2002 Blackwood New Car Test Drive
Lincoln's new Blackwood is a curious creation, almost as noteworthy for what it isn't as for what it is.
It is not a sport utility. While having four doors and casting a larger shadow than the Ford Navigator, it carries only four occupants. And the luxuriously appointed cargo space behind the second-row seats can't be accessed from the passenger compartment.
It is not a pickup. The bed is topped by a power-operated, forward-hinged, weather-proof, lockable lid that caps cargo capacity at 26.5 cubic feet. The bed's carpeting, brushed-aluminum sides and LED lighting will leave stockers at the local home improvement warehouse store laughing.
But it will give two couples plush, commodious transport for a night on the town. And the bed will accommodate a threesome's golf bags with room to spare.
Perhaps what matters most is few buyers will see another on the road. Lincoln is limiting production to less than 10,000 per year. Exclusivity adds to its appeal, say Lincoln marketing executives.
Lincoln Blackwood is available as one model ($51,785). And the only option is a navigation system ($1,995).
But that one model includes all the features prospective Blackwood buyers told Lincoln they wanted. Thus, standard on the Blackwood are automatic climate control, six-way power seats for driver and front passenger, leather seating surfaces and air-conditioned front seats (both heated and cooled), which first appeared as an option on the Lincoln Navigator. 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. The Blackwood also gets the reverse-sensing system originally offered on the Windstar. This warns the driver with a series of beeps if there's something behind the vehicle; the beeping increases in frequency as the Blackwood moves closer to objects behind it. It's a good feature, especially for a big vehicle like this one.