Ford expands hands-free driving system to $40,000 Lincoln Corsair crossover

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2023 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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DETROIT — Ford Motor is expanding the availability of its hands-free highway driving system to Lincoln’s entry-level Corsair crossover as the automaker expands the technology to lower-cost vehicles.

The 2023 Corsair will be the sixth vehicle in Ford’s lineup to offer the system and only the second Lincoln model, after Ford’s flagship Navigator SUV. With the expansion of the system – branded ActiveGlide for Lincoln and BlueCruise for Ford – the Corsair will be the cheapest vehicle in the company to offer the technology.

The Corsair will be priced from about $40,000 to $55,000, including a plug-in hybrid electric model. Ordering for the crossover is now open, with vehicles expected to arrive in US showrooms in early 2023.

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Ford’s electric Mustang Mach-E currently offers the technology and starts at about $50,000, including the option. The Corsair will offer the system on all three trims of the vehicle, company officials said.

The 2023 Lincoln Corsair will offer the company’s next-generation ActiveGlide hands-free Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) for highway driving, including lane change, in-lane positioning and predictive speed assist.

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“It was just a natural progression with Corsair as the leader in volume sales,” Dan DeRubeis, Corsair’s brand manager, told TBEN. “I think that’s the approach we’ll continue to take with other programs in the future.”

ActiveGlide and BlueCruise, in addition to lidar mapping, use an array of cameras and sensors for hands-free driving on more than 130,000 miles of specialty highways in North America. It controls the speed and steering of the vehicle, while also monitoring the driver’s attentiveness via an infrared camera system.

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Ford says more than 75,000 customers have signed up for the systems, and more than 16 million miles have been accumulated for hands-free driving through the end of August.

Lincoln Corsair Reserve in 2023

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Ford’s systems are similar to General Motors’ Super Cruise technology, but they are not as widely available or appropriate in some situations, such as cornering, where the technology may need to return steering wheel control to the driver.

GM and Ford’s systems both offer fewer capabilities than Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems, such as Autopilot or “Full-Self Driving,” which have come under scrutiny for over-promising hands-free functionality and allowing drivers to use the systems. abuse.

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No vehicle for sale today is fully self-driving. With all driver assistance systems, the driver still has to pay close attention.

2023 Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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The addition of ActiveGlide to the Corsair, including lane-changing capabilities, is part of a host of updates to the vehicle for the 2023 model year. Other changes include interior and exterior updates, such as a new grill and a 13.2-inch central touchscreen, as well as new finishing and color options.

Ford’s hands-free highway system is currently offered on the Lincoln Navigator, as are the Ford F-150 and Lightning pickups, the Mustang Mach-E crossover and the Expedition SUV.