Lincoln sales in North America are on pace to do well however the compact MKC could be even stronger. The compact luxury crossover segment is lit like Vesuvius was in 79 A.D., in a good way, but the generally well-liked MKC CUV’s sales’ eruption is not quite as explosive. Lincoln’s MKC has much going for it and we’ve been fans since 2014 but unfortunately, consumers have by far preferred the more expensive Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC-Class in Canada.
Ford’s luxury brand will attempt to lure new buyers with the promise of all the latest technologies, and a new more distinguished face. The top-line Continental and MKZ sedans were the first to sport the new nose. This was closely followed by the fully-revised Navigator, the grand grand-daddy of all Lincoln “trucks”. As the flagship utility vehicle, the Nav sets the stage for the new Nautilus (ex-MKX) and MKC, essentially paving a new road for the others to follow. The signature grille includes LED headlights while the rear is also updated with more chrome. The cabin is largely unchanged.
The big news comes from the addition of a barrage of driver-assist technologies which are a must in all new luxury cars. The MKC will feature Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and be available with active park assist, lane-keeping alert and a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.
Returning to service in the 2019 facelifted Lincoln MKC is its pair of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. The 2.0-litre is good for 245-horsepower while the 2.3-litre belches out 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and AWD.
Pricing has yet to be announced however we expect it to hover in the vicinity of the 2018’s, or about $44,000 for the base version.