A redesigned MKC is coming for 2020, only it isn't called an MKC as Lincoln has ditched its confusing three-letter naming strategy in favor of proper names that just so happen to feature a nautical theme. The new look is very much a mini-me version of the Aviator and Navigator SUV's, with a Range Rover like greenhouse design and grille design first started by the returned Continental sedan. It'll be paired with an 8-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, and the choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Lincoln Corsair will be produced at Ford's Louisville, Kentucky assembly plant when it goes on sale this fall. Blacked-out roof pillars, front and rear, may get a rise out of some armchair design critics. One is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine pumping out 250 hp (186 kW) along with 373 Nm (275 lbft) of maximum torque. There'll be five drive modes, too: Normal, Excite, Slippery, Deep Conditions, and Conserve. There's a dual-wall dashboard to keep engine noise out via an extra air gap, along with Active Noise Control. The AWD system, which activates when traction gets dicey, will be an option with the smaller engine and standard with the 2.3-liter.
The Lincoln Corsair is a more compact expression of what Lincoln dubs "quiet flight", the brand's philosophy of creating a serene, effortless driving experience reminiscent of gliding.
The influence from the Aviator and Navigator is not reserved exclusively to the exterior.
There is a specially tuned 14-speaker Revel premium audio system. Lincoln's cosseting, 24-way "Perfect Position" front seats are a lux option, including individual thigh bolsters and massage.
Passenger and cargo space (and outward visibility) are strong suits: Like the Escape, the Corsair's second-row seat can slide six inches fore-and-aft, for more maximum legroom (at 38.6 inches) than some vastly larger SUV's, including the Mercedes GLS-Class and Tesla Model X. Rear-seat recline is manually operated, in contrast to some fully powered rivals.
All models will come standard with the Lincoln Copilot360 suite of electronic driver aids that includes automatic emergency brakes and lane keeping assist and can be upgraded with an adaptive cruise control system and evasive steering assist that can help guide a driver around obstacles during emergency maneuvers.
Underneath the sheet metal is the same platform used for the new 2020 Ford Escape.
We've reported before on the special chimes (recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra no less) that Lincoln has put in to replace the litany of warning signals and alerts, and they're here.