At this year’s LA Auto Show, the refreshed 2019 Lincoln MKC will be making its public debut to show goers, now gifted with the new face of Lincoln in addition to a number of key updates to keep the flow of new customers coming to the brand.
Right up front is what is really and truly new for the 2019 Lincoln MKC, the compact luxury crossover that represents nearly a third of all the brand’s sales. Given to the the MKC that just made its debut three years ago is what is known as the new face of Lincoln.
Its new grille design shared with the MKZ, the Continental and now the all-new Navigator brings the MKC in line with the rest of the family with the only remaining exceptions being the MKX and the MKT, if it sticks around.
LED headlamps bookend the new grille design nicely, creating a far more sculpted and upscale look than the current design I think. On the wavelength of styling, the rest of the MKC remains much the same except for slightly revised trims and some additional chrome work added here and there.
In our test drive of the 2015 Lincoln MKC, the first of this generation we praised its handsome styling and praised Ford Motor Company for making its sheetmetal distinct from the Ford Edge upon which it shares its architecture. Today still it remains upscale and handsome, fitting of its upmarket brand identity.
New safety features have been added including automatic forward emergency braking which can apply the brakes if it detects an impending accident you aren’t paying attention to as well the ability to detect and brake for those pedestrians that can just come out of nowhere.
The cabin design remains the same as before but gets a few new features including more USB charging ports and a new Rialto Green and black wood interior theme that they haven’t given us any pictures of just yet. I’m sure it will be envious.
Black Label will continue to be an option for 2019 with three themes; Modern Heritage, Indulgence, and the sexy Center Stage. With this trim you also get additional party favors and concierge niceties at your Lincoln service bay, something some luxury brands give you even in a base trim. Lincoln needs to look at that still.
Under the hood also carries on the base 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine with 245 horsepower and the optional and more powerful 2.3 liter engine with 285 horsepower and a healthy 305 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive is an option.
Pricing and additional information for the 2019 Lincoln MKC will be along closer to its on-sale time of summer 2018. We’ll have more details and perhaps a test drive then.