For those reading the headline and wondering what a Lincoln Corsair is, it’s supposedly the new name for the current Lincoln MKC small crossover. With that established, the new-named Lincoln is apparently arriving for the 2020 model year and its alleged engine options–including a plug-in hybrid–have leaked out by way of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The leak comes by way of The Truth About Cars who claims to have seen a NHTSA document submitted by Ford showing all engines for the Corsair. Known as a VIN decoder document, it allegedly showed three engine options for the Corsair, including a plug-in hybrid model.
Speaking of the PHEV variant, it will reportedly be powered by Ford’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This seems plausible given the fact the same engine is found in the Fusion Energi, which offers 25 miles of electric range. Like the upcoming 2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid, it appears all-wheel-drive will be standard on the Corsair plug-in.
Rounding out the engine options will be the same engines currently offered the MKC. This means Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost will serve as the base engine with 237 horsepower, while the company’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost will serve as an option with 275 horsepower for those wanting more power, even though that’s 10 horsepower less than today’s MKC.
TTAC is also reporting the Corsair will have a simplified trim level layout, including Standard and Signature trims. This would be a significant change from Lincoln’s current trim level system, which also includes the brand’s flagship Black Label products.
It is also worth mentioning that TTAC has not published the VIN decoder documents it allegedly saw, so this information should be taken with a big of skepticism until something a little more concrete comes out.