The 2015 Lincoln MKC, the brand's first entry in the small premium utility segment, will go on sale next year with a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price of $33,995, including destination and delivery charges.

This is the most accessible starting price point in the segment.

Three trim levels will be available when the vehicle goes on sale: Premiere, Select and Reserve, each offering an array of luxury content and amenities so owners can select features best suited to their needs.

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"As the newest entrant in small premium utility, which is the fastest-growing luxury segment, we have to offer our clients a fresh and compelling proposition," said Matt VanDyke, Director, Global Lincoln. "The Lincoln MKC offers the lowest base entry price in the segment as well as a host of first-to-segment features."

The Lincoln MKC debuts with a fully turbocharged lineup featuring EcoBoost® engines. It also introduces Approach Detection, which senses when an owner is near and responds by illuminating "welcome mats" on the ground next to both front doors. Simultaneously, headlamps, taillamps and door handles glow with soft lighting tuned to complement the vehicle's exterior color.

Also standard is Lincoln signature push-button gear shift that controls the automatic transmission.

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The 2015 Lincoln MKC with the Reserve package, 2.3-liter EcoBoost Engine ($1,140) and optional all-wheel drive and continuously controlled damping (CCD) suspension ($2,495 MSRP) offers a lower MSRP than similarly equipped entries from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

2015 Lincoln MKC standard equipment

MECHANICAL

Active Noise Control (ANC)

Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)

Electronic parking brake

15.5-gallon fuel tank

Hill Start Assist

Push-button shift

SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters

Torque Vectoring Control

EXTERIOR

Anodized roof rails without cross-bars

Body-colored bumpers/fascias, door handles and spoiler

Bright beltline molding

Color-keyed exterior antenna

Dual exhausts with chrome exhaust tips

Front license-plate brackets

Front solar-tinted and privacy glass

Auto on/off HID headlamps with LED signature lighting

Body-colored, dual-power heated mirrors with memory; integrated spotter mirrors

Smoked Chrome front grille

LED signature taillamps

18-inch painted aluminum wheels

P235/50R18 tires

Steel mini spare wheel – tire T165/70R17

INTERIOR / COMFORT

Four-way manual adjustable front/rear headrests

Aluminum trim on door panel, console and instrument panel

Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control (DEATC) climate control

Power door locks

Driver and passenger dual illuminated visors with ticket clip

Driver and passenger seatback coat hooks and map pockets

Driver and passenger power windows with one-touch up/down

Enhanced particulate air filter

First- and second-row floor mats

Front floor console with storage with two cupholders

Electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror

Overhead console with sunglasses holder

First-row seats: 10-way power driver's seat with two-way power lumbar and memory; four-way power front-passenger seat with power recline; heated first-row seats; Lincoln Luxury Soft Touch seating surfaces

Second-row seats: 60/40 fold-flat split bench with recline

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with speed and redundant audio controls; manual tilt and telescoping

Touch LED map lights

Lincoln Experiences welcome/farewell elements: Lincoln Logo welcome mat; door-handle illumination; Approach Detection; signature lighting fade up

SAFETY / SECURITY

Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes

Dual-stage front airbags

Driver knee airbag

Side airbags

Side air curtains

Emergency brake assist

Interactive vehicle dynamics with Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®)

Lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH)

Perimeter alarm

Rear camera

SecuriCode™ keypad

SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system

SOS Post Crash Alert

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Traction control

FUNCTIONAL

Two-speed rear wipers with washer

Active Grille Shutters

Lincoln Premium Sound System with nine speakers and subwoofer with single-CD/MP3 player; auxiliary input jack; SIRIUS® Satellite Radio (48 contiguous states; service not available in Alaska and Hawaii)

Cruise control

Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler

Front driver and passenger grab handle

Intelligent Access with push-button start

Intermittent speed-sensitive front wipers

Message center with compass

MyKey®

Outside temperature gauge

Four powerpoints: two in front, one in rear, auxiliary in luggage compartment

Rear-window defroster

Remote start

Reverse sensing system

SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch®: 8-inch touch screen in center stack; media hub with two USB ports, SD card reader and RCA video input jacks; five-way controls on steering wheel; voice-activated communication and entertainment system

2015 Lincoln MKC series

Six-speed automatic
FWD standard; AWD available
Free-standing packages
Features
Voice Activated Navigation

BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert

Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support

Active park assist

Lane-keeping system

Front sensing system

Heated rear seat

Heated steering wheel

Auto high-beam headlamps

Rain-sensing wipers

Free-standing features
Feature2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engineAll-wheel drive with continuously controlled damping (CCD) suspensionEnhanced THX® II Certified Audio System19-inch premium painted wheels20-inch premium painted wheelsCCD suspension (optional on FWD only, standard on AWD)

The 2015 Lincoln MKC will be built at Louisville Assembly Plant and is due in Lincoln showrooms in summer of 2014.

Source: Lincoln