Buyers have been waiting for the 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring to launch for some time. The new PHEV and its platform-mate, the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV, were originally slated to launch in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the stop-sale and recall of the Ford Kuga PHEV (a rebadged Escape) in Europe inevitably delayed the launch of both models until early 2021. Now, Ford Authority has learned exactly when the Corsair PHEV will enter production.
As of today, the 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring is scheduled to enter production on April 5th, 2021. Meanwhile, the non-PHEV 2021 Corsair entered production back on October 5th, 2020. This is a bit later than originally expected, but Ford previously stated only that the new model would go on sale “next year.”
The Corsair GT originally debuted at the New York Auto Show in 2019. 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 pairs with a permanent magnet synchronous motor to produce a combined targeted output of 266 horsepower, and is mated exclusively to Lincoln’s PowerSplit electric continuously variable transmission and electric all-wheel-drive.