Earlier this year, Lincoln formally unveiled a key piece of its broader SUV focused initiative, with the unveiling of the Lincoln Corsair. Designed to be a much more serious contender in the luxury SUV segment, the Corsair was designed to be a massive improvement over the outgoing MKC. But while it certainly brought a fresh perspective to the ranks, a key piece that was missing was whether it would receive a Grand Touring model like its bigger corporate sibling the Aviator. Lincoln has confirmed that such a plan is indeed in the works, and has unveiled the Corsair Grand Touring at the 2019 L.A. Auto Show.
Aimed at buyers that want electrification but don’t need an extra row of seats, the Corsair Grand Touring aims to deliver on this promise by still offering a good deal of performance and fuel economy. Unlike the standard Corsair, the setup here is decidedly more complex, with a 2.5 liter four cylinder being hooked up to two electric motors. While the numbers are not as mighty as the bigger Aviator Grand Touring, Lincoln claims that it is targeting roughly 266 horsepower or so for the smaller Corsair, as well as a 25 mile driving range in pure electric mode. Of course, both of these figures are mere estimates at this point, so we will have to wait and see if they change between now and when it formally begins production.
Meanwhile, the Corsair Grand Touring also manages to make headlines with its electrically assisted all-wheel drive system which sends electricity to the rear wheels to help compensate the gas driven front wheels. Lincoln claims that this is the first time such a system has been employed on a crossover utility vehicle, and it certainly lends some credence to the Grand Touring’s broader mission in life. Much like its non-electrified sibling, the Corsair Grand Touring features a mighty list of options with goodies such as the divine 14-speaker Revel premium audio system, Lincoln CO-Pilot 360 safety system, and a 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster.
Pricing for the Corsair Grand Touring has not been announced, but look for it to command a hefty premium over non-hybrid models which van surpass $60,000 when opulently equipped. Despite the sticker shock though, having another plug-in hybrid contender in the luxury SUV segment is a very welcome development, and in the case of Lincoln the Grand Touring nameplate will have much more credibility, and the Corsair’s platform is a very commendable set of bones to build such an offering.