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2023 Lincoln Caspian Officially Revealed As All-New Subcompact CUV

For several years now, Lincoln has operated as a four vehicle crossover luxury brand, each catering to a very specific segment. But one glaring omission from the contemporary lineup has been from the entry level, where until now, none existed. Enter the 2023 Lincoln Caspian, the brand’s first subcompact crossover that will slot below the Lincoln Corsair as a stylish, sophisticated urban runabout for younger luxury enthusiasts.

Standard on the 2023 Lincoln Caspian is a robust Ford 1.0L EcoBoost I-3 Mild Hybrid powertrain, good for 155 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque and mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic. Front wheel drive is standard, but buyers can opt for all-wheel drive on any trim. For Reserve customers, a more powerful Ford 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 will be available, which boasts a stout 197 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic. All wheel drive will be standard on that model, as will a Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential. An even higher performance version dubbed Red Label will debut later this year, promising at least 250 horsepower, although Lincoln is still working on finalizing the figures.

The 2023 Lincoln Caspian represents a new product offensive the brand calls “Quiet but also Loud Luxury,” that blends sophistication with speed and decadent luxury. The Standard trim starts at $30,000, or roughly $6,000 below the Lincoln Corsair. Inspiration for the crossover came from an unlikely source: Ford CEO Tim Barley himself. “I honestly would have preferred bringing over this sporty little thing as the Ford Puma ST and calling it a day, but when my team told me the company stands to make boatloads of cash from the extremely hot subcompact luxury segment by making it a part of the Lincoln lineup, I got excited. While this is almost literally a Puma with Lincoln badging, that’s doesn’t mean it stinks. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Our rivals are putting such little effort into this segment that the Caspian makes everything else look pretty pathetic by comparison,” he said.

Lincoln stated it intends to have the Caspian at dealers by the end of 2022, and an EV will arrive by 2025.

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Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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Comments

  1. Bob

    Not ugly…..BUTT FUGLY!
    Who or what is designing this crap??

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    1. Bill

      You’ve been had, sir. Check your calendar.

      Reply
  2. Steve

    This has to be an April’s Joke. At least if this was a real vehicle, we would know where the car designers for the Nissan Juke found a job.

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    1. Joe

      Has tobe, it doesn’t come up in any product searches.

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      1. Barnes Barney

        You guys either don’t read well or just don’t read at all.

        Right at the end of the article:
        Happy April Fool’s day, Ford Authority readers!

        Can’t be any clearer.

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  3. JE

    Another boring vehicle from Lincoln. As former owner of Lincoln cars, I stopped buying Lincoln and switched to other brands the day they decided not to sell sedans. And I will not buy another Lincoln until they produce a sedan or a sports coupe (and not only in China also). Not everybody likes SUV’s or crossovers or is willing to buy one no matter what.

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    1. John

      Yes for sure, will be trading for a Cadillac CT 4 when my lease is up on my MKZ in about nine months.

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      1. Kevin

        …and good-luck to you with that Caddy.
        You’ll soon enough be kicking yourself for not just keeping the MKZ.

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        1. Philip Mags

          Kevin, you’re spot on about Caddy. We traded our SRX for a Lincoln Nautilus on a lease, then bought a 2019 MKC Select Plus no comparison for comfort Lincoln’s seats are so superior plus standard equipment that you will pay for with Cadillac. We’re very happy since the switch to Lincoln.

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      2. BADIH J MAJDALANI

        Keep the MKZ, its resale value is very high due to the chip shortage.

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    2. John

      Another boring rant filled with half-truths written by someone who wont buy another used Lincoln until they lose money on unsellable products.

      Reply
    3. BADIH J MAJDALANI

      When Ford decided to stop making sedans, I went from a Ford sedan owner of 29 years to a 2018 Dodge Charger GT Plus owner, 51,000 miles later, I have no regrets.

      Reply
  4. JE

    By the way. The vehicle in the pictures is an european Ford Puma with Lincoln grille. Doesn’t exist in Ford/Lincoln anyone with some imagination?

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    1. John

      Could you possibly look any more like a fool?

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  5. Ryan Stensland

    For the fun of it… (Note not for the Heck of it.)

    Your latest teaser for the Caspian was pretty good.
    So on a whim I come up with a version that by Ford Standards is HOT!

    * Could it be time for the Lincoln Version of the Maverick – Already?

    Share that if you will —

    I’m more for the Pickup line up or Truck in today’s world…
    So how about that F-650 in the 4-door + 2 verson…. And 4X$ a must. YES $X4
    Something per say: The old Mercury Model to get it’s name but not a Mercury mention…

    Some Whacky Thoughts Yes.. AIR BAG that last one for RIDE See…

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    1. John

      Do they give away free crack cocaine in your neighborhood only on April 1st, or is it every day?

      Reply
  6. Martin Scott

    Ok, i thought for sure there would be a battery breakthrough like the adamanium battery that only weighs in at 10LB and can last for 2034 km before 5 minute quick 100% recharge. Or a mustang E truck.

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  7. Martin Scott

    I though for sure you’d say the extended Ford family bought a holding company that has Tesla class A voting stocks which controls all of Tesla. Bill Ford would be chairman and Elon would take to Twitter to not recognize the deal as being legal and in the best interest of the class B Tesla chair holders.
    Ford models S, E, X, Y

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  8. Martin Scott

    Thanks for the little fun food for fun thought. Apparently funny things are not too appreciated on this page of all things Ford. A lot of complaints and whine about past misadventures with Ford products yet they are on a “what’s new at Ford page” go figure
    I suspect the whiny ones are people that moved by the airport but complain about the planes.

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  9. MJK

    Too bad we don’t have a subcompact Lincoln CUV. Plus all the Lincoln models are the same dull exterior designs. After 100 years , all we have is 4 models. Once my Nautilus lease it up, time to try another brand. I like a compact SUV, and all we have is the ugly Corsair and Escape. Hate to do it as a Ford retiree, but probably moving to another brand for my next vehicle.

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  10. GM fan

    Most ugly future vehicle award goes to this piece of crap!

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  11. BADIH J MAJDALANI

    Not on my shopping list.

    Reply

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