Lincoln has entered small-yet-growing SUT or sport utility truck segment for model year of 2002 with the Lincoln Blackwood. This SUT was seen first in the form of concept vehicle in the year 1999 at North American International Auto Show at Detroit, where it had taken competition by total surprise.
Basically, the designers had transformed Lincoln’s Navigator SUV sport utility vehicle in to crew-cab luxurious pick up truck. The other manufacturers did follow the suit: Chevrolet had announced development of the Avalanche pick up/SUV cross over, & Ford had introduced the Explorer Sport Trac, which does combines attributes of SUV & pickup Cadillac too had entered the arena along with 2002 Escalade EXT.
Lincoln had announced their plans for selling around 10,000 Blackwoods in a year, & this company said that this vehicle will come along with sticker price of about $52,500. The production was not just delayed, but few of the Blackwoods had started to reach the dealerships – & sales were in hundreds instead of thousands. After few months of the uncertainty, the manufacture had announced that the production for Blackwood will halt in the time of mid-2002. This final, 2003 model of Blackwood will come in the smaller numbers at the dealerships.
Signature grille of Lincoln leads Blackwood, which had originated as Navigator which had the chassis lowered by around three inches. While creating concept model, designers replaced regular Navigator rear end along with pick up-style box cargo which had the sides finished along with wood and aluminum accents. Production-model Blackwood followed this same principle. Though Blackwood is loaded fully as a luxury vehicle, the manufacturer has claimed that it’s almost 50/50 in terms of weight balance.
Lincoln Blackwood has paint of Gloss Black, hence this automobiles name. Power-operated, lockable cover of hard tonneau encloses four by eight foot box of cargo, or the trunk. Pushing the buttons on fob of remote key raises & lowers tonneau, which the automaker says is 1st manufacturer installed cover of power tonneau. It’s side hinged, raises for height of six feet eight inches tall & then nests in to rear doors of Dutch. The doors are then used instead of conventional lift gate.
Insignia of Lincoln star decorates cladding of front-door & latch cover of tonneau. Trim of stainless-steel & accent LED lighting adorn Blackwood’s interior of “trunk”. Unlike Avalanche & Escalade EXT, which have movable mid gate, this Blackwood comes with fixed bulkhead.
The touches of styling include chrome for handles of door, mirrors & door that is fuel-filler. The fog lamps are offered standard. The low-profile eighteen inches tires of Michelin are mounted on the wheels of machined-aluminum, & load-leveling hybrid leaf/air spring rear suspension too is installed. Blackwood rides has sizable 138.5-inches of wheel base, measures about 220.2 inches long over all & it stands about 73.6 inch tall.
4 bucket seats are now mounted in space which might other wise hold around 6 occupants; each of the rider gets a lot of room. Seats are upholstered with Connolly black leather & they are controlled with climate—cooled or heated through the perforated surfaces of leather. Interior has trim of crystal oak dark-stained wood. Power front seats come with extended support of power lumbar. Driver faces wood-&-leather-trimmed wheel of steering. Seven-speaker Alpine system of stereo includes 6 disc changer. Capacity of cargo-box is about 26.5 cubic feet. Only option of luxury that is offered in Blackwood is CD-operated system of navigation voice-activated which costs $1,995 more.
Black wood’s V-8 5.4-liter engine, which too used in Navigator & Ford’s pickups of full-size, has 300 horse power with 5,000 rpm & 355 pounds-feet torque @ 2,750 rpm. Blackwood has automatic 4-speed- transmission & either rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. This vehicle tows max 8,700 pounds.
Side-impact seat-mounted air bags are very well installed in front, & rear seats come with seat child-safety tether capability of anchor. The anti lock brakes have EBD or electronic brake-force distribution & Reverse Sensing System which warns you of any obstacles to rear while this vehicle is going back.
The impressions of driving
This Lincoln Blackwood is more like curiosity than practical vehicle. It drives very easily, & feels lot like Navigator of previous-generation while driving on high way. But that isn’t any surprise, considering origin of Navigator. Though this Blackwood is truck like, it’s very quiet in cruising. It maneuvers easily than what dimensions may suggest.
Apart from the price, this Blackwood’s space of cargo is the biggest drawback. Power tonneau is pretty innovative & enjoyable for watch, but it does covers area which is not really tall enough for holding a lot of items which the travelers might yearn to carry.