Introduced in 2020, the Corsair is Lincoln’s compact luxury crossover successor to the MKC sold from 2015 through 2019. It is the brand’s smallest and least expensive model.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2021, the Corsair gains a new top-end Grand Touring trim powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain. There are also some new appearance options.
Lincoln offers the Corsair in Standard, Reserve, and Grand Touring trims. Standard and Reserve use a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine, and Reserve can be optioned with a stronger 2.3L turbo; both gas-only model use an eight-speed automatic transmission. Grand Touring’s plug-in setup matches a 2.5L four-cylinder and an electric motor whose combined power flows through a continuously variable transmission. All Corsair models include AWD.
Outside, the Corsair Standard gets heated/power-adjustable/power-folding side mirrors, a power tailgate, LED head- and taillights, 18-inch wheels, and passive keyless entry.
Inside, there’s dual-zone A/C, push-button engine start, active noise control, leather steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage door remote, a 6.5-inch digital gauge display and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with navigation, a 10-speaker stereo, and 10-way heated/power front seats.
All Corsair models come with the Co-Pilot360 suite, comprising automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, and backup sensors.
Corsair Reserve and Grand Touring add a hands-free tailgate, Bridge of Weir leather upholstery, a driver’s side auto-dimming mirror, a panoramic sunroof, roof rack side rails, fog lights, 19-inch wheels, ambient lighting, electric steering column adjustments, a frameless rearview mirror, a 12.3-inch full digital gauge cluster, and a 14-speaker stereo.
Lincoln Corsair options include a 360-degree camera system; wood interior trim; a heated steering wheel; evasive steering assist; forward sensing and rear brake assist; 24-way power front seats; and front-seat ventilation and heated rear seats. These items and others are bundled into various packages.
Lincoln’s fuel consumption estimates for the Corsair are 11.1/8.1 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L models, and 11.1/8.3 for 2.3L versions. Grand Touring’s hybrid setup is rated for 6.9/7.3 L/100 km (city/highway) when running in gas-electric mode, and 3.0 Le/100 km in EV mode with a full charge of the battery.
The Corsair competes against a significant number of other upscale compact crossovers. In no particular order, they are the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Porsche Macan, Cadillac XT5, Buick Envision, Genesis GV70, Lexus NX, Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50, Land Rover Discovery, Jaguar E-Pace, Volvo XC60, and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.