The box also has storage compartments, floor carpeting, stainless-steel sidewall trim, and internal lighting. © Provided by MotorTrend The bed wears carpeting and stainless steel; power cover and Dutch doors ease loading. The bed is, in fact, the only all-new element of the Blackwood. Now, you could blindfold us and there'd still be no mistaking the little cabin shudders of a body-on-frame vehicle. Second, Ford's obsession with occupant safety and product liability has produced some extremely irritating traits, such as the power locks slamming themselves down every time the driver engages the four-speed automatic transmission and an intermittent seatbelt-warning chime that dings even when the vehicle is parked: You can't just sit there listening to the sound system unless you're belted up.
It was the perfect opportunity to test the massive crossover vehicle and its many slick features—including seats that can be both heated and cooled, depending on the weather of the moment. The sprint to 60 takes 8. Although the chassis engineers dialed plenty of variability into the Blackwood's steering effort, there's confusion, once again, between steering effort and steering feel, which is conspicuous by its absence. Available Models Just one - and it will blow you away with its impressive array of luxury, performance, and safety features. The Blackwood made its debut in concept car form at the 1999 Los Angeles Auto Show. In its defense, though, these quakes are obvious only when hitting potholes or patched expansion joints at higher speeds.
Interior Features The Lincoln Blackwood puts the spotlight on standards such as perforated black leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and temperature-controlled air that is actually pumped through the seating perforations for the ultimate in passenger comfort. Visibility clear to all quadrants. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive—so much so that by the time the prototype arrived at the Detroit auto show, just a few weeks later, Ford had committed to putting the concept into production. People who drag fancy boats with them, for example. Its a great truck, don't know why anyone would ever sell it.
But this vehicle today seems especially vulnerable to shifting market sentiments and the threat of a gas crisis. While having four doors and casting a larger shadow than the Ford Navigator, it carries only four occupants. From front bumper to windshield, the Blackwood is a Lincoln Navigator, save for the foglights. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. It's easy to get comfortable behind the truck's polished wood and leather-wrapped wheel thanks to power-adjustable pedals and a standard tilt-column mechanism.
The seats, too, are Navigator-sourced. Also on the list are a power moonroof, Homelink universal remote control for garage door, security gate or home lighting , power-adjustable pedals, and a memory function for the driver's seat, pedals, and outside heated mirrors. Storage bins large enough for a handbag or small package hide behind the foldable rear seats. The Blackwood is a pleasure to pilot through traffic when gawkers made room! Although the Blackwood concept sported real African wenge wood trim when it made its debut at the 1999 Detroit auto show, the production version has pictures of wenge wood laminated onto, yes, plastic composite. For the interior of the cargo bed, Ford went with polished aluminum, illuminated by indirect lighting.
Safety and Security Each 2002 Lincoln Blackwood truck is equipped with a driver side air bag, passenger side air bag, side impact air bags in the front, three-point seatbelts, childproof door locks and child seat tethers in the rear seating area. Beyond its celebrity status, we do have some objective observations after living with the Blackwood on the street and running it through our track tests. Like the exterior, the Blackwood's interior is noir on noir, a coal bin in the dark of a moonless night—way cool if you're into Edgar Allan Poe color schemes, and like the exterior, the only choice. Blackwood is basically a Ford F-150 SuperCrew, but seats four instead of five or six. The long list of perks compared to other vehicles in this class is unrivaled for the dollar. Other basic fare ranges from a satellite-based navigation system to a tilt steering column with steering wheel-mounted stereo and climate controls. But it will give two couples plush, commodious transport for a night on the town.
It is not a pickup. Not only does it have everything that I could ever want in terms of ammenities but apparantly it has what everyone else wants to, cause they keep staring at it. Those who remember the may recall the Lincoln-branded pickup as a marketplace dud. We were equally skeptical of the decision to go with two-wheel, rather than four-wheel-drive, but our reservations were reversed over two days of driving. Do your homework and you'll be rewarded. Cargo Room The cargo box—a 26. The tonneau is not removable, so forget about oversized items.
The Blackwood also gets the reverse-sensing system originally offered on the Windstar. Limited slip differential is also a key component of the stellar performance specifications. We do have a couple issues with the Blackwood's accouterments. Exclusivity adds to its appeal, say Lincoln marketing executives. It's a good feature, especially for a big vehicle like this one. It was all smiles and thumbs-up.
Bright, tightly-focused headlights, tail lights, and fog lights provide an attractive contrast against the dark paint, along with chromed door handles, side mirrors, and fuel filler door. Like any Viper driver will tell you, too conspicuous can be a hassle. Heavyweights This is one hefty vehicle, at 5792 pounds. On the other hand, the Blackwood is about as lux as it gets in the world of pickups, with unusual goodies such as front seats that waft hot or cold air through the perforated Connolly leather upholstery. We were also impressed with the Blackwood's ride quality, which does a very good job of ironing out rough pavement and washboard dirt roads. The cushy ride quality, plus formidable mass, equate with rubbery handling and slow responses.