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2020 Lincoln Corsair PHEV Brings Plug-In Tech to Los Angeles

Lincoln adds a new version of its Corsair. The new Lincoln Corsair PHEV was unveiled during the Los Angeles Auto Show week.

The Lincoln SUV brought in play to replace the MKC, the Corsair, wears the new design philosophy of the Lincoln brand, and it already has a PHEV Hybrid as of today. It’s called the Corsair Grand Touring, and it is outfitted with Lincoln’s standard 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle gas engine that is offered in the Corsair but paired with a hybrid system.

The electrified side is composed of a permanent magnet synchronous motor and a battery. Combined, both thermal and electric powerplants produce an estimated 266 horsepower. No data has been released regarding the torque figure that the duo outputs, but we do know that the manufacturer gave the Corsair Grand Touring a targeted EPA-estimated all-electric range of 40 kilometres.

What differs from the gas-only Lincoln Corsair?

Aside from the powertrain, Lincoln added a few blue-coloured touches on the emblems located on the sides of the vehicle, as well as a slightly different grille in the front. Standard drive modes on the Corsair are Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery and Deep Conditions. But two additional drive modes are specific to this Grand Touring variant: Preserve EV and Pure EV.

The first one uses both gas engine and electric motor to recharge and save the battery power to up to 75% of its capacity for use at a later time.

The second one, Pure EV, will just run the Corsair Grand Touring for as long as it can. When the battery runs out, the hybrid system kicks in.

Inside the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring

Lincoln has long focused on quieting its cabins. And for the first 40 kilometres, the Grand Touring variant of the Corsair will definitely contribute to the experience. The battery shouldn’t impede on cargo and passenger space either, as Lincoln specified that the Corsair Grand Touring will still be able to haul four sets of golf clubs.

After that, the Active Noise Control can muffle outside and mechanical noise, with microphones positioned at strategic places in the cabin to counterbalance frequencies. The ongoing partnership with Revel Audio also attests to that, providing occupants with a sound quality that is above standard.

Otherwise, the Corsair Grand Touring comes filled with standard and available driver-assist features. Like standard Lincoln Co-Pilot360, which is comprised of the Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, a Lane-Keeping System, rearview camera, auto high beam headlamps and Blind Spot Detection with Cross-Traffic Alert.

If you need Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Reverse Brake Assist and Active Park Assist Plus, you can upgrade to Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus, which is available as an option.

The Corsair Grand Touring will hit the market next summer. Canadian pricing will be announced closer to production date.

Lincoln Corsair PHEV | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Lincoln Corsair PHEV | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Lincoln Corsair PHEV | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Lincoln Corsair PHEV | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Lincoln Corsair PHEV | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Lincoln Corsair PHEV | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Lincoln Corsair PHEV | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

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Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé
Louis-Philippe Dubé has been contributing at MotorIllustrated.com for over a year, and for the NetMedia360 network for nearly three years now. His passion for everything automotive comes from a career as a mechanic, but also from the family vehicle collection that includes a 996 Porsche Turbo and a 2004 Ford GT. We've been bugging him to drive the GT, but he hasn't responded. Send L-P an email

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