The 2020 Lincoln Corsair is showing at the New York Auto Show and it looks good! The MKC replacement looks Lincoln rather than Ford and is going to do exceptionally well if the comments from the show are anything to go by.
It’s an SUV based on the Ford Escape but you would never know it. While similar in size, the look and feel are totally unique to the Lincoln. The design is much sleeker and has a more composed feel about it. Inside, luxury abounds and the materials and switchgear look the business.
The design of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair is more rounded than the Escape and has the Lincoln signature front end. A pair of angled lights reflect other new models within the brand as does the small chrome detailing by the A-pillar. A raked windshield and rounded roof keep the aero look going while a slightly flatter rear end with some nice lighting within a light bar completes the look.
A nice set of alloy wheels and reasonable ground clearance offer presence too. A rising beltline from the front fender all the way to rear encourages that aero look and the overall impression is definitely one of quality.
Inside, the minimal dashboard and instrument setup is welcome. You still have all the bells and whistles you expect from a Lincoln but a lot is controlled from the screen rather than requiring its own switch. The switches that are there are tactile and well designed.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair will use a turbocharged four cylinder for power. It’s a 2.0-litre turbo four capable of 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. There will be a 2.3-litre turbo four option rated at 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque too. Both will use an eight speed automatic to send drive to the front or all wheels.
We expect a similar smooth ride to the Aviator with very capable suspension and the same attention to detail in the ride as well as comforts.
Technology hasn’t been forgotten either with Active Noise Control, Phone As a Key, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist, pre-collision assist with automatic braking, head-up display, adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist included or optional.
Phone As a Key in particular looks interesting. A smartphone app that lets you unlock your Corsair, start the engine and set everything up to your liking user driver profiles. It’s a smart innovation that can be quickly deactivated should you lose your phone.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair looks to be a solid option for premium SUVs of a smaller stature. It should arrive in dealerships this fall at a price that has yet to be announced.