2023 Lincoln Corsair Gains Bigger Grille And Hands-Free Driving Tech, Loses 2.3L Turbo

We’ve added live photos of the new 2023 Lincoln Corsair from the Detroit Auto Show that you can see for yourself in the gallery below. (Updated 9/15/2022).

Nearly four after the debut of the Corsair, Lincoln thought it was time to give its top-selling model a refresh. For the 2023MY, the compact crossover benefits from a redesigned face with a larger grille, a new infotainment touchscreen, fewer buttons, and the updated version of Ford’s BlueCruiste that Lincoln calls the Active Glide ADAS suite while losing the most powerful ICE-only variant.

Most visual changes are focused on the front. Compared to the outgoing model, the grille of the facelifted Corsair takes up more space on the front bumper, the side intakes are taller reaching closer to the headlights, while a horizontal chrome bar has been added above the lower central opening. The rest of the bodywork – including the rear end – remains largely unchanged, setting aside new designs for the alloy wheels, and two extra shades in the color palette (Whisper Blue and Crystal Red).

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Moving on inside, the highlight of the facelift is the larger free-standing 13.2-inch touchscreen on the center console, replacing the old 8-inch unit and incorporating the new SYNC4 infotainment. It is still combined with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, albeit with revised graphics for a high-tech look.

Notably, Lincoln designers opted for eliminating a large sum of physical controls from the now-smaller center console. While this change blesses the facelifted Corsair with larger storage compartments and cleaner looks for the dashboard, it also brings the disadvantage of moving the climate controls in the touchscreen menu, something that might put off some buyers. Finally, two new interior color options are added, called Smoked Truffle and Eternal Red.

The new ActiveGlide 1.2 which was introduced in the larger Lincoln Navigator, brings new ADAS features to the Corsair, including the hands-free Lane Change Assist, the Blind Sport Assist, and the improved Predictive Speed Assist. Finally, the optional Auto Air Refresh system monitors the quality of the air and filters out particles from dust, smoke, smog, etc.

The 2023 Lincoln Corsair is only available with two powertrain options, after the company dropped the turbocharged 2.3-liter from the range. This means buyers can opt for either the mildly-updated ICE-only turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot producing 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) or the flagship plug-in hybrid with a 2.5-liter petrol engine and an electric motor for a combined 266 hp (198 kW / 290 PS). The former is offered in FWD and AWD flavors with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the latter brings e-AWD capability with a CVT gearbox.

Pricing And Availability

Like its predecessor, the facelifted Corsair will be produced at Lousiville, Kentucky. Lincoln has started taking orders on its official website, with the first examples of the updated Corsair set to hit US dealerships in early 2023. Prices, excluding a $1,195 destination charge, start from $38,690 for the entry-level Standard which represents a $2,110 increase over the 2022MY, rising to $43,075 for the high-spec Reserve, and $53,385 for the plug-in hybrid Grand Touring flagship.

Photos Mike Gauthier / Carscoops and Lincoln


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