It’s been nearly six months since Lincoln unveiled the Corsair Grand Touring, a plug-in hybrid version of the luxury automaker’s compact crossover. At the time, Lincoln said that the electrified Corsair would arrive in the summer of 2020, following the introduction of the Aviator Grand Touring. However, we’ve learned that while the Corsair Grand Touring will still launch this year, it might be later than expected.
Lincoln spokesperson, Anika Salceda-Wycoco tells Ford Authority that it “will launch later this year.” When, exactly, that might be remains up in the air. The plug-in hybrid Corsair could launch later in the summer than originally expected, or it could be slightly later.
The Corsair Grand Touring utilizes the same drivetrain as its platform mate, the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid. That means it pairs a 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine and a permanent magnet synchronous motor to produce a combined targeted output of 266 horsepower. That’s a substantial improvement over the Escape PHEV’s 209 horsepower, and unlike the front-wheel-drive Ford, the Lincoln comes exclusively with electric all-wheel-drive.
The electrified Corsair also comes equipped with Lincoln’s PowerSplit electric continuously variable transmission, in which two electric motors work together to provide a smoother driving experience. EPA ratings have yet to be announced, but Lincoln is targeting an estimated all-electric driving range of 25 miles.
The Corsair Grand Touring will come with a variety of driving modes – Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep Conditions – along with Preserve EV, which recharges and saves battery power for a later time, and Pure EV, which is designed to keep the driver in all-electric mode in many conditions.