Plug-in Lincoln Corsair Could Be Thin on the Ground

plug in lincoln corsair could be thin on the ground

Lincoln’s compact MKC transformed into the Lincoln Corsair for 2020, bringing style borrowed from its big brother Aviator to buyers of lesser means… or wants.

Tagging along a year late, a plug-in hybrid variant will join the Corsair trim ladder for 2021, but a new report suggests it won’t be in plentiful supply.

According to a dealer order guide seen by CarsDirect, the 2021 Corsair Grand Touring will pack a price premium in addition to its plug-in powertrain. Ditching the stock Corsair’s 2.0- or 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinders, the Grand Touring reportedly starts at $51,225 after destination.

That’s $7,600 more than the cheapest uplevel Reserve (FWD, 2.0L). For the price, buyers get a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder mated to an electric motor, with enough battery capacity to propel the little ute around 25 miles on electricity alone. Combined output is 266 horsepower.

The order guide reveals that not only is the Grand Touring a late arrival for MY2021 (it doesn’t say exactly when the variant will reach buyers), but it stands to become a rare sight. Sure, mixing PHEV technology and compact models, even premium ones, is a tough sell given the necessary price inflation (green incentives notwithstanding), but the order guide predicts the Grand Touring will amount to just 5 percent of Corsair sales.

Half of all Corsair sales will remain the entry model, which starts just north of $35,000, with the Reserve taking up another 45 percent of the pie, Lincoln predicts. That leaves the PHEV Grand Touring playing the crumb role. The reality might be different, as no automaker can correctly predict demand 100 percent of the time. Only time will tell, in this case.

[Image: Lincoln Motor Company, Tim Healey/TTAC]

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  • EBFlex EBFlex on Jul 31, 2020

    $51k for a poorly rebadged Escape that you have to plug in? They’ve lost their minds

    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Aug 01, 2020

      That's the beauty of a plug-in hybrid, you don't have to plug it in but you can and save some money and trips to the gas station.

  • Gedrven Gedrven on Jul 31, 2020

    [wrong thread]

  • IBx1 For all this time with the hellcat engine, everything they made was pathetic automatic scum save for the Challenger. A manual Durango, Grand Cherokee, Charger, 300C, et al would have been the real last gasp for driving enthusiasts. As it is, the party is long over.
  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.
  • Dlc65688410 Please stop, we can't take anymore of this. Think about doing something on the Spanish Pegaso.
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