The Lincoln MKC crossover-utility-vehicle is receiving a handful of updates for the 2017 model year, perhaps to remain competitive with Buick’s redesigned 2017 Encore. Nearly 25,000 units of the Lincoln MKC were sold in 2015 – the crossover’s first full year of availability – and Ford’s luxury brand is determined to maintain its new stake in the compact CUV segment.
In particular, the 2017 Lincoln MKC will offer its power liftgate as a standard feature across all models. It was previously available only in certain equipment groups. In addition, Auto Start-Stop will become standard on all front-wheel drive MKCs powered by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, and will be optional on all-wheel drive models; and an “Auto Hold” feature will become standard across the line. Whenever the vehicle comes to a stop, the driver can activate Auto Hold to keep the brakes applied automatically – perfect for stop-and-go traffic.
Finally, the 2017 Lincoln MKC’s SYNC 3 infotainment will gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, giving buyers the option to integrate with either an iOS- or Android-powered mobile device.
According to Ford’s luxury division, the Lincoln MKC has done its part in bringing “younger, more affluent” buyers into showrooms, as well as attracting its share of female customers. It’s also “Lincoln’s first small utility vehicle in the world’s fastest-growing segment,” says MKC Chief Engineer John Jraiche.
“A number of segment-first technologies are designed to welcome customers, help make parking situations easier and traffic less stressful.”