2020 Lincoln Corsair Takes Off With A Cool Name, Elegant Styling And Up To 280HP

Take a another look at Lincoln’s new Corsair crossover through our live pictures from the New York Auto Show in the gallery. (Updated)

Lincoln has pulled the wraps off the 2020 Corsair compact SUV, the all-new replacement of the MKC at the New York Auto Show.

As with other newer Lincoln models, the brand’s entry in the compact luxury SUV segment eliminates the alphanumeric moniker of its predecessor for a name that has both nautical and aeronautical connections.

The 2020 Corsair slots under the full-size Navigator and three-row Aviator, adopting the brand’s familiar (and successful) design identity. The front end is dominated by the company’s upright grille while the rear is all about that full-width taillight.

You won’t be able to tell by looking at it, but underneath the skin, the Corsair shares its underpinnings with the Ford Escape. For the first time in a Lincoln, there’s a rear integral bush suspension that allows a smoother ride.

“Entering the fastest-growing luxury segment, the all-new Corsair is artistically crafted, expertly designed and infused with our unwavering attention and commitment to detail; it’s unapologetically Lincoln,” said Joy Falotico, Lincoln’s president.

Customers will be offered a pair of turbocharged four-cylinder units to choose from: a base 2.0-liter with 250hp and 275lb-ft of torque and a 2.3-liter with 280hp and 310lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In both cases, front-wheel drive is standard but Lincoln will offer the option of all-wheel drive, which can switch from front- to all-wheel drive seamlessly depending on the road conditions. There are five driving modes: Normal, Excite, Slippery, Deep Conditions and Conserve.

Lincoln’s focus with the new Corsair is to provide a real luxury experience in the premium compact SUV segment; the interior is said to be super-quiet, thanks to a dual-wall dashboard in the engine bay that keeps vibrations outside the cabin and an Active Noise Control system.

Even the six different chimes that alert the driver are unique, as they were recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to help the cabin remain a calm place, or as Lincoln calls it “a sanctuary for the senses”. Options include a specially tuned 14-speaker Revel audio system, Lincoln’s Perfect Position 24-way adjustable seats with massage function and wireless charging but features like Wi-Fi and an eight-inch SYNC3 infotainment are standard fit.

There are also three new interior color options with the Corsair: Beyond Blue (vivid blue and white), Cashew (tan and black), and Medium Slate (soft gray with Ebony details).

Driver-assistance systems include the optional Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus bundle that adds Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go traffic jam assist, Evasive Steer Assist, Reverse Steer Assist, Active Park Assist Plus and more. Drivers will also be able to use their smartphone as a key through the Lincoln Way application.

Sales of the new 2020 Lincoln Corsair will start this fall, with production to take place at the Louisville Assembly plant in Kentucky. Prices will be released closer to launch, but expect a small bump from the current MKC that runs from around $34,000 to $47,000.


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  • SteersUright

    Lincoln really looks to be coming along lately…

  • LJ

    What a great looking little SUV.

    • Dennis Scipio

      I mean, I don’t think it’s terrible but It looks rather plain from the exteror. You really think this is a good design??

      • LJ


        • Dennis Scipio

          Okay, I do think it’s a good looking car, but nothing Revolutionary in my opinion. It’s just that I’ve never seen such praise before from a brand such as Lincoln as recent time.

          • LJ

            Revolutionary? Probably not. Stylish? Very much so.

            They’re being praised because they’re churning out quality products.

          • Dennis Scipio

            Maybe. Or maybe I don’t understand Lincoln’s styling, I don’t know. It’s a love-hate relationship for me. I will probably never afford one anyways.

  • Callanish

    I like that Lincoln is really trying hard to stand out and stamp its own uniqueness on every vehicle in its lineup. Whether this translates into stellar sales is anyone’s guess, but they are no longer phoning it in as just an upmarket Ford and it shows. Hope it pays off, because I respect the direction they are heading in.

    • donald seymour

      Actually this is their best selling SUV.

      Edit: Well the MKC was.

  • Nordschleife

    Even in it’s finished ready for the world debut I still don’t think this looks translates well into this smaller package but I love where Lincoln is headed. Let’s keep it up.

  • no25

    Looks good! but looks like every other Lincoln. Guess they’re doing the Russian doll look now like a lot of brands

    • donald seymour

      Yeah but there is definitely a noticiabno difference in my opinion.

    • Youaintwantone- PAM JONES


  • Merc1

    WOW man, talk about putting in an genuine effort. Lincoln is really doing it. Not sold on the look overall yet, it’s kinda like a stubby Aviator lol, but that interior KILLS anything Cadillac has this size. That will go much farther in impressing buyers and getting them to sign the dotted line. The engine choices are another plus. I’m impressed with the effort put in here.


  • Mike anonymous

    OMG I… I think I just cried a little. This actually looks and feels like a real luxury SUV, that I would actually prefer over something from competitors such as Audi, BMW, or Others (at this price point). In fact I actually somewhat prefer this to the bigger sibling the Aviator.

    I really feel we should all just take a second to appreciate this as a beautiful SUV outside, and even more so in. For those of you who have ever spent time on a 16-17 hour flight in first class (it was for my birthday) you will know exactly what I mean when I say that THIS is exactly like sitting within a first class seat (the environment internally feels as such as well.


    Also I just want to mention that Lincoln only has TWO next generation vehicles within it’s line-up currently as the company stated; the Aviator, & now the Corsair.
    ALL of the other vehicles (Continental, Navigator, ETC) are going to feature redesigns and/or replacement models following these two vehicles. I feel as though this is something that need to be mentioned.

    I wasn’t sure this would work well on the smaller crossover, but I actually prefer this to the Aviator, especially on the interior (which is you take a look at the two side by side is very different from the bigger sibling SUV).


    It just feels like a breath of fresh air…. A luxury vehicle from Lincoln that lives up to it’s promise all around; true & REAL Luxury. & That is something I can, and am looking forward, to seeing more from from this amazing American Luxury brand… Well Done Lincoln,.. Well Done.

    • Nordschleife

      How is the Navigatior up for full redesign/replacement Mike?

      • Mike anonymous

        I am not sure why, You’d have to ask the folks at Lincoln. I am not sure the order in which they will be updating/redesigning the line-up, But it’s something they’re going to be doing over the course of the next few (2-3 to 5) years. The Current Navigator will likely be the last to receive a replacement/redesign.

        The current generation Lincoln Navigator came out in 2017 preceding the 2016 concept. It likely won’t be until about 2023 (at the earliest) that they get to it as they’ll be doing basically 1 new vehicle every (or every other) year.

        I am not sure if they will produce concepts previewing the cars or jump straight into a next generation as they’ve done with the Aviator & Corsair. To my knowledge the next generation MKZ will likely be next, then the Continental.

        Hopefully this helps @Nordschleife ?

    • Dennis Scipio

      I would not get that emotional over any vehicle, ever.

  • pcurve

    Glad they’re slowly ditching alphabet naming scheme. There was nothing wrong with name Continental and Towncar.

  • Escalade Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The Lincoln Motor Company has hit yet another home run! Ford Motor Company should have been retired Alan Mullaly of what he had done to this brand; however, thinks to Jim Fairley, and the billions Ford dumped over in Lincoln, it has paid off because this thing looks like a Land Rover with BMW-like materials, and the fit-and-finish looks superb, along with its design features! What a comeback!

    • Youaintwantone- PAM JONES


      • Escalade Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Too early to tell and Ford has had plenty of time to remove its kinks, you should inherit common sense.

        • Youaintwantone- PAM JONES

          You must be an old man, aren’t you

  • Karl

    Thank you Lincoln Motor Company! This is one fine looking SUV. Lincoln you have certainly come a long way recently. Thank you Ford for putting in the resources and time to finally show the heights that can be achieved with this storied American brand. Last but not least,a big acknowledgement is in order for former Ford CEO Mark Fields for his vision and faith in the Lincoln brand. Well done indeed.

    • PhilMcGraw

      It’s sad that Fields was terminated before his visions became reality. William Ford Jr. was too antsy over the stock price and brought in Hackett before Fields could even show his work pay off. Lincoln turning out the products it has is because of him. Even some of the vehicles at Ford that are just now releasing were in the design stages and early planning when he was there. Now who knows what will happen!

      • Karl

        Well said..

  • Wow, what a looker! However, I do feel that Ford is deliberately making their new crossovers/SUVs (Escape, Explorer, Expedition) look not that nice inside and out to let their Lincoln counterparts (Corsair, Aviator, Navigator) stand out more.

    • JTL2017

      I’m sure that’s true.

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      That would be absolutely retarded if true, but I fully expect it TO be true.

  • Harry_Wild

    Looks fabulous so far!

  • Six Thousand Times

    The Navigator styling cues actually shrunk pretty well.

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  • StrangerGP

    Ugliest black C pillar since the Jaguar XJ.

    Edit: The A pillar also really stands out. It’s pretty much the ugliest “floating roof” design I’ve ever seen.

  • Bash

    This looks good, on a side note, I don’t know why they stopped that sliding armrest if you know what I mean.

  • bd0007

    W/ the Aviator and this, Lincoln has been stepping up its game.

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      When you were that far down the back the only way is up.

      • bd0007

        True, but they are exceeding expectations.

        Meanwhile, Cadillac (w/ the XT4 and XT6) is not.

        • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

          “are” not. Who say’s they aren’t? No one has driven the Xt6 yet.

  • rover10

    Pity the new Escape didn’t follow the same styling, as this is more on trend than the ultra soft sibling.

  • designer_dick

    I’m not sure about the blacked out A and D-pillars, but I thoroughly approve of them going for a distinctively, confidently American aesthetic, rather than apeing European luxury styling trends. It manages to successfully walk the rather fine line between just the right side of ostentatious and garish vulgarity. Cadillac should be taking notes.

  • driv3r

    Job well done, Lincoln. These could actually be models that would sell in Europe as well. With different engine choices that is.
    The rear just whispers a bit Porsche Cayenne to me…

  • Dennis Scipio

    I managed to see the Lincoln Aviator at my local auto show in January and I had mixed opinions about it. I didn’t understand why anybody could think it could look great.
    After seeing pics of this Corsair, and the Aviator, I opinions have changed. I think they’re not so bad looking after all. They are great designs for their classes.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I couldn’t agree more. In fact, the Aviator is always shown in top-trim in photos and vidoes. When you see it any other trim, it feels very underwhelming compared to the top trim.

      This is actually my biggest complaint about Ford, is their attempt to try to profit off of higher trims by making their lower level tiers look worse. The black label Continental and a fully-optioned Edge Titanium look incredible, but entry-level models leave a lot to be desired. It’s a great strategy from a business standpoint because Ford is like Land Rover, and can command a 60%+ markup for only 30% extra kit, and people are willing to drop $50k easy on a loaded Explorer, or $80k for a loaded Expedition/F-series truck. But all that ends up doing is cheapening the brand when you see mediocre entry-level models running around with atrocious plastic panels, grille inserts, and cheap headlamps. It’s almost like Ford could use a sub-brand like Skoda and Seat to sell more economical options, while they focus on higher-end products like VW.

      Subaru is taking a different direction: Offering LED headlamps on all trims so that all Subaru’s look sharp on the road, and used Subaru’s are not something you’d be embarrassed to opt for if you’re on a more limited budget. Your car shouldn’t broadcast the limitations of your finances.

  • performante


  • Youaintwantone- PAM JONES


  • Rocket

    It doesn’t quite have the Aviator’s lovely proportions, but that’s difficult to do with FWD. Overall, the styling is exceptional for a transverse architecture. It looks like the days of being embarrassed to own a Lincoln are officially over.

  • Darnell Robeson

    Very impressive interior. Exterior isnt as sexy as the Aviator but its attractive. Keep it up Lincoln

  • dumblikeyou2

    Okay see, now this is a nice looking little package. I even like what they did with the dashboard. And the little details like selectable chime tones is keeping in line with the Asian manufacturers, and how hard is it really, to add chime tones to a microchip? < I'm looking at you GM and Nissan with your one chime tone fits all approach.

  • ErnieB

    That interior just raised the bar a notch for this.. se ya later cadillac!

    • Ron

      I have to agree. It looks gorgeous.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    The front already looks horribly dated.

    • Karl

      We think that you are on the wrong blog!

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        “We”? WHo the Fk are you, the Queen?

        • Karl

          “We” are the real car enthusiasts!

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            LMFAO. REAL “car enthusiasts” don’t get hard on’s for Dated looking Lincoln crossovers on Ford Platforms lol…That’s hilarious.

          • Karl

            Just the troll we suspected all along! Whatever you are peddling you will find no buyers here,now be gone troll! Your video game console awaits …

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            You’re an idiot.

          • Karl

            I was told never to argue with a troll/idiot!

    • ErnieB

      I think you need to visit the Toyota Highlander article.

      • Ron


      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        Yeh it sucks too. Your point?

    • charlotteharry57

      I agree. My neighbor has a ’19 MKC and this looks the same. Lincoln should have held off on updating the MKC.

    • DMax

      There’s always that guy who says [insert brand new car here] looks dated.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        It does tho. Where is the progress from the model it’s supposed to be replacing?

  • Mr. EP9

    Nice and I like how it has proper names whereas GM is still continuing on with cars that sounds like parts numbers you’d get out of a warehouse.

  • charlotteharry57

    Nice that Lincoln and Ford are hopping on the visibility bandwagon (some mfrs are getting worse). Nice big side windows, unlike the can’t-see-anything-out-of MKC.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Exactly. I’ve been waiting for this day for so long complaining about rising belt-lines that do very little – visually-speaking – to make SUV’s look better.

  • AMG44

    Tailgate opening and design very similar to Audi Q5. Overall design looks very modern and stylish

  • Toronado_II

    And what about the Nautilus ? Where is suppose to stand in the line-up ?

    • Brian Regan

      The Nautilus sits between this and the Aviator.

    • LJ

      Corsair = Escape
      Nautilus = Edge
      Aviator = Explorer
      Navigator = Expedition

      • Toronado_II

        Maybe a Ecosport equivalent is in plan against the competitor…

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    This interior tho….

  • Brian Regan

    Another knockout for Lincoln.


    • Mike anonymous

      Why is everyone saying that about the rear? The rear is based on the design (for their entry SUV) started with the MKC & MKC Concept back in 2014 & 2013. That was before the Macan ever existed and the rear end of Porsches still looked like this (below)…


      …, Lincoln was first to it.
      The first time I had ever seen the Macan or the updated Cayenne around 2015, I originally though they had copied Lincoln and just flipped what they had done upside down.

      Lincoln have had this design trait on their vehicles for the last 30 years (relatively) straight, with the first 21st century impression being the 2004 Aviator Concept & 2007 MKX, and the first modern impression being the 2012 MKZ Concept & 2013 MKZ.

      Also I agree with you on it looking good and your statement about how everyone will be crowding around this vehicle, But as for the design; It seems like a proper update to the design trend of the Lincoln Light-Bar (something everyone seems to have now).

  • getoffme

    Cadihack, take notes!

  • JRP

    They should have just renamed the current MKC to Corsair and maybe focus on the outdated MKZ.

    • Brian Regan

      I am actually quite excited to see the new MKZ; ideally renamed the Zephyr. The current car, from what I understand, is actually quite nice just getting long in the tooth. A full update with this new design language would be quite appealing. It’ll never happen, but I’d love for suicide doors to become standard for both Lincoln sedans rather than an expensive limited edition.

      The new Zephyr, a Mustang derived GT, and a fully electric vehicle (or two) and I think Lincoln will be sitting pretty good.

  • sean tooher

    that afterthought blacked out a-pillar is annoying me

  • botornot387

    This looks pretty stellar. It really looks like serious competition. Hey Cadillac, here is how you you do an interior!

  • TheBelltower

    Beautiful crossover. However, that blue accent lighting is as subtle as the decor in a New Jersey strip club. The latest from Lincoln is a solid effort to make honest luxury vehicles. But not necessarily good enough to unquestionably be considered a luxury brand, or enough to quell questions as to why someone would actually spend money on a Lincoln versus the competition. Overall though, if Lincoln can maintain their momentum and steadily improve upon what they’ve done here, then they might actually be around in a decade.

  • DM

    It really looks premium. Good job Lincoln! Just by looking at it you really can’t tell there is an Escape underneath. I’d really like Lincoln to come up with sportier versions of their cars, like S-Line or M-Sport, even if it’s just cosmetic.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I hope so too. Lincolns of yore (waaaay back) were known to have hotrod versions.
      One thing is sure tho: Lincoln is BACK!!!

  • Brian Regan

    What a difference a few years makes, huh? It wasn’t THAT long ago when Cadillac was being “saved” by Art & Science design and the V-Series of performance vehicles while Lincoln was rolling out the MkT. Now here we have Lincoln’s fourth home run in the last two or three years while Cadillac can’t seem to get it’s act together. Obviously I want both to succeed but I think the difference comes from Cadillac trying to emulate the German’s while Lincoln is just doing it’s own thing.

  • TheBelltower

    “With Lincoln, every single model has foundation in a more basic Ford product.”

    That’s the same for nearly every luxury brand. Rolls/BMW, Bentley/VW, Lexus/Toyota. I’ll agree though that Lincoln on a Ford hasn’t been as convincing as a Lamborghini on an Audi.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      You’re right with everything, except Rolls. Their cars are not rebadged 7-series

      • TheBelltower

        All of the cars in discussion share platforms. Arguably, none of them can be described as badge engineered.

        • Matteo Tommasi

          Rolls has a specific platform for its brand only

          • TheBelltower

            For the Phantom, yes. For the Ghost and the Dawn, they share the platform from the 7 series.

  • mattjelonek

    What is the quality of these cars in the US? I know they are based off of Ford’s but are they better quality to the likes of Lexus is the Toyota or Audi to VW? They look really nice on the inside but how do they feel?

    • Andrewthecarguy

      They are good quality, especially the newer ones. Excellent material quality, and look/feel to match. Longevity on the hand is no different than Fords, so really you don’t want to keep for more than 7 years

    • man

      US quality is below Japanese & German brands.

      • DHG2605

        Most German brands have become 2 year and toss cars, the market is flooded with 2 -3 year old off lease used BMW’s, Mercs and Audi’s at almost half price. No one wants them after they go out of warranty.

        • Merc1

          Utter BS.


          • DHG2605

            Do some looking not BS

        • SteersUright

          Yes, while depreciation does back up your claim, the German cars still truly feel premium when you drive them. A feeling no American or Japanese brand has managed to capture just yet. There’s a sense of heavy solidity and quality to German cars, despite the ongoing electrical gremlins and other tech issues. Any Lexus might be better made, but it never feels quite the same despite its far superior reliability.

    • Nick099

      Having driven the snot out of an Escape, I can tell you the chassis is solid and responsive.
      Since the same chassis underpins the Corsair with more HP, it’s probably going to be fun to drive.

      Lincoln did a great job on the styling…..and I normally do not care for Lincoln design.

  • GT

    Don’t forget the fabulous Ford Corsair from the early 1990s in Australia, which was a rebadged Nissan Pintara (Bluebird). Truely an awful, awful car.

  • man

    No CarPlay ?

  • DHG2605

    I would counter that anyone serious about their money and not buying for status would look elsewhere than the German brands.They lease BMW’s, Mercs and Audi’s then drop them like a hot potato when the warranty runs out.

  • SteersUright

    So close, but not quite there. There are still some geriatric, classic 1990’s Lincoln design cues that need to go already. Overall, a huge step in the right direction though and I do wish them well. There’s a lot to like here.

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