Both the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair are set to undergo a mid-cycle refresh for the 2023 model year, and over the past few months, Ford Authority spies have spotted prototypes of each driving around in various states of disguise. Just last month, that included a completely uncovered 2023 Escape ST-Line as more details regarding that crossover continue to leak out, such as its larger infotainment screen. It’s been a while since our spies have come across a 2023 Lincoln Corsair, however, but now, this newly-spotted prototype gives us our best look yet at the luxury crossover’s much larger new front grille.
For the first time, this prototype has no camo on its grille whatsoever, save for the fact that the Lincoln logo is covered up. Otherwise, it’s quite clear that this grille is quite a bit bigger than the one present on the current-gen Corsair, and that it has grown in a manner similar to what we saw with the refreshed 2022 Lincoln Navigator that debuted last year – to be more specific, it’s far more prominent than the current model, if nothing else.
Along with its exterior styling updates, the 2023 Lincoln Corsair is also set to receive numerous tech features and upgrades including a revised interior with a new center stack, Lincoln ActiveGlide – the brand’s hands-free driver-assist system – improved voice recognition, the introduction of SYNC 4, and a new, larger touchscreen.
The refreshed Corsair may also offer a hybrid powertrain option – just like its Ford C2 platform-mate, the Escape – ahead of a more comprehensive redesign in 2025. In fact, Ford Authority spies spotted a possible hybrid prototype out driving around last September with an EPA exhaust system in place, which is used on vehicles that are set to receive a new powertrain.
These changes aim to help make the Corsair more competitive in the luxury C-segment crossover space, where it ranked third in sales in Q2 behind the Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLB.