2.3L EcoBoost-Powered Lincoln MKC Rated 18 MPG City

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The American carmaker announced that the all-new Lincoln MKC powered by the top-of-the-range 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine will return 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway/21 mpg combined. Further more, the entry-level front-wheel drive 2.0-liter turbo model starts from $33,995 including destination and delivery.
Both powerplants have been officially rated for power, torque and fuel economy. The standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-pot has a maximum output of 240 horses at 5,500 rpm and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) of peak torque at 3,000 rpm.

For the entry-level model, EPA-estimated ratings are 20 mpg (11.7 liters/100 km) city, 29 mpg (8.1 liters/100 km) highway and 23 mpg (10.2 liters) on the combined cycle. Needless to say, these are pretty good economy figures for this type of vehicle. Customers that will opt for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill will be happy to find out that this engine is aided by class-exclusive Active Grille Shutters.

Running on 93-octane fuel, the FWD model equipped with the bigger engine is said to return 19 mpg (13 liters/100 km) city, 26 mpg (9 liters/100 km) highway and 21 mpg (11.2 liters/100 km) combined. A slightly pumped up version of this powerplant powers the mid-range 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost. The newest EcoBoost family member makes use of a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger, piston cooling jets, polished valve-train tappets and a three-port integrated exhaust manifold. This unit is rated at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft (413 Nm) of torque.

As for transmission options, both powerplants and paired to a six-speed SelectShift paddle-operated automatic gearbox aided by a torque convertor for added smoothness. Torque Vectoring Control comes as standard across the MKC range, and it works by distributing the engine's torque from one side to the other to increase mid-corner stability. Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is available as an optional extra. This system basically works by modulating the torque between the front and rear axles for the better management of understeer and oversteer situations.

Customers that want a little bit of extra comfort might be interested in the continuously controlled damping feature, standard on all-wheel drive models and an optional extra on FWD versions. Every two milliseconds, the system reads 46 inputs assessing body movement, steering and braking, instantly adjusting things to maintain a smooth and serene driving experience. As far as interior features go, Lincoln's first-ever small utility vehicle is loaded with kit such as an active noise control system, the Sync MyLincoln Touch infotainment unit, Wollsdorf leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats and lots of other premium features.

Production of the 2015 Lincoln MKC is already underway at the manufacturer's Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. According to the Ford Motor Company's May 2014 sales report, 677 units of the luxury crossover have been ordered in the final weekend of the past month alone.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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