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Lincoln Corsair to raid compact luxury CUV segment

Escape-based compact to replace MKC as Lincoln's entry-level crossover

Published: March 27, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: April 1, 2019, 3:09 AM

Lincoln Corsair

Lincoln will unveil its new compact crossover, named Corsair, at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, as it further revamps its model nomenclature.

2019 Lincoln MKC

Like the Nautilus introduced last year to replace the mid- sized MKX, the Corsair will replace the compact MKC in the Lincoln lineup. Unlike the Nautilus, the Corsair will not be a mid-cycle refresh of the current vehicle (since it already had its refresh for this year) but will share a platform with the next generation Ford Escape.

Still, a teaser image released by Lincoln shows a profile that is mildly changed from the current MKC, with a like high-mounted rear spoiler but different sculpting through the lower door panels. It also looks as if the nameplate sits just below the window line ahead of the mirrors. Nautilus has its nameplate in a vent-like plaque just below the mirror.

2019 Lincoln MKC

The headlights look slimmer, though it’s hard to tell where the metal ends and light bezel begins (ditto for the rear wraparounds, too). The grille is definitely the large upright unit of recent Lincoln designs, though, and there seems to be a front lip spoiler.

Lincoln released no information about the upcoming 4-door crossover, but we do have expectations. In keeping with Ford’s engine strategy, it is expected to be powered by the carryover 285-hp 2.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

2019 Lincoln MKC

We’ll have more information when the vehicle takes the stage in New York on April 17, 2019.