Last month, Ford Authority reported that the highly anticipated Ford Escape PHEV would enter production in January of 2021 after a bit of a delay. Then, earlier this week, we learned that this delay was caused by the stop-sale and recall of the Ford Kuga PHEV (a rebadged Escape) in Europe due to a handful of vehicles catching fire. And now, perhaps unsurprisingly, it appears that the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring, which shares the Ford C2 Platform with the Escape PHEV, has also been delayed.
“When we revealed, we announced that the Corsair Grand Touring will launch as a 2021 model year,” Lincoln told Ford Authority in a statement. “Although it was originally scheduled to go on sale at the end of this year, we are now are moving full scale production of the Corsair Grand Touring to 2021. It will go on sale next year.”
It’s been a long and winding road for both the Escape PHEV and Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring. The Corsair GT originally debuted at the L.A. Auto Show back in November of last year. In July of this year, Lincoln confirmed to Ford Authority that the Grand Touring was still slated to launch in 2020, though it would be later in the year rather than the planned summer arrival.
One month later, in August, Ford Authority reported that the Corsair Grand Touring would enter production in November at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant for the 2021 model year. Then almost exactly a month later, we reported that the Escape PHEV’s launch was being delayed until 2021 because of Ford’s ongoing issues with the Kuga in Europe.
The Corsair Grand Touring (PHEV) is powered by Ford’s 2.5L iVCT Atkinson-Cycle I-4. That traditional gas powerplant combines with a permanent magnet synchronous motor to produce a combined targeted output of 266 horsepower, and is paired exclusively with Lincoln’s PowerSplit electric continuously variable transmission and electric all-wheel-drive.