Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Delivers 266 HP Via Electric AWD

We are at a moment of change in the auto industry as powertrain technology is changing at a rapid pace. Manufacturers are seeking that balance between the performance customers expect with the efficiency they need. So from traditional gas engines to all-electric motivation (see Mustang Mach-E), there are plenty of ways to motivate a vehicle. The latest SUV from Lincoln, the Corsair Grand Touring, relies on a combination of plug-in hybrid tech and electric all-wheel drive to deliver a potent luxury experience.

“The advanced hybrid powertrain provides a step-up offering in our lineup, delivering effortless acceleration and all-wheel-drive capability that is unique to this segment,” said Patrick Smith, Lincoln Corsair chief engineer. “The gliding, responsive take-off makes Corsair Grand Touring a powerful, balanced and nimble SUV to drive.”

Making up the powertrain is a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine mated to a permanent magnet synchronous motor. This pairing is said to produce 266 horsepower delivered via electric all-wheel drive, and it can travel for 25 miles before the engine needs to provide assist. A PowerSplit electric Continuously Variable Transmission incorporating two electric motors smoothes the power delivery.

Enhancing the high-tech powertrain is a suite of drive modes that allow the driver to tweak the driving experience for any situation. These include standard Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep Conditions modes. Meanwhile two electric-vehicle specific modes — Preserve EV and Pure EV — allow for preserving battery power for later use or maintaining all-electric mode to save fuel.

Continuing the high-tech theme, this SUV takes advantage of the Lincoln Way app, which enables preserving driver preference settings, like seat, mirror, and entertainment settings. It also enables Phone As A Key technology. Using the app, drivers can lock the doors, open the lift gate, and drive the vehicle without a traditional keyfob.

If you are so inclined to drive a compact, high-tech luxury SUV, the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring will arrive on dealer lots next summer.

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Steve Turner

Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge in the world of Ford performance, having covered it for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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