By on November 20, 2019

Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring

Lincoln’s been a bit of a resurgent brand of late, and the newest crossover for future Matthew McConaughey commercials is the Corsair Grand Touring.

This plug-in hybrid crossover has electric all-wheel drive (read: electric drive motors provide most of the power to the wheels) and will give Lincoln a second PHEV offering, following the introduction of the Aviator Grand Touring.

A 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder mates with an electric motor to provide what Lincoln is targeting as 266 system horsepower. The brand’s aim? “More than” 25 miles of all-electric range.

A “PowerSplit” electric continuously-variable automatic gets the engine’s power to the front wheels when the 14.4 kWh battery is depleted; the electric motor mated to the engine provides the hybrid function, while a second motor integrated into the rear axle provides all-wheel grip or extra power as needed. It’s mechanically independent from, but works in concert with, the hybrid powertrain.

There’s a whole bunch of drive modes on tap: Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, Deep Conditions, Preserve EV, and Pure EV. Preserve saves battery for a later time, and the battery can be charged up to 75 percent. Pure works to keep the car in all-electric mode as much as possible.

Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring

Inside, Lincoln uses noise-canceling technology to keep the cabin as quiet as possible. The second-row seats have 6 inches of travel and can be had as either a split bench or 60/40 split-fold. Lincoln claims that even with four passengers, the Corsair Grand Touring will hold four golf bags or four full-size pieces of luggage. Massaging seats will be available, along with 20-inch wheels.

Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring

Owners will also be able to use their smartphone as a key, not just to gain entry or open the liftgate, but also to start the engine. Standard kit is Lincoln Co-Pilot360 driver-assist tech — a bundle that includes pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping system, rearview camera, and auto high-beam headlights. One can upgrade to Plus, which adds adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, evasive steering assist, reverse brake assist, and active park assist plus.

Should buyers find that list lacking, a head-up display will also be available. The Corsair Grand Touring, bound for assembly in Louisville, Kentucky, goes on sale next summer.

At first glance, the Corsair strikes me as a handsome yet anonymous luxury crossover that doesn’t move the needle much. And that’s fine. It’s likely to have competent on-road dynamics and just enough luxury to make Lincoln buyers happy, plus just enough green cred to make owners sound environmentally responsible at dinner parties. Certainly, it looks stylish enough that the well-heeled won’t be ashamed to be seen in it.

Lincoln’s resurgence started with the current-gen Navigator, but built up steam with the Aviator and the stock Corsair. The Grand Touring doesn’t need to be as impactful, it just needs to maintain the momentum. On paper, it appears like it will do just that.

[Images © 2019 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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23 Comments on “Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring – PHEV Power to Maintain Lincoln’s Momentum...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    “just enough green cred to make owners sound environmentally responsible at dinner parties.”

    Amazing this is a genuine topic of conversation. I get being seeing in certain things that have presence, of which the Corsair has none, but now we’re going to show off to each other… Oh I have a PHEV you don’t? Nobody cares. Maybe, just maybe a Tesla might get swoons for a bit more until they all have them.

    • 0 avatar
      Nick_515

      How do you know this is a genuine topic of conversation? Just because this is how journos keep referring to these vehicles, doesn’t mean it’s true.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I don’t I’m just quoting the author. I don’t know what blowhards say to each other at dinner parties held by our social betters.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          Diner parties where the topic of conversation is what kind of car you drive is often followed by comparing the size of your McMansions and the private schools of their children, Jayden, Hayden and Madison

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            MAN1: “I’m driving uninspired blob 1, how about you?”

            MAN2: “I drive uninspired blob 2.”

            MAN3: “Well, I just got into uninspired blob 3, its so blobby its sick.”

          • 0 avatar
            ravenuer

            They’re talking about dinner parties. Diner parties is where you go for ham n eggs n coffee in the morning. :)

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Sorry, I’m trying to coserve my use of “N”s, fortuately you kew what I meat ;-)

            BTW it’s ok to talk about what kind of car you own at bars and diners

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            If I had Aviator Hybrid money the first thing out of my mouth would be how much freaking HP and torque that sucker had.

            Then – oh yeah that’s because it’s a hybrid.

    • 0 avatar
      RHD

      Can I get one with sequential tail lights and an illuminated horse logo embedded in the grille?

  • avatar
    NoID

    Some of those drive modes sound like they belong in the previous article about the sexification of Alfa for 2020.

  • avatar
    redapple

    Lincoln is getting it s mojo back.
    Why
    How?

    Ummmmmmm. How about nice styling and real car names (not random letters from the alphabet.)

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    “A 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder” – what’s the background on that engine? It sounds suspiciously like a Toyota engine.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      The 2.3, 2.5 and 2.0 Atkinson cycle engines they have used in their previous and current Hybrids and Plug-In Hybrids is all Ford and I’m sure this one is derived from the current family of 4cyls, IE the 2.5 that is the base engine in the Fusion.

      The difference between a regular and Atkinson cycle engine is the profile of the intake cam lobe, though the on-paper static compression usually gets a boost too. So a different intake cam and pistons.

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    Count me as disappointed in the EV only range. I was expecting a real bump from what the current Fusion Energi can do. The 39 or so of the RAV-4 would have been perfect as that would get the wife or me too and from work.

    Either way this is looking like the wife’s next car.

    Oh and actually that rear motor/differential is the 3rd motor in the system. The transaxle has two, the starter/generator and the traction motor.

    The other thing that will set this and the Escape apart from the RAV-4 is that it’s rear programing will almost certainly be of the gas and go variety as other Ford products are instead of the slip then grip system Toyota and many others use.

    • 0 avatar
      brickgeek

      I suspect the weight is hurting them here. This is going to have a bunch more sound deadening and what-not. That being said, the Corsair is probably a way more comfortable place to spend time.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      25 miles out of 14.4 kWh is pretty pathetic. Even allowing for 3 or so kWh to be set aside for gas/electric mode, this thing should be getting somewhere in the low 30s on electricity alone.

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        From what I read earlier about the Escape version it sounded like it would do at least 30 miles. Sure the Lincoln might be a bit heavier but it shouldn’t effect it that much.

        When you compare it to the C-Max it has somewhere near 2x the EV portion if they reserve that same 1.4 they used in the standard Hybrid version. So even accounting for the extra weight and possibly slightly higher drag yeah the thing should be able to do 30 something.

    • 0 avatar
      Wheatridger

      Twenty-five EV miles doesn’t sound like much, but for most of us, it covers every trip to the grocery store or hardware store or library (which says something about my own life). So you have an EV when that serves best: short trips where a gas engine would never warm up and operate at its best; and a long-legged hybrid when you need to pound some serious miles and cruise 600 miles between gas stations. My C-Max Energi is is perfect for that. The current average over the past 15000 miles is 75 mpg, though I take several hundred-mile drives per week. Oh, and don’t forget the nightly recharge that costs me about $20 a month.

      My other car, a C-Max Hybrid, gets half that mileage. At the end of the day, or the year, or the climate, what really counts is the overall efficiency.

  • avatar

    Why car reviews become so boring and predictable? Is it a Canada thing?

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