Nothing new under the sunroof

The view from the driver’s seat of the freshly-hatched 2015 Lincoln MKC:

Instrument panel of 2015 Lincoln MKC

(Photo from worldautomodification.com.)

The buttons down the upper left side of the center stack bear letters you’ve seen before: P, R, N, D, S. (The last one is the engine start/stop switch.)

Now really: how much has changed in fifty-nine years?

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Oh, yeah: the Lincoln has shift paddles. Hot (actually kinda tepid) diggity.

Update, 4 January 2015: Lincoln is now recalling these cars because the start/stop button is too close to all those other buttons. Duh. Start/stop will now be moved to the top of that column.





7 comments

  1. McGehee »

    8 September 2014 · 5:00 pm

    I wonder why push-button shifting keeps coming back and never catching on? My mother-in-law’s Chrysler Stealth Bomber has a shift knob — on the dash. It’s like Chrysler’s designers said, “Well, we’re willing to go halfway back to push-buttons on the dashboard, but let’s not go all the way by using actual push-buttons.”

  2. CGHill »

    8 September 2014 · 5:15 pm

    I have no idea. The traditional lever between the buckets is pretty much dead — people want that space for something else — but its replacement is far from obvious.

  3. McGehee »

    8 September 2014 · 5:39 pm

    Maybe slushbox paddles is the way to go, but it would requir giving over instrument panel space to an indicator, which shiftknobs and push-buttons obviate.

  4. CGHill »

    8 September 2014 · 6:31 pm

    A few of the Big Bruisers have the old-style column shift.

    I dunno. I spent enough years with a stick to cause my hand to reach for the lever while decelerating, even though I’ve run a slushbox for nearly two decades. If I have nothing to reach for, I may suffer some form of automotive dementia.

  5. Charles Pergiel »

    9 September 2014 · 1:07 pm

    My uncle’s Edsel had push buttons for the tranny.

  6. CGHill »

    9 September 2014 · 1:33 pm

    This was considered a seriously gee-whiz feature in its day. We had it on a ’62 Rambler wagon, though it was clearly a version of the Chrysler array, since it used the same transmission as the Chrysler.

  7. Roy »

    9 September 2014 · 6:42 pm

    When I was growing up my parents had a 56 dodge station wagon that had those same push-buttons. I also remember another car that had the push-button transmission with the push-buttons on the steering wheel hub. It may have been the Edsel, but I’m not sure. (It was a long time ago.)

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