Lincoln Corsair Research

The Car Connection Lincoln Corsair Overview

The Lincoln Corsair is a compact crossover utility vehicle, offered in turbo-4 and Grand Touring plug-in hybrid versions.

As a compact vehicle, the Corsair plots a course against the likes of the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Cadillac XT4, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Volvo XC60, and others. It has carried over to 2022 with few significant changes since 2022, when it replaced the MKC.

MORE: Read our 2022 Lincoln Corsair review

The new Lincoln Corsair

The Corsair is part of Lincoln’s push to bring model names back to its lineup, make exteriors eye-catching, and give its models calm, tech-connected interiors that envelop occupants and give them refuge from their urban world.

Part of that intent, too, is to provide a little more separation from Ford-brand vehicles. While there are still plenty of carry-over points with the Ford Escape, and the two vehicles have the same dimensions on the outside, the Corsair has a very different interior styling theme, with the interior appointments to match: luxurious 24-way seats with supple leather upholstery, active noise control and other exclusive noise-abatement measures, and a special rear integral bush multi-link suspension aimed at providing a soft, controlled ride.

The Lincoln Corsair is offered in front- or all-wheel-drive versions, with 2.0-liter or 2.3-liter turbo-4 engines, making 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and 295 hp and 310 lb-ft, respectively. Those versions have an 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is included with the more powerful engine but optional on the 2.0-liter. The plug-in, badged Grand Touring, makes a combined 266 hp and also has all-wheel drive, thanks to an additional motor added at the rear wheels. It achieves an EPA-rated 28 electric miles on its 14.4-kwh plug-in battery pack, or 33 mpg combined as a hybrid—figures we've managed to beat in real-world use.

The Corsair is one of the first vehicles on the market to offer what Lincoln calls Phone As A Key—the ability to skip the keyfob and just use your smartphone to recognize you, lock/unlock and start the car, and personalize nearly 80 settings when it does. Other key features include a windshield-projected head-up display, 14-speaker Revel audio, a panoramic sunroof, a semi-automated parking system, and an embedded wi-fi hotspot.

The 2021 model year brought the delayed introduction of the Grand Touring, and there are no significant changes to it or the rest of the lineup for 2022, outside of some higher prices and a reconfigured options list.

Lincoln MKC history

The Lincoln MKC, the Corsair's predecessor, was the last vehicle to join the Lincoln lineup under a previous push to make the brand’s products sportier, as well as more European-flavored and distinct in their styling. Compared to that model, the Corsair has stepped back to a softer overall calibration.

The MKC was, as the Corsair, built on the same underpinnings as the Ford Escape. The MKC could be powered by a 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-4 or 275-hp, 2.3-liter turbo-4.

From 2015, the MKC wore a version of the split-wing grille that was then the face of the brand—with the most significant change its front and rear styling refresh for 2019 that brought it closer to today’s themes as introduced in the Continental and Navigator.

The MKC made its debut with the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, but it switched to Sync 3 in 2016 and gained a standard power liftgate for 2017.

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