Lincoln has unveiled the next generation of its Corsair crossover vehicle, providing updated connectivity technologies and new ADAS capabilities. At launch, customers will be able to choose from two powertrain options – a conventional ICE offered in the base 2023 Corsair, or a plug-in hybrid offered with the Grand Touring variant.
At the center of the new Corsair’s offering is ActiveGlide 1.2, a suite of ADAS adapted from Ford’s BlueCruise suite of driver-assist systems. Operating at speeds up to 80 mph (129 km/h), ActiveGlide provides an array of semi-automated driving features – including Lane Change Assist, Predictive Speed Assist, In-Lane Repositioning, a Blind Spot Assist, and an upgraded Intersection Assist. Activated by a tap on the vehicle’s turn signal, Lane Change Assist helps drivers perform a hands-free lane change to help them navigate through traffic more efficiently. It can likewise recommend lane changes in advance during slow-moving traffic scenarios. In a similar fashion, ActiveGlide’s Predictive Speed Assist signals the driver ahead of time when it is about to adjust the vehicle speed when approaching a sharp curve, for example.
In-Lane Repositioning works to steadily keep the 2023 Corsair in its lane while shifting it away from vehicles in adjacent lanes, encouraging safe driving around larger vehicles as a result. Its Intersection Assist 2.0 helps drivers avoid potential collisions with pedestrians when turning, while a Blind Spot Assist uses a light on the sideview mirror to alert drivers of vehicles and motorcycles in the Corsair’s blind spots. It then sends a nudge through the steering wheel to caution against unsafe actions if this alert has been ignored by the driver.
Inside, a 13.2-inch central display sits at the center of the new Corsair’s SYNC 4 infotainment system. The system supports over-the-air software updates through Lincoln Enhance and is equipped with a 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster as standard. Upon purchasing the vehicle, customers will receive a complimentary three-year trial of Alexa Built-In, offering a dedicated automotive personal assistant that can play music, control the navigation system, activate the user’s smart home devices, add items to a shopping list and more through a series of voice commands. Further convenience features include a wireless charging tray for smartphones, physical controls for the stereo volume, and native voice control for SYNC 4.
Available in FWD and AWD configurations, the base model’s Standard and Reserve trims offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine with 250 horsepower, while the Grand Touring model provides a combined power rating of 266 horsepower through a 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid setup. An available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system provides heightened capabilities and performance across several weather conditions, optimizing efficiency by switching between front- and all-wheel drive according to the road conditions. Dedicated Lincoln Drive Modes included in the new Corsair include Normal, Excite, Slippery, and Conserve.
The PHEV itself uses a front hybrid drive unit combined with an electric motor positioned on the rear axle for on-demand AWD. Underneath the rear seats, a 14.4-kWh lithium-ion battery provides an estimated 28 miles of electric driving range. With this model, users can benefit from an additional pair of exclusive driving modes, Preserve EV – which conserves battery power while using the engine and motor simultaneously – and Pure EV – which maximizes the PHEV’s all-electric capabilities and allows the hybrid engine to provide additional power as and when needed.
Lincoln confirmed that the 2023 Corsair would be produced at its Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, ahead of its arrival to showrooms in 2023. Pricing will start at $39,885 for the Standard trim with FWD, including a $1,195 freight charge, $44,270 for the Reserve Trim, and $54,580 for the Grand Touring PHEV.