The 2019 Lincoln MKC could be the last edition under this name. The company made a decision to replace the entire MK naming with more distinctive badging. So, the MKC could get a new name, as MKX is turned into Nautilus. Nevertheless, this name or other, it will represent the luxurious class of compact crossover segment. Its main rivals would be Jeep Compass, Ford Escape, and Mazda CX-5.
The 2019 Lincoln MKC vs MKX, or now Nautilus, caused a lot of confusion. Buyers couldn’t make difference between these two. Well, dimensions of MKC are smaller, while interior accessories are similar. Two SUVs are using different engines, so specs sheet is not the same. Lincoln MKC has better gas mileage, while its sibling offers better towing capacity. Among all trim levels, the 2019 Lincoln MKC Black Label is going to be the most interesting.
2019 Lincoln MKC engines lineup
So far, we know that 2019 Lincoln MKC will use at least two engines. Base models will come with a 2.0-liter unit that can produce 245 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. A turbocharger is the main reason behind high output. It pairs a six-speed auto gearbox with manual mode via steering wheel buttons. All-wheel drive is optional, while the front-wheel drive is standard.
An alternative is a 2.5-liter mill that adds 40 horses and 35 pound-feet of twisting power. It also uses a turbocharger. Gas mileage of this powertrain drops to 21 mpg combined. It comes exclusively with AWD. The base model specs are better in this segment since it returns 24 mpg combined. Towing capacity numbers are on the side of the 2.5-liter unit with maximum capability of 3,000 pounds.
A luxurious crossover hybrid drivetrain sounds silly. But, the 2019 Lincoln MKC could change minds of all pessimists. It would boost fuel economy as well as the performance. With an electric motor, the SUV cloud goes over 30 mpg in the urban ride. However, it is not official yet, since we can only hear rumors by now.
2019 Lincoln MKC trim levels
As many other Lincoln vehicles, this crossover will come out with Premiere trim as an entry-level model. It uses smaller engine only and 2.5-l is not going to be an option. However, Sync3 infotainment and Lincoln premium audio system are enough for a start. Select trim is upgrading default features with ambient lighting and DRLs. Also, the interior is getting special leather seats and additional accessories. Top of the class trim level is Reserve, which adds premium Vista roof. Also, special wheels and navigation are standard.
We can consider the 2019 Lincoln MKC Black label as a model from different class. Premium features on the regular model are being even more luxurious. Comfortable seats are getting a treatment with leather. Wheels are growing from standard 18-inch size to 19. Alcantara is taking care of headliners, while the seats come with heating and ventilation.
2019 Lincoln MKC safety
Safety comes first. So, even the entry-level models have plenty of accessories boosting the overall protection of driver and passengers. Dual front airbags and a rearview camera are standard. Also, we will find special Canopy system that includes side curtain airbags even on Premiere trim. There is a slight difference in safety on all trim levels, so buyers don’t have to check it in details.
2019 Lincoln MKC price
Although compact, the SUV carries the premium price tag. That means it costs over $30,000. Select package and its accessories raise the price to $36k, while the Reserve trim is going to cost over $40,000. It is still not topping the cost of Black Label model, that is a leader in features, equipment, and the cost. Starting price for this version, without upgrades, is going to be close to $50,000, but still under.