Lincoln's desire to fully establish and preserve his history has been tied up in recent years. From the much-loved new naming convention (alphanumeric names are outdated by the way…are you listening Cadillac???) to the dramatically improved interior materials quality and appearance, Lincoln is a brand on the rise. The updated 2023 Lincoln Corsair reflects this push in styling, design and technology updates.
The most noticeable changes are exterior design updates, including a larger grille with a new matte finish, as well as blue accents on the Premium Grand Touring trim. New 20-inch wheel designs with black, gloss aluminum accents are part of a $2,000 optional Jet package that features black exterior trim with blue badging on plug-in hybrid models. Our Grand Touring test car was painted in the new Whisper Blue, an attractive seafoam-like metallic finish that provides a strong contrast to the black exterior accents.
Interior updates also include new color options, such as Smoked Truffle seen on our test model, while Eternal Red will also debut in 2023. The size of the standard infotainment screen has increased significantly, from 8.0 inches to 13.2 inches and includes Lincoln's intuitive 4-in. inch time Interface with steering wheel controls, you can easily adjust settings without taking your hands off the steering wheel. A new center console and a sleek under-dash climate control panel enhance the look of the Corsair's cabin.
While the exterior and interior design cues are appreciated, it's hard to pinpoint the most notable update to the 2023 Lincoln Corsair: advanced driver assistance technology that allows the Corsair to drive hands-free on some highways. Formerly known as ActiveGlide, Lincoln's updated system now bears the parent company's name: BlueCruise. In its latest version, this hands-free technology can now change lanes, adjust speed before tight bends and position the car in its lane based on surrounding road conditions, for example when a large truck is speeding past to free up extra space. move
We tested this technology on several highways in Southern California and were very impressed with its capabilities. Hands-free lane changes and overall lane positioning were flawless, which boosted confidence in the BlueCruise, even (of course) keeping an eye on speed, traffic and general road conditions. The system definitely reduced our stress levels over several days and over 300 miles of travel between Orange County, Palm Springs and San Diego. The evolution of driver assistance technology is amazing to watch, and there are every indication that it will eventually lead to truly self-driving cars.
Until then, we'll be happy to enjoy the benefits of this technology, along with the quiet driving dynamics and quiet cabin of the new Corsair. Our test car cost $58,810 and featured not only Bluecruise, but a head-down display, 24-way heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a 14-speaker Revel sound system. Corsair's plug-in hybrid system pairs a 2.5-liter engine with an electric motor that delivers 266 horsepower to all four wheels. It can travel 28 miles on pure electricity and gets 33 mpg when running in hybrid mode.
The combination of attractive design, balanced handling and the latest features allows the Lincoln Corsair to compete in the highly competitive luxury compact SUV segment. European rivals offer more responsive handling, but the ride quality isn't as comfortable as the Lincoln. Few buyers will take that approach, but luxury buyers who prefer traditional luxury interiors and travel in peace will appreciate the Corsair luxury option, especially if they want hands-free driving (and lane changing) to further reduce vehicle stress.