The 2021 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring compact crossover made its debut Wednesday, capping off the small utility vehicle lineup with plug-in power and electric motors at the rear.
At the front of the Corsair, the powertrain is the same as the Ford Escape. It’s a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 and an electric motor powering the front wheels. But at the back, Lincoln has added another electric motor with a single-speed transmission to power the rear wheels, just like Toyota has been doing in the all-wheel-drive versions of the Toyota Prius, RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus UX250h. In addition to giving the Corsair four driven wheels, it brings total horsepower up to 266 ponies, an increase of 66 over the Ford. Having this rear motor opens up lots of freedom for how much power is given to the rear wheels, and a Lincoln representative said that the rear can go into a coasting or free-wheeling state when cruising for efficiency.
Five drive modes are standard on the Corsair (Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep), but two are unique to the Grand Touring models. Preserve EV uses the engine and electric motor together while recharging and saving battery power. The battery can be charged up to 75 percent while driving in Preserve mode. Pure EV mode keeps the car in full-electric mode, but if more power is needed, the gas engine kicks in to provide additional power.
Another benefit to the Corsair’s electrified powertrain is a quiet interior, which is further improved with sound-dampening materials. Active Noise Control does its part by enhancing overall sound quality via strategically placed microphones throughout the cabin capable of finding specific frequencies and tuning them out. The Corsair Grand Touring offers sliding second-row seats and a 60/40 fold-flat or split-bench option.
Like the Corsair, the Grand Touring version is equipped with standard active safety features including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and active lane control. An optional safety package will add a suite of driver-assistance features including adaptive cruise control, parking assistants, and reverse automatic braking.
The Aviator Grand Touring starts at nearly $18,000 more than the base Aviator, so the Corsair Grand Touring could start somewhere near $50,000.