2019 LA Auto Show: Lincoln Debuts Corsair Plug-In Hybrid SUV

November 20, 2019 by Sebastian Blanco, @SebastianBlanco

Lincoln unveiled its Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid crossover at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

The gas-powered Corsair replaced the MKC when it came to the market earlier this year. It becomes Lincoln’s second plug-in hybrid, alongside the Aviator Grand Touring.

The plug-in Corsair will compete with the small number of luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs already available, including the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, Volvo’s XC60 and XC90 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

Here’s what you need to know about the new Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring.


As a plug-in hybrid, the Corsair Grand Touring can drive on electricity alone. When its charge runs out, a gasoline engine kicks in and provides power. Such vehicles typically get state and federal environmental credits and rebates. They also get access to carpool lanes in some states.


The powertrain uses a specially engineered 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a permanent magnet synchronous motor to produce an expected total of 266 horsepower to the front wheels. Two electric motors provide all-wheel drive. The lithium-ion battery placed under the floor should offer over 25 miles of all-electric range.

Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid crossover. (Photo: Lincoln)

Corsair Grand Touring plug-in hybrid crossover. (Photo: Jerry Hirsch/Trucks.com)

That means the Corsair plug-in will not be eligible for a $1,000 rebate in California. The state is raising its all-electric range for eligible plug-in hybrids to 35 miles from the present 20-mile requirement.

Lincoln said that official EPA ratings for fuel economy and range would be made available in 2020.


The Corsair plug-in hybrid has the same five drive modes that Lincoln offers in its other vehicles: normal, conserve, excite, slippery, deep conditions. It also has two plug-in hybrid-specific modes. Preserve EV is intended to charge the battery – up to 75 percent full – and save the option of electric driving for when the driver selects it. Pure EV mode will keep the Corsair Grand Touring in all-electric mode as long as possible. If the driver requests more power than the electric motors can provide, the gas engine will jump in to help out.



Lincoln Corsair and Corsair Grand Touring. (Photo: Lincoln)

The Corsair Grand Touring has several standard safety and driver-assist features, including pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keeping system and auto high beam headlamps. The optional Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus system adds adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, evasive steering assist, reverse brake assist and active park assist plus. Lincoln also offers an optional head-up display.


The Lincoln Way app allows owners to use their phone as a key to the Corsair Grand Touring. The phone can lock or unlock the doors, open the liftgate and start the vehicle. The app can also store driver preferences for the seat, mirror and steering column positions, as well as some infotainment settings. Buyers can upgrade the front seats to Lincoln’s Perfect Position seats, which offer 24-way adjustability, massage capability and additional lumbar support.

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