We answer 5 important questions on the new Lincoln Corsair unveiled in New York.
It is difficult not to dismiss the new 2020 Lincoln Corsair as just another new SUV unveiled at this year’s New York Auto Show. Fact of the matter is that it remains a very important player for Ford luxury brand if it hopes to survive and retain relevance in this competitive segment.
Ushered into the car world some five years ago, the Lincoln MKC was engineered and designed to answer every conceivable want and need for the luxury SUV buyer. Despite these efforts, the MKC failed to ignite the passions of these discerning buyers.
For the 2020 model year, Lincoln returns with a more luxuriously appointed, elegantly designed MKC and have called the Corsair. Many elements from the MKC are still around however it’s important to note that it was not a bad vehicle to begin with.
What’s New About The 2020 Lincoln Corsair?
All the visuals are new. Lincoln’s “sculpture in motion” design language has done wonders for the Nautilus and the Aviator and quite frankly, the Corsair is the sharper dressed of them all.
While hints of the MKC are still visible on the outside such as the hatch opening, the cabin is a complete departure. The dashboard features a long horizontal plane with the upper centre console is cantilevered above the lower and holds HVAC and audio controls – the look is very premium.
And this premium aspect is extremely important. To enhance this image, Lincoln’s thrown in the possibility of outfitting your Corsair with a 14-speaker Revel audio system, 24-way massaging Perfect Position seats to join the standard 8-inch touchscreen, SYNC 3 with AppLink, head’s up display and more.
Lincoln’s also worked hard on improving refinement as a whole. According to them, the cabin will be considerably quieter and the ride quality will be next-level when compared to the MKC it replaces.
What’s The 2020 Lincoln Corsair ‘s Price?
At the time of writing this, pricing for the new Corsair is not yet known. The 2019 MKC Select starts at $42,150. The Reserve trim starts at $47,300 and, with a few options, easily tops out at over $52,000.
There’s little doubt in our minds that the established pricing structure will vary very much for the 2020 Corsair. Its chassis and powertrains are unchanged or nearly which we think would suggest that $43,000 should cover a 2020 base Select trim Corsair.
When Will It Be Released?
The new 2020 Lincoln Corsair arrives this fall. Official pricing will be announced closer to this date.
Who Will It Compete With?
The Corsair has its work cut out for it. The German manufacturers are its biggest rivals. From Audi, both the Q3 and Q5 are rivals. BMW offers the X1, X2 and ever X3. Mercedes-Benz has the GLA and GLC.
The new Cadillac XT4 is part of the game as is the XT5 when Caddy includes massive deals in the transaction. Then there are the Japanese brands. Think Lexus UX and NX, the Infiniti QX30 and QX50 and the Acura RDX. And let’s not forget the Volvo XC40!
And then there’s the value you associate to the brand… A Volkswagen Tiguan can be quite attractive and loaded at $40k.
What Do We Think About the 2020 Lincoln Corsair?
We’ve liked the Lincoln MKC since the beginning but it’s never stood out for any particular reason. As the Corsair, the little Lincoln might be more attractive and luxurious but we’re stumped as to explain why someone should get it over most of the German offerings.
Perhaps, after we drive it, we’ll change our tune but, in the meantime, we’d suggest the Acura and Caddy XT4 if the Germans don’t do it for you. Understand we’re not saying to stay away from the Lincoln, we’re saying that there are many interesting options to consider first.
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Read your comments. No mention of a new (lighter and stronger) platform? Isn’t the transmission part of the powertrain?. No changes?? Why get it over German offerings. I’ll tell you why. Everybody I know who owns German cars, especially BMWs (3 people), have experienced costly maintenance and have had problems…serious ones in two of the cases (complete motor rebuild on 750 with less than 50000Km!). Same goes for “issues” two Tiguan owners I know (have you looked at the size and height of the rear hatch opening?)…but they still swear by German cars (except one). My wife’s 2016 Escape Titanium has been the most trouble free car we’ve ever owned (including a Lexus 400 and Infiniti G coupe). Going in next week for the first “problem” ever (replacing the center stack screen module). Great cargo storage and fun to drive. Big reason why I’m looking at the Corsair (nicer interior than a GLC or BMW). Can’t wait for it to come out so I can drive/compare them myself. Would have considered an Acura RDX but both my daughter (2016) and b.i.l. (2017) already have one. I just don’t understand the negativity towards Lincoln.