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2020 Lincoln Corsair: First Look

  • The Lincoln Corsair is an all-new model that is replacing the outgoing MKC as Lincoln’s compact SUV slotted below the Nautilus.

  • There is a striking resemblance between the Corsair and the 3-row Aviator.

  • A plug-in hybrid version of the Corsair will eventually be available.

Lincoln made waves when it unveiled the all-new Aviator at the New York Auto Show last year. This year in New York, Lincoln has pulled the wraps off of the Aviator’s little brother, the Corsair, which is replacing the MKC. Like the MKC before it, the Corsair shares architecture with the Ford Escape, which is also all-new for the 2020 model year. However, there’s a lot that sets the Lincoln apart from the Ford.

Baby Aviator

Much of the design of the Corsair, both inside and out, is a bit of a copy-and-paste job of the Aviator. That’s hard to complain about since the Aviator is such a gorgeous SUV and we don’t blame Lincoln for delivering a very similar look in a smaller package. The result is a great-looking compact SUV that looks and feels more modern and luxurious than the MKC it’s replacing.

The interior of the Corsair is a very nice place to be with a premium design, nice materials and plenty of tech features. It has two rows of seats with the back seats on a track that slides six inches meaning you can prioritize cargo space or back seat legroom based on your cargo or passenger carrying needs.

Available tech in the Corsair includes an 8-in, tablet like infotainment system, Revel 14-speaker premium audio, wireless charging, 24-way adjustable massaging seats, a head-up display and much more. The Lincoln Co-Pilot360 driver assistance tech suite, which comes with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams, comes standard on the Corsair. An available upgrade to this system adds adaptive cruise control, evasive steer assist, reverse brake assist and active park assist.

Sophisticated Power

The two available engines under the hood of the Corsair won’t blow you away with their performance, but they’re good mills for the quiet luxury that Lincoln is going for and they both have plenty of guts for most drivers’ needs. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with targeted 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque and you can upgrade to a 2.3-liter turbo-four with targeted performance numbers of 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Lincoln says a plug-in hybrid model presumably with the Grand Touring moniker is on the way, but we’re not sure when.

All-wheel drive is available with both engines and your ride can be customized with five drive modes. The drive modes are Normal, Excite, Slippery, Deep Conditions and Conserve, which makes the Corsair quite versatile whether you’re driving through snow, rain, or if you just want to save fuel or have a little more fun behind the wheel.

Pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet for the Lincoln Corsair, but we expect to see a starting price in the mid-$30k range similar to the MKC. The Corsair will arrive in Lincoln dealers in late Fall of 2019. Find a Lincoln for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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