Lincoln MKC Gets a Sexier Mug and Loses Its Wings

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"Our redesigned Lincoln MKC offers style, substance and technologies that create an effortless ownership experience", says Kumar Galhotra, Lincoln president, in a release.

The MKC has proven a huge hit for Lincoln as roughly half the sales are to buyers new to the brand.

"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".

For more on the MKC, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection. Gone is the swoopy old Lincoln split grille with integrated headlights in favor of the new Lincoln signature: a more assertive, Lincoln Continental-inspired grille with separated LED headlight assemblies and a new bumper with LED light accents. Those looking for a little extra sprinkling of premium can opt for one of Lincoln's Black Label themes, of which the MKC has three to choose from: Modern Heritage, Indulgence, and Center Stage.

On the inside, the newest offering is a Rialto Green interior theme with black as wood accents for the Reserve trim. Indulgence is Venetian leather and Alcantara cloth in Truffle and Ganache colors with rich Zirlcote wood.

2019 Lincoln MKC preview
2019 Lincoln MKC is a small an luxurious SUV

As before, connectivity is standard through Ford's SYNC 3, which is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with WiFi and USB ports throughout. Built-in Wi-Fi will also be standard across all trims. Active park assist, lane-keeping alert and blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert can be added as options.

Carrying over to the 2019 model is the base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 245 horsepower on premium fuel; a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 285 hp on premium is optional. Both are paired to a 6-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive is available on base versions and standard with the higher-output engine.

The Lincoln Concierge service allows owners to schedule Pickup and Delivery for vehicle service, as well as find and reserve parking - all by using the Lincoln Way app.

Prices haven't been announced for when it hits showrooms next summer, but they shouldn't be too much higher than the 2018 MKC's, which start around $34,000 and run over $50,000 for a fully-loaded Black Label that features high end trim materials and additional services including free auto washes and an annual detailing.

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