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”.
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.
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