Lincoln slaps new grille on facelifted 2019 MKC

There are other updates as well, but you'll need to look closely to spot them

It's mid-life refresh time for the Lincoln MKC, the premium compact crossover that shares underpinnings with the Ford Escape.

Launched in 2014 as a 2015 model the compact crossover has brought more customers to the Lincoln brand than any other vehicle, with nearly half of all clients coming from other brands. Lincoln aims to build on that by giving the MKC its first facelift, which brings subtle styling updates and new technologies.

Going on sale in summer 2018, the 2019 Lincoln MKC comes with a new face that features the brand's signature grille that debuted on the new Continental, as well as a different LED signature for the headlights. At the rear, the crossover gains LED taillights and a chrome strip atop the license plate.

Changes are even less apparent inside, with Lincoln introducing a new Rialto Green cabin with black ash wood accents for Reserve models, as well as standard SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. As before, the MKC offers a series of Lincoln Black Label personalization options, including three interior themes: Modern Heritage, Indulgence, and Center Stage.

As for technology, the 2019 MKC comes with a suite of driver-assist systems including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, active park assist, lane-keeping alert, and Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.

The engine lineup stays the same and consists of two options: a standard 245-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine and an optional turbocharged 2.3-liter unit that makes 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Both power plants can be had with either front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

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. As with all Lincoln models, the Pickup and Delivery service is standard for the 2019 MKC.

Read everything you need to know about the Lincoln MKC here.

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