The Corsair originally arrived in late 2019, as a replacement for MKC and now represents the company’s entry-level model, which has a lot of nice things to offer. However, the competition in this segment is extremely tough, so the fourth production year is about to bring some changes. More precisely, the 2023 Lincoln Corsair is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh. The test mule has already been spotted on the road and the styling changes are most obvious. We believe that there’s enough room for updates in other aspects as well.
Despite the changes, we have no doubt that the overall layout will remain the same. This will still be a crossover that offers a smooth and comfortable ride, but offers a decent level of athleticism as well. We also, like the powertrain lineup, as well as the long list of standard and available equipment.
Considering the updates, we expect that the 2023 Lincoln Corsair will arrive a little bit earlier than usual, probably in the third quarter of the year.
2023 Lincoln Corsair Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Lincoln Corsair is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh. The test mule has already been spotted on the road and we can see massive camouflage at the front. This clearly indicates a comprehensive update of this part, which would include revisions of parts like headlights, grille, bumper etc. On the other hand, the rear end probably won’t feature any notable change. Finally, expect to see typical mid-cycle updates, such as new wheels, color options etc.
On the other hand, we don’t expect to see changes regarding mechanics. The 2023 Lincoln Corsair will continue to ride on the C2 platform and share most of its part with Ford Escape. The two models have a lot of things in common, including the same wheelbase and total length. Still, the Corsair comes with a notably more refined suspension setup, which ensures a smooth and comfortable ride.
The 2023 Lincoln Corsair interior probably won’t receive bigger changes. The current layout will remain largely the same and while it doesn’t impress, it doesn’t disappoint either. Yes, there are some of Escape’s outlines of the dashboard design, but the materials and overall quality are pretty good, typical for the class, we would say. Of course, there is always room for updates in terms of new color schemes and similar things.
The level of comfort is also pretty decent. Both rows of seats have enough space to accommodate taller passengers. Still, it’s hard not to notice that the front seats aren’t as massive and comfortable as you would expect from a premium vehicle. On the other side, the front seats offer plenty of adjustability options, which makes finding the perfect position pretty easy.
The cargo area offers around 27.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 57.6 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which is about average for the segment.
We expect that the upcoming update will also bring more standard and available features. One of the most anticipated things is the new infotainment screen, while reports also suggest the addition of Lincoln’s new ActiveGlide semi-autonomous driving system.
These probably won’t be the only changes but it’s hard to predict what else could happen, considering that the current model already comes with a lot of standard equipment. There are things like an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, as well as remote start, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The list of options currently includes things like a panoramic sunroof, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless device charging, navigation, a 14-speaker Revel sound system, and HD Radio. We presume that some of these things will become standard after the upcoming update.
2023 Lincoln Corsair Engines
Things under the hood shouldn’t change. Therefore, base models will carry on with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. That is more than enough to satisfy most of the potential buyers. More ambitious drivers can opt for a 2.3-liter turbo-four, which puts out 295 horsepower and offers notably better driving dynamics. Both engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which doesn’t feel competent enough to deal with these engines in a proper way.
The PHEV version should carry on in the same way as well. This version uses a system that’s based on a 2.5-liter inline-four, which comes in a combination with a couple of electric motors. The total output goes around 266 horsepower. The system comes coupled with a CVT gearbox.
2023 Lincoln Corsair Release Date and Price
We expect to see the updated crossover sometime in the second half of the year, with the starting price of around 38.000 dollars. The 2023 Lincoln Corsair will continue to compete in a highly crowded segment. Some of the key rivals are models like Cadillac XT5, Infiniti QX50 etc.