The refreshed MKC looks like an all new Lincoln, but in fact it is a face-lifted improvement of the MKC as we know it. Gone is the wing-shaped grille of the 2014 original and in came a new one-piece design, following the design trend set by the Continental that was also adapted by the MKZ and Navigator. At the rear, a chrome strip is noticeable above the license plate and there are new wheel designs to choose from.
Under the skin everything remains the same, which means there are two four-cylinder engines and two drivetrains. The base model is the 2.0-liter inline-four turbo with 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque and there is the optional twin-scroll turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four producing 285 hp and 305 lb-ft. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic and are available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The 2019 MKC offers handy features like active park assist, but more important safety improvements come in the form of blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping alert. This system includes pre-collision assists that also detects pedestrians and uses radar and cameras to eliminate frontal impacts, or at least reduces the severity of unintended contact.
Being the entry-level premium crossover from Lincoln, the MKC made its debut in 2014 and is competing with the Buick Encore, Cadillac XT5 and squeezes in between the Q3 and Q5 from Audi and the X1 and X3 from BMW. Lincoln offers three new trim levels, called Modern Heritage, Indulgence and Center Stage. Opting for the Black Label program comes with the privilege of Pickup and Delivery for service, annual vehicle detailing and car washes whenever the customer requests it. There is also exclusive access to a list of restaurants, accessible through a so called Culinary Concierge.
The new MKC will arrive at the Lincoln dealers in the summer of 2018, as a 2019 model.
© Words Natan Tazelaar