The US market is seriously warming up to small sporty, premium crossovers. Good thing too as two of the most distinct crossovers should be hitting the market over the next year. The Lincoln MKC and the Lexus LF-NX.
The two reach their ends through completely distinct means. The Lincoln goes about its business as a well dressed up and coming gentleman, While the LF-NX is an eccentric young professional filled to the brim with creative destruction. Its actually a toss up for me which vehicle takes the biscuit just because of the chasm sized gap between the two.
I absolutely adore the elegance the MKC brings to the table in a crowd of try hards, but I'm equally smitten with the LF-NX's sheer disregard for convention, why would you want something that looks like everything else in segment?
The Lincoln MKC will come with a single engine across its three trim levels, the tried and true 2.0L EcoBoost 4 that currently motivates the Ford Fusion, Escape and Taurus as well as cameo appearances in the Jaguar XF and XJ. the 2.0 will deliver 240 HP and 270 lb-fts, but if thats not enough for you Lincoln is offering a 2.3L EcoBoost engine for an extra $1000. The 2.3 recently debuted on the 2015 Mustang, it will make a substantial 275 HP and wring out 300 lb-ft of torque.
Rumors have been confirmed and the LF-NX will be getting a sparkling new 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder, the NX200t. Power figures for the NX200t are nascent at this point. There will be a premium power plant as well a 2.5L four cylinder mated to an electric motor, the powerplant was donated from the IS and GS300h. In the IS the 300h system will crack out 178 hp and a combined 384 lb-ft of twist.
I'd love to compare the interiors but we wont have a shred of detail on the LF-NXs cockpit until at least Geneva 2014. Lexus has never been a slouch interior wise, always managing to offer a sumptuous experience. Lincoln does not have the same reputation for build quality and materials as Lexus but the MKC is supposed to be the opening salvo of a product onslaught and image reconstruction, it HAS to be good.