By on July 18, 2018

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

Lincoln continues to ramp up its SUV and crossover offerings, mirroring the mother ship that recently announced it’s ditching anything with four doors and a trunk.

Spy photogs have captured what certainly appears to be the Lincoln Corsair PHEV while testing in northern Arizona. The giveaway that this Lincoln can be plugged into the mains? A suspicious looking flap, located in the traditional FoMoCo location for recharging: just ahead of the driver’s door.

Image: Brian Williams

According to folks in the know, the launch of this MKC replacement has been pushed forward thanks to the extinction-level event for sedans at The Glass House. Naturally, this has led to a push for crossovers and SUVs. Originally, the MKC replacement was scheduled for 2021, but sources say it’s now on track for 2020 with money freed up from other programs.

Someone call a hearse for the Continental and MKZ, then.

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

In terms of styling, the MKC replacement seems to borrow some cues from the Aviator Concept. The mirrors appear to be lifted directly from the show floor, along with similar front fenders. Around back, the Corsair appears to get Aviator inspired taillights and rear bumper.

The current clamshell, Audi-esque tailgate remains, a unit that reaches skyward while taking the Lincoln’s taillights along with it. The resultant void looks like one of those terrifying Dr. Who monsters with no facial features. At least it is only present while loading groceries. Protruding exhaust trumpets are there for comic relief and will surely be better integrated on production models.

Image: Brian Williams

Currently, there’s no official word on powertrain, but there’s little reason expect anything different than the powertrain found in its soon-to-be electrified cousin, the Escape. In that market space, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can travel 22 miles on battery power while the Kia Niro PHEV can stretch its electric reserves to 26 miles of silent motoring. Expect Ford to best both of these numbers for marketing and bragging rights.

Stuck low on the back bumper are two CAUTION placards in an angry yellow, displaying the words “fuel drain.” This further points to a PHEV drivetrain, as Lincoln engineers are likely keen to see just how far their crossover can travel on battery power alone.

Image: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

While it makes perfect sense to give the people what they want (crossovers and SUVs), your author experiences wide swaths of disappointment and sadness at the possibility of Lincoln sedans vacating our nation. Suffering from Stockholm Syndrome with the Lincoln brand is nothing new for me, however. I do sincerely hope reports of the Continental’s demise are greatly exaggerated. If not, expect to hear a mournful wail from Eastern Canada on the day the last Lincoln sedan rolls off an assembly line.

MKC sales have climbed steadily. In 2017, the brand moved 27,048 of the crossovers. That’s about 5,000 more units sold than the Volvo XC60 during the same timeframe, but less than half the number of the Audi Q5 crossovers that departed showrooms last year.

[Images: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde]

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20 Comments on “Electric Lincoln: 2020 Corsair PHEV Appears in Arizona...”


  • avatar
    FormerFF

    Given that goofy camo job that’s been done to the car, I don’t see how you can pick out a charge port door from these pictures.

    BTW, that’s a very convenient place for the charge port, much better than in the front of the car like a Nissan Leaf.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      I’m sure it’s an educated guess, but Ford has said all future models it releases will have some form of electrification. A PHEV version would give the model something unique over Lexus and Acura offerings as a selling point.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    “Son you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’ If you don’t stop driving that pos EV CUV/SUV Lincoln”

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    I am with this. More turbocharged hybrids. Not quite sold on the plug in thing yet though. I wish manufacturers would experiment with bigger electric motors and batteries in conventional hybrids.

    • 0 avatar
      ClutchCarGo

      PHEV makes a lot of sense to me in my suburban environs. Enough battery power for the short errand runs that happen most days, and an ICE for the rest of the time.

    • 0 avatar
      FormerFF

      It depends on your daily driving routine. I have a 14 mile commute to work and charging available, so I can go weeks without the engine starting. In traffic, EV driving is vastly more pleasant than having the engine running, and depending on where you live, the fuel costs can be really low.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    I wouldn’t count the Continental out yet. Evidently, a refreshed/redesigned model has been shown to dealers with suicide doors.

    Here’s hoping its on the new RWD platform.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Please give me my 4 door Mustang with a Lincoln Star on the hood. Suicide doors and Continental badges would be icing on the cake. I won’t hold my breath.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Well, it won’t be based in the current Mustang, but rather on the CD6 platform that is first going to show up as the Lincoln Aviator and Ford Explorer. The next generation Mustang will likely be based on it as well.

        I would like to see a smaller RWD sedan to replace the MKZ, basically a 4 door Mustang with a true luxury interior. I think the Continental nameplate belongs on the larger car. I wouldn’t necessarily go with Zephyr or even Capri, but either would be preferable to (and more likely than) MKwhatever.

        I still think Lincoln should have made an MKUltra, a car that randomly gives you a dose of LSD and records your reaction. Yes, I’m joking. Reference: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKUltra

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          My reaction might be to turn into Whitey Bulger if those accounts are to be believed.

          You are correct, I think Continental should be the large car even though it has been midsized my entire life. I have no issue with such a car you describe wearing Mark IX Badges though, even with 4 doors.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Save yourself $5-10K and get a loaded Escape, basically the same car

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Lincoln has come a long way in giving buyers an interior that is worth the extra coin over its applicable platform mate. With each new model, this is becoming the case more and more.

  • avatar
    Carroll Prescott

    I’ll never understand the appeal of CUV’s or SUV’s. I love cars – even my sedan is functional enough though I’d buy a hatchback in a minute if I needed – and I’d darn sure buy a nice station wagon there too.

    To me this is a spoiled generation – buying too much product for their needs – and there is no way 90% of drivers need an SUV – I’m exempting those who do business and let em have all the SUV’s they want.

    I believe in the ability to buy what you WANT – but I’m also recognizing that need is few and far between with these – and to make matters worse, the utility of these is often pointless since these same fools will strap their garbage on top of an SUV without even putting jack in the hatch area. Go figure.

  • avatar

    This will be yet another poor handling Lincoln SUV. No wonder Cadillac and Acura outsell Lincoln by more than a 2 to 1 margin. Lincoln should be ashamed of themselves when Cadillac is engineering and designing world class cars like the CT6-V and upcoming Escala.

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