Lincoln has pulled the wraps off the 2020 Corsair compact SUV, the all-new replacement of the MKC on the eve of the New York Auto Show. It optimizes efficiency by seamlessly switching between front- and all-wheel drive depending on road conditions, resulting in all-season confidence behind the wheel and an enhanced ride for passengers. It's built on the same new modular platform-and on the same wheelbase-as the 2020 Ford Escape, and it carries a similar approach in moving to a somewhat lower, sportier, and more carlike stance.
Lincoln this week rolled out a new SUV, dubbed the "Corsair", in NY aimed at the fast-growing luxury market in the US and China.
Excitement may be relative, with Lincoln highlighting the Corsair's quiet, comfort and connectivity, with nary a mention of sport or performance. Power is up slightly for 2020 to what Lincoln anticipates will be 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque for the 2.0-liter version and 280 hp and 310 lb-ft for the 2.3-liter, which is AWD-only. That works with the Lincoln Way app, and allows a personal driver profile - including seat, mirror, and pedal positions - to be saved and then automatically loaded to the vehicle when it's unlocked. Both units are paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. There will be however two turbocharged four-cylinder engine options available. As Rolls-Royce has the market on "wafting", Lincoln promises "gliding" as the overriding sensation. An acoustic windshield is standard, with acoustic side glass optional. Ambient lighting, in a choice of seven colors, illuminates a Lincoln logo beneath that console. Lincoln's cosseting, 24-way "Perfect Position" front seats are a lux option, including individual thigh bolsters and massage.
A steering wheel features a push-to-talk button that's cleverly located on the thumb rest, keeping hands on the wheel.
Driver-assistance systems include the optional Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus bundle that adds Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go traffic jam assist, Evasive Steer Assist, Reverse Steer Assist, Active Park Assist Plus and more. But cargo space behind the upright second row is also generous, as Lincoln demonstrated by stacking four massive suitcases inside.
Since its introduction in 2015, Lincoln has been selling approximately 25,000-27,000 MKCs annually, but the Corsair's chief engineer, John Jraiche says will be no constraints on production of the Louisville-built Corsair when it goes on sale this fall. But a roughly $36,000-to-$37,000 base fare seems a safe bet, a touch more than a current MKC, and on par with Acura's RDX.
Even the six different chimes that alert the driver are unique, as they were recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to help the cabin remain a calm place, or as Lincoln calls it "a sanctuary for the senses". Now, whether the Corsair receives a trumpeting fanfare from the buying public, or a funeral requiem, remains to be seen.