Three and a half years after the debut of the Lincoln Corsair, the automaker revealed the facelifted version. The 2023 Corsair gains a redesigned face with a larger grille, a new infotainment touchscreen, fewer buttons, and the Active Glide ADAS suite while losing the most powerful ICE-only variant on the way.
Most visual changes are focused on the front. Compared to the outgoing model, the grille of the facelifted Corsair takes up more space on the front bumper, the side intakes are taller reaching closer to the headlights, while a horizontal chrome bar has been added above the lower central opening. The rest of the bodywork – including the rear end – remains largely unchanged, setting aside new designs for the alloy wheels, and two extra shades in the color palette (Whisper Blue and Crystal Red).
Moving inside, the highlight is the larger free-standing 13.2-inch touchscreen on the center console, replacing the old 8-inch unit and incorporating the new SYNC4 infotainment. It is still combined with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, although with revised graphics for a high-tech look.
Notably, Lincoln designers opted for eliminating a large sum of physical controls from the now-smaller center console. While this change blesses the facelifted Corsair with larger storage compartments and cleaner looks for the dashboard, it also brings the disadvantage of moving the climate controls in the touchscreen menu, something that might put off some buyers. Finally, two new interior color options are added, called Smoked Truffle and Eternal Red.
The new ActiveGlide 1.2 which was introduced in the larger Lincoln Navigator, brings new ADAS features to the Corsair, including the hands-free Lane Change Assist, the Blind Sport Assist, and the improved Predictive Speed Assist. Finally, the optional Auto Air Refresh system monitors the quality of the air and filters out particles from dust, smoke, smog, etc.
The 2023 Lincoln Corsair is only available with two powertrain options, after dropping the turbocharged 2.3-liter from the range. This means buyers can opt for either the mildly-updated ICE-only turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol producing 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) or the flagship plug-in hybrid with a 2.5-liter petrol engine and an electric motor for a combined 266 hp (198 kW / 290 PS). The former is offered in FWD and AWD flavors with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the latter brings e-AWD capability with a CVT gearbox.
Like its predecessor, the facelifted Lincoln Corsair will be produced at Lousiville, Kentucky. Lincoln has started taking orders on its official website, with the first examples of the updated Corsair set to hit US dealerships in early 2023. Pricing starts from $38,690 for the entry-level Standard, $43,075 for the high-spec Reserve, and $53,385 for the plug-in hybrid Grand Touring flagship.