Lincoln's new rival to the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC wades into battle with Ford's new C2 platform under its slick skin.
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Alex Misoyannis • Lincoln has taken the wraps off its all-new Corsair SUV at the New York motor show, with its sights set on the Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3.

The MKC replacement will also go head-to-head with the Cadillac XT4 in its home market.

Visually, the Corsair looks like a miniature version of the Aviator, Nautilus and Navigator. Up front there’s a smaller interpretation of Lincoln’s corporate grille, separating thin LED headlights and horizontal daytime-running lights.

At the rear, there’s a full-width LED taillight unit sitting above a subtle lower diffuser and dual exhaust tips.

Inside, it borrows heavily from the rest of the Lincoln crossover range. In the centre of the dash is an 8.0-inch tablet-style infotainment touchscreen, which is standard across all models and features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation.

Buyers can option a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The climate and volume controls sit on a platform floating above the centre console, creating a large storage bin underneath.

Other available cabin features include 24-way adjustable leather seats, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a panoramic glass sunroof, a 14-speaker Revel sound system and alert chimes recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, creating what Lincoln calls “a sanctuary for the senses”.

Underpinning the Corsair is the same C2 platform as the latest Ford Focus hatch and Escape SUV.

Two petrol engine options are available. The entry-level engine is a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder, which produces 186kW and 373Nm, while higher trims feature the 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo-four from the 2020 Focus ST producing 208kW and 420Nm.

Both are paired to eight-speed automatic transmissions. The lower-output engine is available with front or all-wheel-drive, while the upscale unit powers all four wheels as standard.

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair made its public debut at the New York motor show later this week, ahead of a market launch in North America in the northern hemisphere autumn.