The Lincoln Corsair just started hitting the streets in the U.S., but Lincoln is already rolling out a new variant. For 2021 Lincoln will be adding a new plug-in hybrid option to the Corsair lineup, dubbed the 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring.
When the Corsair was first announced a hybrid option was a noteworthy omission. Meanwhile, the 2020 Ford Escape–which the Corsair is based off–launched with a hybrid option. It turns out the omission was because Ford needed additional time to develop a unique hybrid option for the Lincoln.
The uniqueness of the Corsair stems from the fact it is a plug-in hybird, whereas Escape is just a traditional hybrid. Lincoln has also added an electric motor at the rear axle to enable all-wheel-drive, which is not an option on the Escape. The added motor has given the Corsair 266 horsepower, which is 66 more than the Escape Hybrid despite using the same naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four as a base engine.
Supplying power to the Corsair Grand Touring is a floor-mounted 14.4-kWh battery pack that consumes no additional interior space versus the normal Corsair. Lincoln says that is enough for the Corsair to drive about 26 miles on a full charge. Owners can charge the Corsair at Level 1 or Level 2 chargers; oddly there’s no DC fast-charging option here.
Despite the electrification, the content of the Corsair Grand Touring is not significantly different over the normal Corsair. Lincoln has swapped the grille out, provided unique 20-inch wheels and blue badges – all cues found on the Aviator Grand Touring.
Lincoln has not disclosed pricing for the 2021 Corsair Grand Touring, but expect it to start above $45,000 when it goes on sale in summer 2020.