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2019 Lincoln MKC Preview

2019 Lincoln MKC Preview

By Christian Wardlaw, November 22, 2017

Fast Facts:

  • Restyled with new Lincoln signature front design
  • Upgraded driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technology
  • Enhanced connectivity with rear USB ports and standard Wi-Fi
  • Improved ownership benefits with valet service for maintenance
  • New Rialto Green interior color for Reserve trim


Introduction
Lincoln’s compact crossover SUV, the MKC, returns for 2019 with a new look and a handful of technology improvements. The 2019 Lincoln MKC will be available in Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label trims, equipped with a choice between two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and front- or all-wheel drive.

2019 Lincoln MKC front quarter left photoWhen the new 2019 MKC goes on sale in the summer of 2018, it will include new Pickup and Delivery valet service for scheduled maintenance. Lincoln will come to your location, retrieve your MKC, leave you with a loaner vehicle, and then return your MKC serviced and washed.



Exterior Features
Most apparent on the outside is new front styling, the 2019 MKC adopting the look seen on the Continental, Navigator, and MKZ. New LED headlights debut, too, and Lincoln says it has updated the rear end with, apparently, more chrome.

Interior Features
Outside of technology-related improvements, the only change noted by Lincoln to the 2019 MKC’s interior is a new Rialto Green color reserved for Reserve trim. Black Ash genuine wood trim accompanies it, and Lincoln says it is “inspired by the vibrant tones emanating from the world of high fashion.”

Optional Features
Highlights from the MKC’s optional equipment list include a variety of wheel sizes and designs, Bridge of Weir premium leather upholstery, real wood interior trim, ambient cabin lighting, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats. You can also equip the SUV with navigation, a THX II Certified premium sound system, hands-free liftgate, and a panoramic sunroof.

Alternatively, for a bespoke, custom-tailored MKC, you can choose from three different Black Label color and equipment schemes titled Modern Heritage, Indulgence, and Center Stage. Each features exclusive paint and interior themes, and comes with a more personalized ownership experience.

None of this is new for 2019, by the way.

Under the Hood
Standard equipment includes a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. A turbocharged, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine is an option, generating 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque.

Both engines employ a 6-speed automatic transmission delivering power to the front wheels or all four wheels. An adaptive damping suspension is optional, with Lincoln Drive Control drive-mode settings.

None of this is new for 2019, either.

Safety
For 2019, Lincoln upgrades the MKC’s available driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems by adding pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking to the roster.

These new features compliment the continuing blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlight systems.

The MKC’s standard Sync 3 infotainment system also continues to supply 911 Assist, an automatic collision notification and emergency calling feature that is free as long as your smartphone is connected to the system.

Technology
Speaking of Sync 3, it now offers standard Wi-Fi connectivity, and USB ports are added for rear-seat occupants. Otherwise, the infotainment system remains the same as last year, complete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri, text-messaging support, and a Lincoln Way smartphone app providing remote access to vehicle functions as well as Lincoln Concierge services.

Also continuing from last year is an active park-assist system that will autonomously steer the MKC into and out of a parallel parking space while you operate the transmission and pedals.


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