LA Auto Show 2019

2020 Corsair Grand Touring becomes Lincoln's second PHEV with segment-first electric AWD

The new Corsair Grand Touring SUV features plug-in hybrid electric technology.

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Co.

Lincoln, the luxury arm of Ford Motor Company, has debuted a new high-end model that combines the luxe appointments of a top-tier Corsair with the power of an electrified powertrain.

"Corsair Grand Touring taps into Lincoln's growing momentum and builds on our commitment to electrification," said Joy Falotico, president, The Lincoln Motor Company. "With the addition of Corsair Grand Touring, we now have a family of SUVs that is distinctly Lincoln for every client."

2020 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring PHEV plug-in SUV The Corsair has Lincoln Aviator-like looks from the side.Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Co.

The model has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline-powered engine under its hood that works with a magnet synchronous motor to achieve a combined 266 horsepower. The system includes a continuously variable transmission. Lincoln has paired the powertrain with electric all-wheel drive, a first in its segment. Lincoln estimates that the SUV will have 25 miles of all-electric range.

The model comes with five standard drive modes: Normal, Conserve, Excite, Slippery, and Deep Conditions. Preserve EV and Pure EV drive modes are added in the Grand Touring PHEV model. Preserve EV recharges the battery and saves its power for another time while continuing to use the gasoline-powered engine. In this mode, the battery can be charged up to 75 percent.

In Pure EV mode, the vehicle runs on all-electric power in most driving conditions. If the SUV exceeds that system's capability, the hybrid engine engages to provide additional power.

2020 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring PHEV plug-in SUV The model features blue highlighted badging.Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Co.

Lincoln is touting the vehicle's whisper-quiet cabin, which is says is thanks to sound-dampening materials between the engine compartment and cabin and active noise control technology.

The Grand Touring trim is denoted by blue accented badging and unique 20-inch wheels on the exterior.

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring will be built at Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. It will be available next summer. Pricing will be available closer to the vehicle's on-sale date. The 2020 Corsair starts at $35,945 and the mid-grade Corsair Reserve starts around $42,000. The top-tier Grand Touring will likely be priced in the upper $40,000s.

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Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

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The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

Toyota

The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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