Lincoln is launching a new charm offensive to further distinguish itself a brand and seduce more luxury-vehicle buyers. It follows up the new Navigator with the 2019 Lincoln MKC.
Elegant as the older version of the MKC was, its successor is even more chic and modern. The designers put in excellent work, so that those shopping for a luxury compact SUV will have little choice but to pay attention. Here’s an interesting fact: one out of two Lincoln MKC sales come from other luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz and Lexus.
“Our redesigned Lincoln MKC offers style, substance and technologies that create an effortless ownership experience. We recognize it takes a lot to attract a buyer from other luxury competitors, but the Lincoln MKC has that kind of appeal and, we believe that the new MKC will capture even more luxury clients.”
- Kumar Galhotra, president, The Lincoln Motor Company
Some of the brighter highlights of the 2019 Lincoln MKC include the company’s more-refined new grille, magnificent LED lights and LED welcome lighting outside, as well as a quiet cabin decked out in soft-touch materials. Heated/ventilated seats and a panoramic roof are available. The Reserve models get an extra touch of class via a high fashion-inspired new Rialto Green cabin with ash wood accents.
The 2019 Lincoln MKC also features a winsome powertrain, its available 4-cylinder EcoBoost turbo engine with direct injection delivering 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. It’s one of the most powerful engines available in the category, and it can pull up to 3,000 lbs. The standard engine is a 2.0L 4-cylinder EcoBoost with an output of 245 hp. All-wheel drive is also standard in Canada.
Technology has not been neglected: Wi-Fi access and several USB ports are now standard, as is the SYNC 3 multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Safety features include a new automatic emergency braking system complete with pedestrian detection, as well as an optional active park assist function, to name just two of many.
The MKC will also feature the new Lincoln Way application, which allows owners to lock, unlock or find the vehicle via their smartphone, and program the remote starter. Lincoln is even adding a no-charge pickup and delivery service for scheduled maintenance visits.
Pricing has not been announced for the new MKC, which should hit the market next summer; the current model, for its part, carries a starting price under $44,000.