Lincoln has pulled the cover off a new crossover SUV, choosing Los Angeles and the LA auto show as a backdrop for the reveal.
Lincoln’s bestselling SUV is attracting new drivers to the brand, with a conquest rate of nearly 40% as buyers migrate from Cadillac, Lexus and other brands. The redesigned vehicle is on track to deliver its best sales year since its introduction in 2007, according to Lincoln.
Another misstep could be fatal. Ford and Lincoln are under scrutiny from new CEO Jim Hackett, who was brought in last spring to change the company. The Lincoln brand can help Ford build a presence on the country’s coasts, where luxury vehicles are king, and in new markets like China.
The new MKC will be offered with a 2-liter or 2.3-liter turbocharged engine, the larger one making 285 horsepower and 305 pound feet of torque. Both engines will be mated to an all-wheel-drive system.
The Nautilus also gets two engine options under the hood. The five-seater will now be available with the standard 2-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional turbocharged 2.7-liter engine that makes 335 horsepower and 380 pound feet of torque.