The 2017 Lincoln MKC gains a little bit more standard equipment for the new model year. Though the crossover is mostly unchanged, its roster of standard and available technology increases slightly.
For starters, the 2017 Lincoln MKC receives an update to the automaker’s latest Sync 3 infotainment software. It now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, allowing smartphone users to plug in their device and let it take over the car’s touchscreen to play music, make phone calls, or receive navigation directions through their phone’s components. Sync 3 launched on the 2016 MKC and is rolling out on other Ford and Lincoln models; it’s faster and more user-friendly than previous versions of the Ford infotainment software.
The MKC’s 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four gas engine also receives an engine stop-start feature as standard on front-wheel-drive models and as an option with all-wheel drive. Though there are no new EPA figures just yet, the feature should help save fuel in urban driving. The MKC also continues to offer a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-four rated for 285 hp.
A power liftgate also becomes standard, whereas it was previously an optional extra.
The MKC has been one of Lincoln’s bright stars in the past few years, attracting 24,590 sales in 2015 and 5,138 so far this year. Lincoln’s own data also say that MKC buyers tend to be younger and more affluent, and that a large proportion of them are women.
The 2017 Lincoln MKC goes on sale in mid-May.