Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln brand has informed its dealerships it will rename its MKC crossover during its next redesign. According to dealerships, the MKC will switch names to Corsair in 2020.
Ford showed the Corsair and several other future Ford products to dealerships at a meeting in Orlando last month. During the meeting the Lincoln brand referred to the redesigned MKC as Corsair, though sources have cautioned to Automotive News Lincoln could change the name before it launches.
Lincoln has been in the midst of changing away from its MK naming scheme. Most recently the brand renamed its MKX crossover to Nautilus; a move that came shortly after reviving the Continental nameplate.
Corsair would fit in with Nautilus and Navigator. The word technically refers to the name of a pirate ship as well as a World War II fighter plane. Lincoln seems to be on a trend of utilizing transportation themed names, for which Corsair fits.
Lincoln just refreshed the MKC for the 2019 model year with a few new features and a front clip design similar to the rest of the brand’s portfolio. At the time many questioned why the MKC’s name wasn’t changed at the time, but Lincoln executives hinted that it would have been too costly to relaunch both MKX and MKC under new nameplates simultaneously.
The Lincoln Corsair is expected to go on sale in 2020 as a 2021 model.