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All-new 2015 Lincoln MKC makes debut in New York

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Instead of the Los Angeles or Tokyo Auto Show, Lincoln chose to hold a separate event in the Big Apple to introduce the production version of its all-new MKC, which initially appeared in concept form earlier this year in Detroit.

As the brand's first compact luxury CUV, the 2015 Lincoln MKC will enter the assembly plant in the second quarter of 2014 ahead of its summer release. It will rival the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLK.

Lincoln MKC 2015
Lincoln MKC 2015. (Photo: Lincoln)

Combining the refinement of a premium sedan with the practicality of a sporty SUV, the 2015 Lincoln MKC features HID headlamps with signature LED accents. Once parked, sensing your approach (up to 8.8 feet away), the MKC's door-handle pockets glow in the colour of your vehicle, and a welcome light illuminates the ground.

Inside the five-passenger cabin of the 2015 Lincoln MKC, you'll find aluminum accents, genuine wood trim, soft-touch materials, and leather upholstery. Key features include a shifter with start/stop button, MyLincoln Touch with SYNC, an 8'' touchscreen, and a 14-speaker THX II premium sound system.

Meanwhile, the 2015 Lincoln MKC comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that produces 240 horsepower. Another EcoBoost unit, this one rated at 275 horsepower, is optionally available.