It seems like yesterday that Ford Authority first reported on the all-new 2020 Lincoln Corsair, which replaced the Lincoln MKC as the entry level compact luxury crossover in Lincoln’s revitalized lineup. But things move pretty quickly in the automotive world, and Lincoln appears intent on keeping its best-seller in prime fighting shape, based on what was sent to us by our photographers. Given the brand’s push to offer more standard and optional technology throughout its lineup, it’s safe to say the 2023 Lincoln Corsair will likely gain a number of features that its larger and more expensive brethren have been blessed with over the past year or so.
Considering the copious amounts of camoflauge that are adhered to the front end of this 2023 Lincoln Corsair, the refreshed model will most likely feature some type of visual update to that area, possibly moving things around to accommodate the extra sensors needed for something like Lincoln ActiveGlide driver-assist system. The cutouts below the grille and in the center of the lower fascia are two potential indicators that such an accommodation will in fact take place. As Ford Authority previously reported, the updated 2022 Lincoln Navigator will feature the hands-free system when it launches early next year. In fact, before its official debut, our spy photographers spotted what were clearly early examples of the SUV wearing similar disguises to what Lincoln put on this Corsair.
Therefore, it stands to reason that whenever the 2023 Lincoln Corsair is made public, it will likely boast an aesthetic similar to what the current model offers, but pack more tech and features into its cabin to keep it competitive with vehicles like the all-new 2022 Lexus NX. It will also help the compact compare favorably to the significantly refreshed 2021 Lincoln Nautilus and the upcoming 2022 Navigator, both of which have Sync 4 at their disposal. Along with better voice recognition, the latest Ford infotainment system has historically come paired with over-the-air updating capability for every model it debuted on. Coined Lincoln Enhance, the technology allows owners to receive updates to the vehicle without it ever leaving the driveway.
At this point it is unclear if the 2023 Lincoln Corsair will receive any powertrain updates, although given the brand’s upcoming EV pivot in the coming years, a new ICE engine seems highly unlikely. Expanded availability of the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring is a more likely scenario, and this particular Corsair appears to be one.