2023 Lincoln Corsair: New Face, New Features

The Lincoln Corsair returns for 2023 as the smallest SUV in the brand’s lineup, bringing a new face and updated advanced driver assistance tech to the compact luxury SUV class. Lincoln parent automaker Ford recently announced enhancements to its BlueCruise hands-free driving systems (dubbed ActiveGlide on Lincolns) with their debut on the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the refreshed Corsair will be the first Lincoln to get the upgrade.

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New Tech

Lincoln ActiveGlide 1.2 adds three features to the hands-free driving system meant to improve the experience and make it feel more natural. The most significant change is the addition of driver-initiated, hands-free lane changes. The upgrade can also automatically adjust the Corsair’s speed to smoothly navigate a curve and reposition the Corsair in its lane to keep it from getting too close to vehicles in neighboring lanes. You can check out the full details on the upgrade in our report above.

Beyond enhanced ActiveGlide, Lincoln will give the Corsair what it calls Intersection Assist 2.0, which it says will better enable the Corsair to detect pedestrians while turning. Blind Spot Assist is another new feature, providing steering feedback in an effort to prevent collisions with vehicles detected in the Corsair’s blind spot.

New Looks

Continuing to look like a smaller Aviator, the Corsair gets a larger grille and redesigned headlights. According to Lincoln, the plug-in-hybrid Corsair Grand Touring’s grille features a “sundown satin metallic foil with blue accents that give a warmer tone, harmonizing with shine.” New wheel options and paint colors complete the exterior updates.

Inside, the controls at the center of the dashboard have been “streamlined,” which Lincoln says will open up the cockpit area and improve storage. Additionally, the 13.2-inch touchscreen will use Sync 4 — not the more advanced Sync 4A — and its software can be updated over the air. New interior color themes will also be available.

Not-New Powertrains

The 2023 Corsair and Corsair Grand Touring PHEV’s powertrains carry over from the 2022 model year. The gas-only Corsair will be available in front- or all-wheel drive, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 250 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Touring, meanwhile, makes a combined 266 hp and has standard AWD and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Release Date

Ordering for the new Corsair is now available, with models expected to arrive at dealers in early 2023.

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