driver's door in the great Ford tradition.

For reference, a 2014 Ford Escape Titanium with the same engine comes in at just under $30,000. The least expensive Audi Q5 (also with a 2.0-liter turbo) is more than $37,000.

The MKC comes in three trim levels that sound like wine: Premiere, Select and Reserve. Select and Reserve get the option of the new 2.3-liter Ecoboost that makes 275 horses. Top-spec Reserve cars also appear to get an "embedded modem," which sounds like technology.

So in a few years you'll be able to buy a Lincoln MKC Reserve, Aged Five Years. Presumably they hope that naming the cars like that will make the value rise.

All in all, the MKC looks good and isn't insanely priced. That means it stands a good chance of rivaling the Q5 for most sightings in the Crate and Barrel parking lot.

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