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2023 Lincoln Corsair spotted being tested

2023 Lincoln Corsair spotted being tested

The 2023 Lincoln Corsair has been spotted in testing with light camouflage, giving us the best look yet at what’s in store.

This update should be part of the midcycle refresh that automakers user to boost sales and add new features that have been developed along the way.

Will the 2023 Lincoln Corsair have any of those?

From the spy shots, we see a larger grille even though the camo at the front obscures much of the view. The camo obscures the corners, so there may be some differences to the lower sill and perhaps intakes in each corner, but it doesn’t hide much else.

The rest of the Corsair looks very similar to the current model. That’s a good thing as far as we’re concerned as the current design is pretty good.

It reminds us of a smaller Audi Q5, with the slightly rising beltline, curved room and panel details. That’s a suitably upscale look for someone like Lincoln.

We’re glad they didn’t mess with it too much.

As for the engine and drivetrain, we just don’t know yet. Something new is on the way of rumours are to be believed but we’ll have to wait and see.

We expect the new model to be on sale sometime in Q3 2022.

2022 Lincoln Corsair

The 2022 Lincoln Corsair is a compact crossover that’s more SUV than anything else. IT has a reassuring presence with a calm design and well-designed exterior.

The Lincoln grille is front and centre with angled slights and a series of details on the lower sill.

All panels have detailing, which adds interest to every aspect of the vehicle. Wherever you look, there’s something interesting to see, which is quite the achievement in an SUV design.

Engine and drivetrains

Under that sleek hood is either a turbocharged four cylinder engine with 250 hp, 2.3-litre turbo four with 295 hp or a 2.5-litre four cylinder as a plug-in hybrid with 266 hp and up to 28 electric-only miles.

The gas engines all use an 8 speed automatic to drive while the hybrid uses a hybrid transmission that drives all four wheels.

The engines are plenty enough for most uses. The plug-in hybrid has an extra motor up front so all four wheels get drive and the 14.4-kwh battery pack can home charge with a Level 2 charge in around 3 hours.

As you would expect from Lincoln, the chassis and suspension are smooth and well-balanced. The drive is quiet and composed, rolling over rough roads easily while remaining easy to drive around town.

As a family cruiser, it’s up there. The five-star rating from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS means it’s safe too.

Safety tech includes active lane control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, optional automatic park assist, heads-up display, and surround-view camera.

While we wait for the 2023 model, the 2022 Lincoln Corsair is currently available at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

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