PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Lincoln Blackwood


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$51,785* (4x2 Regular Cab)
Add $715
destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

One engine is available for the Blackwood

5.4-liter DOHC InTech® V8 with four valves per cylinder and Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection (SEFI)
300hp @ 5000 rpm
355ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm

One transmission is available for the Blackwood:

- 4R100 Four-speed automatic with overdrive

Fuel Economy (City/Highway):
5.4-liter: (12 / 17)

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The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood is the latest product in the total transformation of the Lincoln brand, a transformation that began nearly four years ago.

The Blackwood represents a uniquely American interpretation of luxury. It takes some of the best qualities of Lincoln luxury cars and the sport-utility vehicle and blurs the distinction to create something entirely new.

The production Lincoln Blackwood remains true to the visual promise of the concept that debuted in 1999 at the North American International Auto Show. Blackwood's gloss-black finish, signature Lincoln grille and low-profile 18-inch tires contribute to the vehicle's dramatic stance.

Bright, tightly focused complex-reflector headlamps, fog lamps and taillights stand out against the black paint, as do the chromed door handles, side mirrors and fuel-filler door. The Lincoln star insignia decorates the front-door cladding and the tonneau's latch cover. To contribute to Blackwood's sleek appearance, the radio antenna is concealed inside the rear-window glass, which reduces wind noise.

The exotic, heavily striated African Wenge wood of the show vehicle's trunk is interpreted for production in an extremely durable, three-dimensional composite surface for better longevity, maintenance and insurability than wood. The photo-laminate process used to create the panels accurately records the image of wood bands, each of which is defined by a brushed aluminum stripe. The composite panels - like the rest of Blackwood - had to pass stringent durability testing. The panels were able to maintain their color after seven simulated years of advanced weathering.

The cargo area is protected by the first manufacturer-installed power tonneau cover, which nests into the rear doors and becomes a structural member when latched at each rear corner. The Dutch-style rear doors bear the Blackwood name in widely spaced, chrome capital letters. The doors allow easier loading and unloading of the cargo area by eliminating the need to bend over a lowered pickup gate.

Exterior Design:
Based on the F-150 SuperCrew, the Blackwood's most striking design feature is its 4-foot, 8-inch cargo trunk, which recalls the craftsmanship of classic wooden motorboats.

A gloss-black finish, signature Lincoln grille and low-profile 18-inch wheels and tires contribute to the vehicle's dramatic stance.

On the driver's side exterior of the trunk, Blackwood's chrome fuel-filler door pays homage to the designs of racing cars.

Interior Design:
Blackwood offers numerous comfort and convenience features for both driver and passengers as standard equipment. The only optional luxury feature is a console-integrated satellite-based navigation system that uses data CDs to provide street-level detail, and can be programmed to guide the driver to a specific address.

Interior highlights include perforated black Connolly leather-faced seats that offer a wide range of heating and cooling settings for the driver and front seat passenger. The climate-controlled seats circulate heated or cooled air through the perforated-leather surfaces using a dedicated fan and compact heat pumps. The seat surfaces begin to heat or cool within seconds.

Blackwood also offers a tilt steering column with steering wheel-mounted duplicate stereo and climate control buttons, a seven-speaker Alpine audio system with subwoofer and six-CD changer, automatic climate control and auto-shutoff headlamps. The interior is trimmed in dark-stained crystal oak, and has a wood-and-leather trimmed steering wheel.

Blackwood's four bucket seats are packaged in a space large enough for six adults, so each occupant is afforded exceptional hip and shoulder room. Both driver and front passenger seats are power adjustable, with extended power lumbar support. The driver's seat, mirrors and adjustable brake and accelerator pedals have a memory feature, which can record three drivers' preferences.

The front seats and rear seats are each separated by full-size consoles with hinged, leather-clad lids and deep molded-in cupholders. In addition to the dash-mounted cigar lighter, there are four 12-volt power points: one on the instrument panel, two in the rear passenger area and one in the cargo trunk.

An overhead console offers an electronic display that includes a compass, distance to empty and average fuel economy readings. Controls on the console operate the power moonroof and the power tonneau cover. The Homelink System™ located on the driver's side visor controls up to three remote-control devices, such as garage door openers.

Blackwood's 5.4-liter, 32-valve dual overhead cam V-8 engine produces 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm, and 355 foot-pounds of peak torque at 2,750 rpm. It has aluminum heads and a 90-degree cast-iron block in a deep-skirted design that adds stiffness and reduces noise. Sequential multi-port injectors deliver fuel to the cylinders through a tumble-port cylinder head configuration, which enhances power and fuel efficiency. The engine is calibrated to run on 91 octane (minimum) regular unleaded gasoline.

Blackwood's engine is rated for 100,000 miles before the first tune-up, under normal driving conditions, with regular fluid and filter changes. It features fail-safe engine protection designed to minimize engine damage in the event of a catastrophic coolant loss. If the engine controller detects overheating, it shuts off fuel to alternating banks of cylinders, which allows cool air to pump through the cylinder bores. In fail-safe mode, the vehicle can be driven a short distance under reduced power, depending on speed, load and outside temperature.

Blackwood's engine is mated to a 4R100-model four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and a locking torque converter. A 3.73 final drive ratio and a built-in Class III/IV hitch contribute to Blackwood's muscular tow rating of up to 8,700 pounds. To enhance traction, Blackwood uses a combination of mechanical and electronic strategies. In situations where power exceeds available traction, and the rear wheels spin, Blackwood's traction control system reduces engine output by retarding the spark and reducing fuel flow until traction is restored. To improve system smoothness, Blackwood doesn't use the braking system to reduce wheel spin. The driver usually won't notice the system in action at all, which is consistent with Blackwood's goal of quiet powertrain operation.