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Is This 2023 Lincoln Corsair Prototype An Upcoming Hybrid Model?

With the Lincoln Corsair due for a mid-cycle refresh in 2023, it came as no surprise when Ford Authority spies spotted a 2023 Lincoln Corsair prototype out driving around earlier this month. That prototype wasn’t wearing a ton of camouflage, save for across its front end, foreshadowing some forthcoming styling changes in that area. Now, our photographers have captured yet another 2023 Lincoln Corsair prototype out on the road, and this one has even more interesting details worth pointing out.

Most notably, this prototype has the requisite EPA exhaust system in place, which is used on vehicles that are set to receive a new powertrain. Thus, this begs the question – are we looking at a Corsair hybrid prototype? It’s a fair question, given the fact that a Corsair hybrid doesn’t currently exist, even though the luxury crossover’s Ford C2 platform-mate – the Ford Escape – is already available as a hybrid.

As Ford Authority recently reported, both the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV and Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring have reached dealer lots following a series of delays related to a stop-sale of the Ford Kuga PHEV in Europe and the semiconductor chip shortage. However, a non-plug-in hybrid model would fill a perceived gap in the Corsair lineup.

In addition to the EPA exhaust, this Corsair prototype also has a noticeable front protrusion that could possibly indicate that the 2023 refresh will introduce Lincoln’s ActiveGlide hands-free highway driving technology – which will debut with the 2022 Lincoln Navigator – to the Corsair lineup.

Aside from these updates, the refreshed 2023 Corsair will likely introduce additional technology and features inside the cabin to keep it up to date and relevant. This could include the addition of SYNC 4, which is present in the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus and 2022 Navigator.

In terms of powertrain updates, it’s currently unclear what to expect from the 2023 Corsair, though Lincoln’s commitment to electrifying its entire lineup could usher in a hybrid model, at the very least.

We’ll have much more on the 2023 Lincoln Corsair soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln newsLincoln Corsair news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mike Parnell

    About time.

  2. William Thomas Kircher

    Looks like a battery pack under the rear cago area where dual exhaust pipes stick out with the hitch.

    1. Smarter William

      That sir is apart of the exhaust system. Specifically the muffler.

  3. Roy Chile’s

    LINCOLN over priced Escape model needs 2B sporting the company new face, 5 lens headlights, Continental door handles , and smoked taillights. I can turn LINCOLN N2 America #1 Luxury Brand it starts with getting rid of the cookies cutter bean counters so the Company can go up market 4Real

  4. AtomicGiulia

    Uhhh there is already a 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring PHEV. Do you mean the Nautilus which doesn’t have a PHEV trim?

    1. AtomicGiulia

      Ignore my comment. I see this is for the NON plug-in variety. Doh.


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