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.
We’ll have much more on the 2023 Lincoln Corsair soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news, Lincoln Corsair news, and continuous Ford news coverage.
It looks like the grille pattern blends into the bumper, maybe it’s a little more interesting than just an oversized grille.
Rumor has it that the next big thing is much smaller grilles. Way to go, Ford! Looks MUCH worse than the current, nice design.
Agreed. Let’s try to equal Lexus on the ugly front end contest.
Why bother covering the emblem if you’re going to completely expose the grill?
IMHO The larger grille does look better. the only change i would do to the front is the headlamp design which looks like it now should be more angular to look right.
I’m sure there is a reason for the larger grille which we will find out soon.
Also, the Lincoln grille does look better than the Lexus grille. At least the Lincoln grille does not look like it’s sliding off the hood to the ground like Lexus. Also, did anyone (of us old enough to remember) see a similarity between a Lexus grille and a 1961 Plymouth Fury grille?
Please toy with the idea of a two door version. I think it could work.