An old name revived with new technology.
With the name change from MKX to Nautilus and the recent reintroduction of the Aviator nameplate, Lincoln is nearly finished its successful shift away from confusing alphabetic names. While the MKT and the Fusion-based MKZ will hang around for a little longer, Lincoln is gearing up to replace its smallest crossover model, the MKC, with an all-new model.
The new crossover, which is expected to go by the name Corsair, should appear as a 2020 model along with styling cues borrowed from the beautiful Aviator SUV. Along with the new looks and the new name, The Truth About Cars reports that there will be three unique powertrains under the hood.
TTAC says it viewed documents from Ford submitted to the National Highway Safety Administration, which detailed the Corsair’s powertrain options. The first two powertrains aren’t very exciting because they will be carried over from the MKC. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will act as the base engine producing 245 horsepower while a larger 2.3-liter engine will offer 285 hp. Both of these engines are currently mated to a six-speed automatic in the MKC going out to front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive but the Corsair should get a few extra cogs in its gearbox.
Using a 2020 Ford VIN decoder, a third powertrain option was also spotted: a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The Corsair plug-in is expected to use the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder Duratec motor currently found in the Ford Fusion Energi. In the Fusion, this engine produces 175 hp but should offer more thanks to the electric assist. Lincoln will likely make improvements to this drivetrain’s electric range, which currently sits at 25 miles in the Fusion. With Ford set to kill off the Fusion and all of its other sedans, it makes sense to use the car’s plug-in hybrid system to make a crossover more appealing to buyers.