2020 Lincoln Corsair Preview
- All-new model for Lincoln replacing the MKC
- Two available turbocharged powertrains
- Standard Lincoln Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technology
- Sound-dampening dash for quiter cabin
- Second-row sliding seat delivers expandable cargo storage
- Available all-wheel drive
- Reserve trim level adds luxury and convenience
If you visited the 2019 New York Auto Show, you may have spotted the 2020 Corsair, a brand-new SUV offering from Lincoln. The Corsair is the brand’s first-ever model to be built in China, although some will be built in Kentucky. The small SUV seats up to 5 and is targeted at United States and China buyers who want the perfect blend of convenience and luxury, the automaker says.
The Corsair is Lincoln’s replacement for the MKC, another small, 5-passenger SUV known for its standard technology, comfort, and smooth, quiet ride. The Corsair shares many of its features with the Ford Escape, but looks generously more upscale, both inside and out.
Since the new Corsair shares its vehicle architecture with the Ford Escape, don’t be surprised if the size and shape are eerily familiar. While it’s true that, from a distance, Lincoln’s Corsair evokes images of the Escape, up close, it’s not difficult to discern between the two.
The trademark Lincoln grille, in all its massive glory, is likely the first difference you’ll notice, as it helps to give the SUV’s front end a luxurious yet rugged and bold appearance. Move to the side and you’ll see deep grooves, curved lines, and a sloped roofline that further sets the Corsair apart from similar SUVs.
Inside the 2020 Lincoln Corsair, there is a wealth of modern technology that helps to give the SUV an upscale feel you won’t find when stepping into a Ford Escape. Among the standard features is an 8-in. LCD touch screen that sits front-and-center in the dash, which also hosts the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 system and its range of driver-assistance features like blind-spot detection and lane-keeping assistance. Drivers can also set their personal preferences using the touch screen, controlling everything from seat settings to the climate system.
The Corsair’s second-row seat can slide fore and aft up to 6 inches to allow for extra cargo space or legroom. Passengers can also recline the seatback or fold it forward to create versatile seating and cargo arrangements.
Lincoln also introduces some new interior color schemes to the Corsair, including Beyond Blue, which ties together blue and white trim and painted wood accents.
The 2020 Corsair will be offered in two trim levels, including an exciting Reserve model that packs a punch with its luxurious extras.
Standard across both trims is cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, full power accessories, exclusive chime alerts recorded by the Detroit Symphony, SYNC 3, Lincoln Connect with 4G and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, heated front seats, soft-touch seating surfaces, power liftgate, remote start, and keyless entry.
Reserve trim adds perks like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, panoramic vista roof, ambient interior lighting, illuminated scuff plates, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, wood trim, universal garage door opener, touch-screen navigation, and 19-in. wheels.
The more powerful engine option is available only with Reserve, as is adaptive suspension and 20-in. wheels. Lincoln offers several stand-alone options for either trim, like a sunroof and premium leather 10-way power comfort seats for the base model, and heated and cooled front seats and heated second-row seats for base and Reserve.
The Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus package is available for both trims to add speed sign recognition, a front sensing system, and adaptive cruise control to the standard Lincoln Co-Pilot360.
Under the Hood
The 2020 Corsair is available with either of two turbocharged engines. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. Optional on the Reserve trim only is a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder that increases horsepower to 280 and torque to 310 lb.-ft.
Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and have front-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive is available for either trim level. Start/stop technology and hill-start assist with auto hold are included on both trims.
Each Corsair comes packed with a comprehensive suite of safety features, including a rearview camera, rear backup sensors, LATCH child safety seat system, electronic parking brake, keyless entry, post-impact braking, and Belt-Minder for all seats. A post-crash emergency system and approach detection are also included.
Drivers and passengers will also benefit from the standard Lincoln Co-Pilot360 system that’s packed with driver-assistance technology to avoid accidents and mishaps on the road. The system includes lane-keeping assistance and alerts, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, and more.
A color head-up display is an available feature that projects important vehicle and driving information onto the windshield to keep drivers’ eyes on the road.
Lincoln’s Phone As A Key technology is available as part of the Technology package on the Reserve trim. The feature allows drivers to use their smartphone for a variety of interactions with the Corsair, like unlocking the doors, remote-starting the vehicle, and opening the tailgate. Drivers don’t need a key fob to be able to control these interactions.
With a key fob, however, drivers can trigger their personal profiles to control their climate, seat, lighting, audio, and other preferences via Lincoln’s personal profiles technology. Passengers can also customize their profiles via the standard 8-in, touch screen or the optional 12.3-in. instrument cluster.
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