Last week, Ford Authority exclusively reported that a new Dura-Touch material was coming to Lincoln models at some point in the near future. It’s unclear what, exactly, this new material is, though it’s most likely Lincoln’s nomenclature for steering wheels wrapped with synthetic material. Regardless, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2022 Lincoln Corsair will come equipped with the Dura-Touch wrapped steering wheel as standard equipment.
The new Dura-Touch wrapped steering wheel is standard on 2022 Lincoln Corsair models equipped with the 100A and 101A equipment groups. Additionally, a Ventura leather-wrapped steering wheel is available as part of the Premium Package for 101A models and comes standard on Reserve and Grand Touring. Currently, all four Lincoln models in the U.S. come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard equipment.
This new Dura-Touch material could potentially represent an offshoot of Lincoln’s existing Soft Touch seating – a premium synthetic material designed to feel like leather – which is standard on every model in the luxury brand’s lineup. Leather has long been a popular material used on steering wheels in luxury vehicles, so the arrival of Dura-Touch could signal a shift in that direction as well, as vegan and synthetic leathers have become increasingly popular in recent years for a variety of reasons.
Ford has been using its own synthetic leather-like material – ActiveX – in models including the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium coupe and convertible and the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, as Ford Authority previously reported. Aside from being lighter and easy to manufacture, Ford says this material is also more durable, easier to clean, and more stain resistant than real leather.
Meanwhile, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month, the 2023 Lincoln Corsair is due to receive a mid-cycle refresh that could include a new hybrid powertrain, a number of tech updates, and a new center stack with a larger touchscreen running SYNC 4.