Lincoln gave its MKC SUV a minor update for the 2019 model year, it revealed late November, specifically in that it stuck it with a new grille, automatic emergency braking, and standard collision pedestrian avoidance.

On the outside, the 2019 MKC wears the new Lincoln face seen on its siblings, and of course LED lights have been stuck into every appropriate spot they can be.

Inside a new deep Rialto Green upholstery is on offer, with optional heated and cooled seats. A new Android Auto- and Apple CarPlay-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system lives in the dashboard.

Perhaps the starring features in the new MKC are the safety tech systems, specifically the new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. Like similar systems from other brands, it uses advanced radar and camera sensors to provide a collision warning to the driver and automatically applies the brakes if necessary.

Power still comes from either a 245-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 285-hp 2.3-liter one. Both are available with all-wheel-drive, and both can tow up to 3,000 lbs when properly equipped.

You can expect the 2019 MKC to show up in Lincoln showrooms next summer for a yet-undisclosed price. If we had to guess, it shouldn’t start far above $44,000.

(Lincoln)