The 2019 Lincoln MKC continues to represent the entry level of the brand name’s crossover range, manipulating the bones of the Ford Escape into a competent, comfy luxury runabout. Sales begin in summer season 2018 with the MKC continuing to present of Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky factory.
Lincoln hasn’t announced pricing or given an indication of the readily available trim levels, however we expect the MKC to continue in four trims– a base Premiere, a mid-grade Select, an upmarket Reserve, and a range-topping Black Label– with rates increasing just marginally over the 2018 model.
For the 2019 model year, Lincoln has discarded the MKC’s double-wing grille, changing it with a household face that far more carefully resembles the appearance originated by the Continental and refined by the Navigator. The rectangle-shaped, chrome-heavy grille looks infinitely more refined than the plastic-heavy double-wing of the past. The a little reshaped headlights aren’t as remarkable a departure from the 2018 model as the grille, however Lincoln’s designers have subtly changed the front lights to much better match the brand’s new style language. Changes to the rear are much subtler, amounting to little more than some extra chrome trim.
Changes in the cabin are similarly small, although Lincoln did take the opportunity to up the quality of its products, particularly in the range-topping Black Label, which continues to use three interior design styles– Modern (white leather and Argento wood), Indulgence (brown leather with Ziricote wood), and Center Stage (black leather with red piping and Alcantara seat inserts). Joining those themes is a new Rialto Green shade for the leather with black ash wood trim.
The bigger changes in the cabin can be found in the equipment roster. A wifi location, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are all standard, as are forward-collision cautions with automatic emergency situation braking. On the security front, clients can add several other active assistants, including active park assist, lane departure caution, and blind-spot screens with rear cross-traffic alert.
While Lincoln has issued a rather excellent exterior refit and attended to some glaring imperfections for the 2019 MKC, its changes under the hood total up to approximately nil. The base engine is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder with 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. A 2.3-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder ups the output to 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Both engines work together with 6-speed automated transmissions, which is rather disappointing thinking about the new-for-2019 8-speed automated concerning the MKC’s huge brother, the Nautilus.
Search for more in-depth prices and trim info ahead of the 2019 Lincoln MKC’s summer season 2018 on-sale date.