Stylishly well versed & premium package skinned, Lincoln’s Corsair ups the mid-sized SUV game.

Words. Angus MacKenzie
Photos. Angus MacKenzie + Lincoln Canada

Using the newly minted Ford Escape as a base structure, the all new 2020 Lincoln Corsair jumps in to the brand’s bullpen as its only entry-level ride. Replacing the outgoing MKC the Corsair maintains the marque’s branding mandate with a smaller, tighter package and $40k price point.

While many might know the Corsair from the WWII Pacific theatre, Merriam-Webster has it defined as a “privateer of the Barbary Coast” Image Lincoln

Corsair consumers are given the choice of a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-banger, good for 250 horsepower / 280 ft. lbs. of torque or a 2.3 liter turbo good for 295 hp and 310 ft.-lbs. of torque. Our Reserve model, equipped with the bigger motor, allows the Corsair to move from 0-96 kph in 6.7 seconds or 0.6 of a second faster than the outgoing MKC.

Corsair owners are given a pretty satisfying experience in Exite It Up Mode. Image Lincoln.

Turbo lag is negligible as noted in previous motor reviews with fast spinup and power delivery. Upper end power starts to ween out but for the average driver these fringe performance elements should not be an issue.

Car & Driver has additional Corsair performance figures (because I can’t drive and stopwatch simultaneously) such as: 0-160 kph in 17.3 seconds, mid-range passing time from 80 – 112 kph in 4.3 seconds, drag-strip 1/4 mile in 14.3 seconds at 150 kph and braking from 112 kph – 0 in 165 ft (50.3 m).

While the base model competes well price-wise against the competition, it starts to get a tad pricey once optioned out in Reserve form and up.

A new 8-speed auto-box fits right into the compact mashup providing good gearing across the driving range. Four drive modes are again standard fair for the Corsair: Normal, Excitable, Snowing again, Deep conditions and Safeway mode.

Big of Audi and VW from this angle, not necessarily a bad thing in the new 2020 Lincoln Corsair.

What helps make the Corsair standout from its competition, and predecessor is a newly minted design footprint. As with all Lincoln’s quality, plush, hand-selected materials are standard kit for the 2020 Corsair. Fitment and sound dampening are top notch as to be expected as is the Revel hi-fi for blasting out those wayfinding directions.

Corsair back areas be bright and airy for rearward occupants. Image. Lincoln

The cabin is a bit tighter than its bigger brethren but still impressive for space and ergonomical related items. Rear seating provides additional passengers good visibility and enough legroom to stay comfy for miles/kilometres. Headroom the same.

Corsair cockpit has the right mix of cozy and functional comfort. Image. Lincoln

Cargo space suffers slightly because of the reduced sizing but provides more than ample room for most inner city venturings or weekend to the cabin.

The 2020 Corsair has an 8.0 inch touchscreen running Lincoln’s Sync 3 infotainment system is standard, with a 12.3 inch digital gauge cluster as optional. Our Reserve changes out the 10-speaker stereo system for a 14-speaker Revel setup and adds SiriusXM satellite radio with real-time traffic and weather updates.

Watch for the new Corsair Grand Touring Hybrid available very very soon.

Cargo space is at a premium due to the crossover’s reduced size, however there’s still plenty of room for this many bespoke suitcases. Image Lincoln

Pricing for the new 2020 Lincoln Corsair starts at $44,700 in Standard 2.0 L trim. The Reserve model comes in at $50,500 CAD

Car & Driver has the 2.3L turbo model running from 0-60 mph (96 kph) in 6.0 seconds.
Much liking of this white leather interior option.
Lincoln Corsair replaces the outgoing MKC
Respectable cargo space, with seats down
Corsair cockpit offers quality finishes and styling to its Lincoln demographic
In Excite Mode suspension & steering tighten up nicely, making for a pretty decent sportiva handling experience.
Buyers can choose from AWD or FWD models.

Source. Lincoln Canada

Angus Mackenzie

Canadian born automotive & architectural photographer. elemente magazine was born in 2006 as a Canadian national design publication . It remains as an online entity.

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