In 2020, Lincoln refreshed the MKC and renamed it the Corsair. This new entry-level luxury crossover went through a few updates in its second year, including gaining a new plug-in hybrid variant and a few revised packages. With it still being a relatively fresh model, we expect the 2022 Corsair to arrive as a carryover model.
The Corsair takes all the Lincoln design cues and downsizes them to fit its compact body, and it suits it well. It boasts an upright mesh grille, sweeping headlights, muscular shoulders and hips, and more. Being a compact crossover, it is a little more on the swoopy side than its big brothers, the Aviator and Navigator, to better appeal to its target buyers. We expect this design to remain in the 2022 Corsair.
Though loosely related to the Ford Escape, you’d never know it once you step inside the Corsair. It surrounds you in tasteful luxury that avoids going over the top. It boasts multicolor upholstery, full-width passenger side air vents, careful use of gloss black and metallic accents, and more. It’s all topped off with a standard 8-inch touchscreen sitting atop the dash.
The current Corsair has two engine options, starting with a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit. Optionally, buyers can add a 2.3-liter turbo unit that boosts its output to 295 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque. Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front or all-wheel drive. We expect the same powertrain options in the 2022 Corsair.
The IIHS ranks the Corsair a Top Safety Pick, but this only applies to Reserve models with the optional LED headlights, as the base headlights don’t meet the minimum requirements. The Corsair comes standard with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. Buyers can opt for a head-up display, automatic parking assistance, and a surround-view camera system. We expect these safety features and ratings to remain the same in the 2022 Corsair.