Arriving into the rapidly-growing small luxury crossover space to replace the MKC as the brand’s smallest SUV, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair is all about expressive design on the outside, a “sanctuary for the senses” on the inside, and effortlessness luxury all over.
Just one look at the exterior design and its lineage with new Lincoln Navigator and Aviator are rapidly evident. The MKC then builds on this by adding even more flair, with very intricate contouring throughout the body section of the doors and the downward-sloping roofline.
If one were to say that the Corsair looks like a mini Aviator, they wouldn’t be wrong… and that’s a good thing. The styling is tasteful, attractive and refined without being ostentatious.
Being a sanctuary for the senses means a very high focus on quietness and refinement. To achieve this, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair uses a dual-wall dashboard in the engine compartment as an additional barrier between the passengers and the engine. The resulting air gap also prevents vibrations from entering the cabin.
While less refined SUVs have annoying buzzing or dinging sounds to communicate with the driver about an open door or an unbuckled seatbelt, the Corsair uses six unique symphonic chimes instead. These aren’t basic chimes, mind you, but were instead created and recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra – much like those on the 2020 Lincoln Aviator.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair interior is crafted with hand-selected materials for a premium look and feel. The entire cabin builds on a horizontal design theme that “lends a visual calmness to the space”. Supple, hand-selected materials are used throughout. The center console has a new type of floating “cantilevered” design that enhances the feeling of spaciousness while enhancing practicality with additional front-row storage.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair introduces three new interior colors:
- Beyond Blue with a blue and white palette
- Cashew with a rich tan and black blend
- Medium Slate with soft gray featuring touches of ebony
Lincoln’s available Perfect Position seats feature 24-way adjustability, massage capability, and lumbar support for the driver and front passenger. Second-row passengers get additional legroom thanks to sliding seats that have six inches of travel. They also fold in a 60/40 split fashion, allowing owners to transport larger items.
An available 14-speaker Revel premium audio system features specific speaker tuning, calibration, and positioning just for the 2020 Lincoln Corsair. The front-row armrest conceals a wireless charger for compatible mobile devices and a media bin, and multiple power outlets are located throughout the vehicle. SYNC 3 with AppLink drives the available 8-inch touchscreen on the dash, and standard Wi-Fi keeps all occupants connected.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair also features the Phone As A Key technology that first debuted on the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. The feature allows the owner to lock and unlock doors, open the liftgate, as well as start and drive the Corsair only by using a compatible smartphone. The tech also automatically adjusts up to 80 features to a driver’s preference – including the seat, mirror, and pedal positions. Provisions are in place in case the battery depletes or a phone is lost or stolen.
Lincoln’s Head-Up Display is available on the Corsair. It shows select information on the windshield, eliminating the need for drivers to look down at the Corsair’s digital gauge cluster, in turn helping drivers keep their eyes on the road.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair features a pair of turbocharged four-cylinder engine options for effortless motivation.
The standard engine is a 2.0-liter unit making 250 horsepower and 275 pound-foot of torque. For buyers craving higher levels of performance, an available 2.3-liter engine makes 280 horsepower and 310 pound-foot of torque. Both turbocharged four-cylinders use Ford’s new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Front-wheel-drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is optional.
The 2020 Corsair rides on Ford Motor Company’s new scalable front-drive unibody architecture shared with the 2019 Ford Focus, 2020 Ford Escape (Kuga), and several other upcoming models.
Corsair, like all Lincoln vehicles, comes standard with a suite of driver-assist features known as Lincoln Co-Pilot360. The suite includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Information System, a Lane-Keeping System, rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting.
Building on that suite of active safety features is the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus system that includes the following features:
- Adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist to help guide the vehicle using stop-and-go, lane centering technology, and speed sign recognition, which scans speed limit signs along the roadway, adjusting speed based on the information obtained
- Evasive steer assist offers assistance to the driver to help avoid a collision with a slower or stopped vehicle ahead; it provides additional steering support when a collision cannot be avoided by braking alone
- Reverse brake assist can help stop the vehicle when backing up if Corsair’s integrated rear sensors detect an obstacle at the rear
- Active Park Assist Plus removes the stress from parking by taking over steering, shifting, braking, and acceleration functions with the touch of a button to navigate parallel and perpendicular parking spaces with ease
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair will arrive at dealerships this fall.
The MKC replacement arrives at a crucial time for Lincoln and its parent, the Ford Motor Company: crossover sales are soaring, especially in the segment previously occupied by the MKC, and now by the Corsair. It’s the right product to capitalize on the ongoing change in consumer buying dynamics from sedans to utilities.
The new Lincoln Corsair will be built at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky.
Lincoln has yet to announce 2020 Corsair pricing, saying that it will do so as we get closer to the start of production.
Despite us having shared everything we know so far about the 2020 Lincoln Corsair, you can still watch the live stream of its reveal.