2019 Lincoln MKC Has A New Face And Various Updates

Three years after it went on sale, the Lincoln MKC has been given its first major update, wrapped up under a 2019MY.

The biggest change is found at the front, where the Ford Escape-based crossover gets a new grille and headlights, while at the other end, it has tweaked taillights, with LED technology.

Inside, it remains virtually unchanged, and customers should expect the same premium materials, joined by the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system, smartphone connectivity, WiFi, USB ports, optional panoramic roof and three Black Label options, among others.

Lincoln’s 2019 MKC also benefits from a suite of driver assist technologies such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Active Park Assist, Lane Keeping Alert, and Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic Alert.

The 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter engines continue to power Lincoln’s updated crossover, which now make 245hp and 285hp, respectively, a slight increase from the previous 240hp and 275hp. Both units can be paired to the brand’s all-wheel drive system.

Being a 2019MY, the facelifted Lincoln MKC will arrive at dealers nationwide starting next summer, but before that happens, it will be displayed at the 2017 LA Auto Show, which opens its gates for the international media on November 27.

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  • Ganfu

    Not bad at all. My wife loves her ’14 Escape Titanium, so this is the next logical vehicle for her. I’ve actually been impressed – the Escape with the 2.0 turbo feels a lot like driving the 2.0 liter German small SUV’s, and if Lincoln’s NVH can match Audi or BMW, then it’ll be a no-brainer. Fairly cheap to own and maintain, looks good, and makes the wife happy.

  • fabri99

    I actually preferred it before, it looked more characteristic.

  • ErnieB

    I like it better now!

  • Craig

    Very nice. Does seem a bit silly showing if off this soon though.

  • john1168

    This particular vehicle actually looked better with the winged grille. Did they finally upgrade to the 9 speed auto or are they STILL using the old 6 speed???

  • Nordschleife

    I have to say that while the refresh looks obvious and fine this was probably the only vehicle that carried the winged fascia well. I like them both. I will say it feels like its been in existence longer than three years though.

  • SgtBeavis

    This was one of the few Lincolns that actually looked decent with the winged grille. However I’m happy it’s gone. This is an improvement.

    Now about that stupid alphanumeric name. Now would be a good time to give it a real name.

  • SteersUright

    This looks every bit the tarted up Ford Escape that it is. Whats the opposite of class-leading? Well thats the interior on this thing. Why anyone with sense would buy this over many vastly superior alternative for the same money outside of a ridiculous lease special (guaranteed to be coming soon) is beyond me. What a missed opportunity. Why not take that all-new sedan (Continental I think) and just raise it up to Crossover ride height with a few truck-ish design tweaks? It has a much more beautiful interior and more compelling engine options. This is a hard pass.

  • NO SURPRISE HERE. WE KNOW ALL LINCOLN UPDATES WILL WILL HAVE THE CONTINENTAL FRONT END. LINCOLN, A SHOWROOM FULL OF MK…WHATEVER’S WITH THE SAME GRILLE.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    That centre stack is woefully bad.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Honestly I miss the split winged grille, but this looks okay.

  • Andrew Ngo

    The Front has finally made it looks premium but I think the rear should continue to have the new Bold design language.

    • Robert

      I agree. I only wish they gutted the interior as part of the refresh because that cheap looking center stack is a deal breaker

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