imho, the 9-speed should accompany ANY change to the X
2018s are already about to come out. The refresh will be 2019. Escape is likely to be 2020, so MKC might be a year after that, all new for 2021, which would mean the refresh lasting for 2 years. Remember, MKC debuted for 2015 model year, meaning it's gone 4 years before a refresh, so 2021 would be a typical 6-year product cycle...
I still wonder about the C & Escape de-coupling - but I'm stubborn + not That rational
'18my MKC's Job1 was just like 10 days ago & the
'18my MKX's Job1 is gonna be 10 days from now...
Don't expect to see either at (most) dealers before November
...I'd love to see BOTH 'refreshes' start January-or-ASAP
...I think whether they debut both at the same show will depend on what they have in the pipeline for the rest of the show season. If they have a surprise concept (say next-gen MKZ or Aviator), then we'll likely see them both at LA. But if they don't have anything else slated, I think we'll see them debut at separate shows, just to keep some launch momentum going through multiple shows.
*IF* they show both at L.A, they should have somethin else later, like NYC
*IF* they show only One at L.A, we might get ONLY one other later