By Asian Journal Auto Editor
I remember the Ford Corsair rom my youth in England, a pretty little sedan or coupe (Sometimes convertible) from 1960’s produced by the British arm of the Ford Motor Company. The car had a cool front end that looked like an American, 1960s Ford Thunderbird. But I digress. The 2020 Lincoln Corsair is the newest offering from Lincoln, a sharp looking luxury compact SUV set to replace the outgoing MKC and slotting in below the Lincoln Nautilus, Aviator and the full-size Navigator. Based on the Ford Escape underpinnings, Lincoln designer have done an excellent job of making the exterior look fresh with a nice bespoke look to the body. It looks expensive and jewel like. The intricate multi spoke wheels really set the Corsair off. The five-seater is a very handsome beast, with styling cues from the Aviator.
Lincoln is hoping the Corsair will appeal to young professionals who want to get into the Lincoln brand and prize good looks, utility, fuel efficiency, luxury and comfort. To that end Lincoln have made Interior fit and finish, very high end, with liberal sprinklings of chrome and gloss black trim, is appropriately applied. With a high quality leather appointed trim, a lot of work has gone into making the Corsair as upmarket as possible.
Two engines are offered, both turbocharged four-cylinder units. The base 2.0 L produce 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, while an optional 2.3 L develops 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will use a new eight-speed automatic, hooked up to All-wheel drive as standard equipment biased to the front wheels.
The Corsair is big on technology, and includes “Phone as a Key,” an app that lets you use a compatible smartphone as a key fob to start the engine lock or unlock the doors, or operate the liftgate. The Corsair also offers Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus. Featuring such amenities as adaptive cruise control functions in stop-and-go traffic, speed limit signs scanning the capacity to slows down if the limit drops there is also steering assist if you can’t stop in time, and an auto brake feature if you’re about to back into something. There is also a fully autonomous self-parking feature.
Interior wise, the cabin is impressive, with soft-touch materials and high-grade leather delivering luxurious opulence—it is really exceptional for the segment. There is a “floating” center stack, which looks really cool, and allows for more knee and legroom. The backseat provides ample room and can be moved forward or backward to increase legroom or cargo space. One cool feature is, instead of warning chimes, the Corsair warns about unbuckled seatbelts and open doors with notes recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra! To complete the luxury experience, the Corsair is available with 24-way front seats with a massage function. The rear seats slide fore and aft for legroom, and fold flat for more cargo space. Cool, blue ambient lighting on the passenger dash panel, the doors and foot wells also set off the interior.
On the road, the first thing that surprises you is the serene hushed ride, no doubt in part to the Corsair’s active noise control system with the dual-wall dashboard separating the engine and passenger compartments. There are five selectable drive modes. Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep Conditions. The Corsair is peppy to drive with stable, no drama handling. It feels agile, yet not jittery with its firm, comfortable suspension. A high ride height, great visibility and a somewhat sporty ride make the everyday driving experience pleasant. Not a lot to complain about. It is priced well in base from, but options stay jacking the price up. A good alternative to the usual German and Japanese premium cohorts. The Corsair is already on the list of some automotive publications as an award winner in its segment! Highly recommended. 2020 Lincoln Corsair priced from $46,900: plus options, taxes and fees. More info at www.linclon.ca