Updates to vehicles aren't limited to mid-cycle refreshes and new generation unveilings. Some automakers just toss a couple updates at a new model year and call it a day. That's exactly what Lincoln is doing with the 2017-- giving it a couple tiny tweaks and leaving it alone otherwise.
The MKC's new features are split between creature comfort and efficiency. Weak-armed buyers will be happy to see that a power rear liftgate is now standard equipment across the lineup. Weak-legged buyers will find equal enjoyment in automatic brake holding, which holds the brake pedal when the vehicle is stopped. That, too, is standard on all new MKCs.
In terms of efficiency, automatic stop-start technology makes its way to the 2.0-liter MKC for the first time. Previously only available on the 2.3-liter MKC, this new stop-start system is, weirdly, standard equipment on the front-wheel-drive MKC but only optional on the all-wheel-drive variant. Traditionally, more equipment becomes standard as the vehicle gets more expensive, not less expensive.
And, well, that's it! The MKC is otherwise untouched, offering two engine choices, two drivetrain options and plenty of luxury trimmings. It also comes equipped with Lincoln's version of Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, which we just reviewed favorably. The order books for the 2017 MKC open up next month, and pricing is not yet set in stone.