The 2023 Lincoln Corsair will offer new features in the small premium SUV segment that include available Lincoln ActiveGlide 1.2 hands-free ADAS features for speeds up to 80 miles per hour.
Lincoln ActiveGlide, which was first introduced on the 2022 Lincoln Navigator, adds more capability to the best-selling vehicle in the Lincoln lineup. As Lincoln’s top selling SUV, more than 50 percent of Corsair sales come from conquests (new customers to the automaker).
In addition, the Corsair will be the first Lincoln to debut four new available ADAS features: Lane Change Assist, In-Lane Repositioning, Predictive Speed Assist, and Intersection Assist 2.0.
“Corsair plays an important role in our portfolio — artistically crafted and expertly designed to attract younger Lincoln clients and give them the luxury experience they desire,” says Michael Sprague, North America director of Lincoln. “We want the drive experience to be even more effortless and personal, and the new Corsair will deliver that with advanced technology and new features.”
The 2023 Corsair introduces advanced, hands-free ADAS features for highway driving to the segment. ActiveGlide 1.2 will introduce new available features to Corsair including:
Lane Change Assist can help drivers move through traffic on the freeway with more confidence while using ActiveGlide. The system will perform a hands-free lane change when requested by the driver tapping the turn signal, and it can even suggest if a lane change would be beneficial when following slow-moving traffic.
Predictive Speed Assist automatically adjusts the speed as drivers approach a sharp curve and will signal the driver ahead of time when a speed change is about to occur.
In-Lane Repositioning makes the hands-free highway driving experience feel more natural, keeping the vehicle in its lane while subtly shifting it away from vehicles in adjacent lanes — especially helpful when next to bigger vehicles.
Intersection Assist 2.0 helps clients avoid potential collisions with pedestrians while turning. Corsair will also debut Blind Spot Assist, which will alert the driver with a light on the sideview mirror, applying a nudge in the steering system to help caution against an unsafe action in a case where the driver has missed warnings from the Blind Spot Information System. This feature will detect other vehicles and motorcyclists in Corsair’s blind spots.
Optional Auto Air Refresh, engineered to constantly deliver fresh air into the cabin, pairs a laser sensor with a cabin air filter, ensuring that occupants are receiving high-quality air from outside and fresh air within the vehicle. Activated as soon as the vehicle is started, it can refresh the air at up to 1.5 times per minute.
Meanwhile, an enhanced interior places an emphasis on the brand’s horizontal, signature design. The center stack screen spans 13.2 inches, and features SYNC4 technology and Lincoln Enhance software updates. The driver’s 12.3-inch LCD cluster will also come standard, with the Lincoln-unique Constellation digital interface.
Corsair will also offer the Alexa Built-in hands-free experience with complimentary connectivity to Alexa for three years. Clients can use Alexa to listen to music, navigate, control smart home devices, add items to a shopping list, and more using voice commands such as “Alexa, find the closest gas station,” or “Alexa, play my road trip playlist.” New, enhanced Car Control can tailor Alexa to their natural way of speaking.
In turn, a new and larger grille and wing-shaped daytime running lamps give Corsair a fresh look.
On the new Corsair Grand Touring, the new grille features a sundown satin metallic foil with blue accents that give a warmer tone, while new, available wheel options add personalization options.
“Evolving the design of the popular Corsair was an exciting challenge, and our team accomplished this in a very unique and dynamic way,” says Kemal Curic, global design director of Lincoln. “With the new Corsair we are offering a glimpse into Lincoln’s new exterior design language and introducing new and more youthful colors and materials to offer more ways for our clients make their vehicle their own.”
Two new exterior colors are also available — Crystal Red and, new to Lincoln, Whisper Blue. The Jet Appearance Package is also available on Corsair, giving clients a sense of sporty luxury.
There’s also two new interior themes available on Corsair:
Smoked Truffle — Corsair will be the first Lincoln vehicle in the lineup to introduce the truffle color family — a mid-tone, neutral space with medium-dark soft trim accents to create a warmer, luxurious environment.
Eternal Red – the tasteful new color creates a more youthful, fresher look and offers even more choices for clients to personalize their Corsair. Pista aluminum accents, exclusive to the Eternal Red theme, will also be introduced on the 2023 Corsair. Lincoln’s take on this red space is deeper and richer, providing a sense of warmth and calm, while still providing energy to the interior.
A streamlined lower instrument cluster below the center stack screen creates a spacious front row, making it easier to place and access items in the media bin. A new available backlit applique shines light through a perforated star light pattern, providing Lincoln’s signature constellation effect.
“Color plays a major role in complementing Corsair’s beautiful design,” says Liam Butler, color and materials designer at Lincoln. “Refreshing colors and themes create an ambiance that shift the mood of the interior, creating a warm environment and a luxurious experience that is uniquely Lincoln.”
Corsair will be available in both 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine with a 250-horsepower rating, and as the 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid Corsair Grand Touring with a 266 combined horsepower rating.
The intelligent all-wheel drive system allows for enhanced all-weather capabilities by seamlessly switching between front-and-all-wheel drive, depending on road conditions. Drivers can further customize Corsair with Lincoln’s signature drive modes: Normal, Excite, Slippery, and Conserve. Two additional modes enhance the plug-in hybrid electric driving experience:
Preserve EV saves the battery power while continuing to use both engine and motor.
Pure EV is designed to keep the driver in all-electric mode in many conditions and the hybrid engine seamlessly engages to provide additional power if needed.
The Corsair is built at Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Ky. Ordering for the new 2023 Corsair is now open at www.lincoln.com, and will arrive in showrooms in early 2023.