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2023 Lincoln Corsair To Drop Optional 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost Engine

As Ford Authority reported last November, the 2023 Lincoln Corsair is set to receive a handful of changes for the new model year as part of a forthcoming mid-cycle refresh. Those changes include a few styling updates such as a much larger front grille than the current model, along with a revised rear section and some interior and tech upgrades. Now, sources familiar with the matter have informed Ford Authority of yet another change for the 2023 Lincoln Corsair – the luxury crossover is dropping its optional turbocharged Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost engine.

In the Corsair, the 2.3L powerplant produces 295 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Its departure from the lineup will leave customers with just one engine choice – the turbocharged Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost engine – which produces 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque – while the 2.5L electrified option in the Corsair Grand Touring PHEV will now serve as the range-topping powertrain with its 266 horsepower combined output.

On 2022 Corsair models, the 2.3L EcoBoost is optional with the Reserve trim, but is limited to the Sport Package – a $2,500 bundle that includes a host of other equipment including a unique black mesh upper front grille, body-color bumpers, a painted lower front fascia, 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with Magnetic-painted pockets, and illuminated scuff plates inside the cabin.

In addition to this change, 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.

We’ll have 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. Joe

    The Lincoln and the Escape might even make it to 2025 with Ford getting rid of their ICE models.

  2. Harley Kesselman

    What a way to cut costs…

  3. Michael K

    Corsair is due for an EV replacement beginning in early 2025.

  4. Kyle

    To be fair, I read a lot of reviews of the Corsair that there was virtually very little real-world difference between the 2.0T and 2.3T in terms of performance. Yet you take a hit to fuel economy and price. I think it would be cool if they had a 3.0T option for the Corsair though.

    1. MarkV

      The 3.0 TT from the former Continental /MKZ would really kick some….
      WOW! Bring it! People might just buy it instead of getting a competitor.

    2. Carissa

      Yes, Kyle. You’re correct about the 2.3
      When I test drove I found a big difference between the Nautilus 2.3 and the Aviator 3.0 which is why I ended up with the Aviator. I am contemplating a Corsair for a back-up vehicle but had changed my mind after learning they were deleting the larger engine. However, your assessment of near equal performance from the Corsair’s 2.0 gives me cause to rethink. I just know I don’t want electric. Guess it’s time for another test drive before I head to the Genesis dealer. Thanks!

  5. Nico

    Here’s an opportunity to add some much needed performance to the Grand Touring (more powerful battery and electric motor) to rival the Lexus NX 450+ (302 hp)!

    1. Edward

      Our 2022 Corsair Grand Touring has exceptional performance. For most of our use, commuting, it is all electric, with about 33 miles of range. Performance wise, it is much quicker off the line than our previous 2.0L Ecoboost Escape. I think the power train is near perfect. A larger battery and 6kw charger would be a sweet upgrade though.

      1. Nico

        Hey Edward, expecting my 22 Grand Touring in mid Sept, have a ‘13 + a ‘17 2.0L both have been great vehicles, thought it was time to step it up! One can never have too much power!

      2. Jfbullen

        I agree, but added battery capacity cannot add any more weight to the Corsair GT that is essentially the same drive train configuration as the Rav4 Prime/NX 450h+– 14.4 kW vs 18 kW ; respectively. But why not just convert the Corsair GT to the Mach-e running gear with DC fast charging option ?

  6. Michael

    There has been rumours out that Lincoln will offer the Corsair with just the hybrid drivetrain, yet nothing has been confirmed yet and no pricing yet. When are they going to confirm it? With the number of hybrid models that Ford is offering ( or rumoured to be offering ) in the future, how can they build them all, when they cannot build enough of the existing models they are offering now?

  7. William J.jr. Offutt

    I stopped buying Lincolns because they were no better than a Ford Auto. I replaced my New 2005 Lincoln Town Car- Limited with a very Nice 2016 Ford Flex -Sel which had Safer standard Features, SYnc 3 W/Sirrus Navigation With Apps and more Utility of the Lift Gate, and Fold Down Seats ! I even moved a Grandfather Clock with the Tailgate Closed ! When Ford Dropped Mercury , they los a Step between the Lincoln , and its Low Resale Value ! From $ 50,000 Drop to $ 3,000 Resale with 85,000 miles is Rediculous !

  8. Jason

    I’ve been hoping for an Escape ST with the 2.3L and a Focus RS type wing, but that looks like an exhausted pipe dream now 🙁

  9. D

    Wow. I got the Corsair because of its 2.3L engine. Same thing when it was the MKC. Don’t know who is that bright to cut it down! I’m ready to change.

  10. Doug B.

    It appears the older we get, the more boring our automobiles choices get! We bought an Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD just to thumb our noises at Lincoln/Ford and to put the “drive” back into our driving experience.

    1. Carissa

      Doug, are you happy with the Q60? A friend said her husband was not enamored with it after a test drive so wound up in the Genesis, which I’m now thinking of, but I an/was partial to Lincoln.

  11. Gary Brown

    Lincoln doing a horrible sales job on Corsair Grand Touring. i have not seen any 2022 on the road and the salesman do not know the vehicle and cannot answer questions. Only tell customers they sell as soon as they come in and expect to pay more than the sticker. Not one salesman knew about rebate on this EV hybrid. Foreign cars continue to beat this car for reliability and dependability. Even Cadillac is beginning to improve while Lincolns fall as per Consumer Reports.


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