Any usual pickup buyer is interested about tow ratings, cargo capacity or price/value ratio. Though, there are some people who don’t give a damn about these figures and are ready to pay a huge amount of money for something that doesn’t offer four-wheel drive, comes with a half long bed, and drinks oil like the Drunken Master.
This is exactly the case for Lincoln’s Blackwood luxury pickup launched on the market in 2002.
The Lincoln Blackwood is based on the Navigator SUV and has a double cab configuration. Under the hood there was a strong 300 hp V8 unit and the starting price was set at not less than $52.000.
The Lincoln Blackwood was sold in a pretty limited edition with only 10.000 units being built and its direct competitor was the Cadillac Escalade EXT.
The Lincoln Blackwood features a bold exterior design dominated by Lincoln’s signature grille borrowed from the Navigator. Overall, the Blackwood looks less imposing than the Cadillac Escalate EXT, but it’s corporate design has more class.
The side body panels have a clean style and gel seamlessly with the slightly sloped hood. Talking about the hood, it features three sculpted creases which start flowing from the grille’s corners and fade near the bottom of the windscreen.
The fluid lines continue to dominate the bumper and headlights which enhance the high class appearance of the Blackwood.
Lincoln’s designers have replaced the regular Navigator rear end with a pickup-style cargo box that had its sides finished in wood with aluminum accents.
The vehicle was also offered with a lockable, power-operated hard tonneau cover which covers the 4-by-8-foot cargo box. The tonneau cover can be raised or lower by means of a convenient remote key being the first power tonneau cover available for a full-sized pickup truck.
The cargo box is fitted with stainless steel trim and LED accent lighting. Other luxury touches include chrome on the door handles, mirrors and fuel-filler door. Fog lamps are standard as well as the low-profile, 18-inch Michelin tires which are mounted on machined aluminum wheels.
The Lincoln Blackwood’s wheelbase measures 138.5-inch, the vehicle being 220.2 inches long and 73.6 inches tall.
Once you’ll climb inside you are welcomed by a wide and spacious cab which offers space for up to four people. For its time, the cabin looked pretty modern and was fitted with all the luxury amenities expected from a Lincoln vehicle.
Four bucket seats are mounted in a space that could easily accommodate six adults. All seats are covered in black Connolly leather, and the interior is trimmed with dark-stained crystal oak wood.
Needless to say that the seats are very comfortable and also come with power adjustments and can be heated or cooled via their perforated-leather surfaces.
In another train of thoughts, we can’t say that we’re impressed by the dashboard’s design, as it looks a bit awkward and doesn’t have that sense of unity found at other pickups. The cornerless center stack looks out of place too and the air vents don’t get along well with the rest of the dash either.
Fortunately the controls are placed within easy reach and most of the materials are part of the first class.
The driver is met by a pretty dull wood-and-leather-trimmed steering wheel which comes with the usual set of integrated controls.
The instrument cluster was pretty cluttered but it didn’t distract you from the road. From the front-left captain’s chair, the view is excellent off the bow and better than expected to the stern.
Storage spaces abound around the cab and there are enough cubbies, consoles and cup holders to keep you happy.
Engines and performance
This spoiled pickup is equipped with a DOHC 5.4 liter V8 engine which cranks out 300 hp, moving the 5700 lb truck without hearting your ears. The engine is good for towing up to 8700 lb., but it’s not as agile as expected. However, it still knows how to throw a punch and can hit the 60 mph mark in a respectable 8.5 seconds. Even if this isn’t the best score found in the pickup truck segment, the numbers is still pretty good given the gargantuan proportions of the Blackwood.
Unfortunately there isn’t available a four wheel drive system, but the truck is fitted with traction control. Though, this two wheel drive configuration is combined with a relatively low ride height which is translated in a better than average grip.
Lincoln Blackwood Engine Specifications
|Engine||hp @ rpm||lb.ft @ rpm|
|5.4 liter V8||300 @ 5000||355 @ 2750|
Ride and handling
The Lincoln Blackwood has a pretty jittery ride on uneven surfaces. Despite its air assisted leaf spring rear suspension, the Blackwood jumps over sharp bumps and the driving experience isn’t as refined as expected from a luxury commuter.
Luckily, body roll is well kept in check, while the stopping power is decent. Although, the brake pedal has a dull feel.
On the other hand, the cabin’s isolation is top notch, with both wind and engine noise kept safely far from your ears. The steering is more on the light side but it offers a reasonable road feedback and you can rely on it with confidence at both high and low speeds.
With its high class features, the luxurious cabin and the peppered price tag, the Lincoln Blackwood managed to attract a lot of buyers interested by luxury products. On the other hand, the vehicle wasn’t offered with a 4WD system which is a pity. The ride was also pretty harsh for a luxury commuter and the handling wasn’t as good as the Cadillac Escalade EXT.
Overall, the Blackwood was an interesting idea, but it never had the expected result and sales weren’t booming. The vehicle was also sold for only one year.