2019 Lincoln MKC Refreshed
The 2019 MKC receives the new face of Lincoln, a honeycomb grille that Ford’s luxury division introduced on the 2017 Continental sedan. The front also features LED headlamps designed to minimize eyestrain. The MKC’s rear also was revamped and features new chrome highlights, while the interior is a carryover from the current model except for a new Rialto Green cabin with black ash wood accents that will be available on Reserve models.
Lincoln is adding more driver-safety technologies on the revamped 2019 MKC such as pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection. The system, which uses radar and camera sensors to warn drivers, helps reduce the severity of frontal crashes, if not avoid one. If the driver doesn’t respond to warnings, the system automatically applies the brakes. Active park assist helps with parallel parking, lane-keeping alert and blind spot warning with cross-traffic alert will also be available. The 2019 MKC also comes with SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The refreshed model carries over the same engine offerings. The standard powertrain is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine delivering 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. A twin-scroll 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque is available and allows towing of up to 3,000 pounds. All-wheel drive is optional.
Lincoln says the MKC is its top conquest vehicle, with almost half of buyers coming from another brand. The MKC also is popular with women, who represent more than half of the nameplate’s sales.
“Our redesigned Lincoln MKC offers style, substance and technologies that create an effortless ownership experience,” said, Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “We recognize it takes a lot to attract a buyer from other luxury competitors, but the Lincoln MKC has that kind of appeal. We believe the new MKC will capture even more luxury clients.”
Black Label offered
The 2019 MKC also will have the Lincoln Black Label option, a high-end trim with premium materials that also offers membership perks such as yearly detailing, regular car washes and access to certain restaurants with curated dining experiences. Lincoln Black Label themes for MKC include Modern Heritage, with Vianca White Venetian leather and Argento wood accents; Indulgence, with Venetian leather trimmed surfaces, Alcantara cloth and Ziricote wood accents; and Center Stage, featuring a diamond-L pattern on Alcantara cloth inserts, Foxfire Red stitched piping, exotic wood accents and Jet Black Venetian leather. Lincoln also offers an exclusive and standard Pickup and Delivery for vehicle service, including use of a loaner car.
Pricing for the 2019 MKC has not been announced, but the 2018 model starts at about $33,300.