2020 Lincoln Corsair Debuts In New York: Honey, I Shrunk the Aviator (Video)

The new model will go on sale later this year

The MKC is gone: Meet the all-new Lincoln Corsair.

With this latest crossover, gone are the strange MK names from Lincoln’s crossovers. Now, along with the Nautilus, Aviator and Navigator, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair joins the lineup. This latest model debuting at this year’s New York Auto Show replaces the aging MKC.

In creating the 2020 Lincoln Corsair, designers took cues from the larger Aviator and Navigator. Although, the new model bears a striking resemblance to the upcoming Aviator — just on a smaller scale. That’s no bad thing, as the Aviator is a good-looking car. And to set it apart, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair does have some unique touches that set it apart.

The front end features a large grille with slim headlights and turn signals integrated into the bumper. The shoulder line extends back from the headlights down the sides of the car, giving it a bit of an aggressive appearance than the larger Aviator. Around the back, there are slim LED taillights, with part of the assembly running all the way across the tailgate.


Under the hood are two engine choices. Like the MKC, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine comes standard, while a 2.3-liter unit is the larger engine available. The 2.0-liter produces “targeted” figures of 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The larger 2.3-liter engine, on the other hand, manages around 285 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers are not too far off the old MKC, and likely not enough to make a huge difference in performance. However, unlike the old MKC, these engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic in the new Corsair.

Lincoln incorporated a new type of rear suspension for the Corsair called rear integral bush suspension. It works to reduce impacts from the road by absorbing them as part of the car’s suspension units, rather than sending them through to the cabin. Engineers also installed a dual wall dash in the 2020 Lincoln Corsair, which uses air pockets to reduce engine noise making its way into the cabin.


On the technology front, the 2020 Lincoln Corsair offers Lincoln Co-Pilot 360, the company’s latest driver assistance suite. Standard features include Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Automatic High Beams. If you upgrade to Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 Plus, you also get adaptive cruise control, Evasive Steer Assist, Reverse Brake Assist and Active Park Assist.

Other optional equipment includes a head-up display, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, and wireless charging. You can also use your smartphone as a key, in lieu of a traditional key fob. With the “Lincoln Way” app, drivers can set up their own individual profiles for the car. They can also set up their phones to lock, unlock and start the car. If your phone happens to die, you can also use the external keypad to unlock the car, and the infotainment screen to prompt the Corsair to start.

2020 Lincoln Corsair
The new Corsair joins the Nautilus, Aviator and Navigator in Lincoln’s revamped crossover lineup.

Pricing and availability

Lincoln has not announced pricing for the 2020 Corsair yet. However, seeing as the old MKC started around $33,995, we don’t expect a huge increase for this new model. At least, if Lincoln wants to keep the Corsair competitive with the likes of the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X3 and Cadillac XT4, among others.

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair will be available in Fall 2019. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more from the 2019 New York Auto Show!