When the new Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair were released, the Corsair strangely lacked a hybrid variant like the more affordable Ford. The reason for this is that Lincoln was preparing a slightly advanced hybrid for the little high-end crossover. The 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring elevates itself over the Ford by bringing plug-in capability and a different type of all-wheel drive.
2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Design
At the front of the Corsair, the powertrain is the same as the Ford Escape. It’s a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 and an electric motor powering the front wheels. But at the back, Lincoln has added another electrical motor with a single-speed transmission to power the rear wheels, just like Toyota has been carrying out in the all-wheel-drive versions of the Toyota Prius, RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus UX250h. In addition to providing the Corsair four driven wheels, it brings overall horsepower approximately 266 ponies, an increase of 66 over the Ford. Having this rear motor opens great deals of flexibility for how much power is offered to the rear wheels, and a Lincoln agent said that the back might go into a coasting or free-wheeling state when cruising for performance.
Supplying electrical power to the Corsair Grand Touring is a floor-mounted 14.4-kWh battery pack. Lincoln approximates it will supply sufficient power for the Corsair to drive about 26 miles on a charge. Neither the battery nor the rear motor uses up any interior area, so rear-passenger and freight capacity stay the same as the regular Corsair. Charging can be done at Level 1 or Level 2 chargers, with the previous taking 10 to 11 hours and the latter taking 3 to 4 hours. DC quickly charging is not offered, something that’s included on the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
Hybrid mechanical bits aside, the Corsair Grand Touring is much like any other Corsair. The only indicators that it’s a hybrid are the special grille, 20-inch wheels, blue badging, and additional door for the charging plug. The Grand Touring comes standard with Lincoln’s cell-phone key system, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beams. Automatic parking, a head-up display screen, and adaptive cruise control are all options.
2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Price and Release
Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, however, will likely reveal closer to the on-sale date in the summer of 2020. Taking a look at the price structure for the Aviator, which likewise has a Grand Touring plug-in hybrid variation, the Corsair Grand Touring could be priced above the existing range-topping Reserve trim. That implies it might have a base cost above $43,625.