Lincoln’s new small luxury SUV has launched and it’s called the Corsair. With Lincoln having both aviation and nautical themed names for its SUV line, some might wonder where the Corsair name comes from. If you think aviation, there was an iconic WWII fighter plane that was fielded mostly by the U.S. Navy called the Corsair that would fit with both the aviation and nautical themes Lincoln prefers.
The Corsair name also has a pure nautical heritage. A Corsair is a type of 18th-century sailing ship preferred by pirates and privateers. As for where Lincoln got the inspiration for the name of the new Lincoln Corsair, it says that the name was inspired by the Latin word “cursus” meaning journey. Wherever the small luxury SUV got its name, it is a very attractive replacement for the aging MKC.
The designers have lots of pretty words to describe the design of the new Lincoln Corsair, but if you are familiar with the larger and more costly Aviator you have a very good idea what the Corsair looks like. As with all Lincoln SUVs, the Corsair aims to be very quiet featuring a dual-wall dashboard to keep noise out. There is no gear shifter to clutter the interior; instead, control of the 8-speed transmission is via toggle switches on the dash right under the center climate control system vents. Despite being a smaller SUV, the rear seat legroom is impressive, even for adults.
Power for the new Lincoln Corsair is from one of two available engines; the base engine is a 2.0-liter unit that makes 250 horsepower and 275 pound-foot of torque. For those wanting more power, a larger 2.3-liter four-cylinder makes 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Both of the turbocharged engines are offered in all-wheel-drive versions with front-wheel-drive standard.
The new Lincoln Corsair will land at dealerships this fall. Lincoln is mum on official pricing for the SUV, but expect it to be very close, if not identical, to the $34,000 range where the current MKC starts.