Blackwood and EXT take radically different approaches as to how a
luxury pickup truck should handle cargo.
and EXT really part company philosophically and practically when interpreting
how a luxury pickup should handle hauling cargo.
unique approach turns the bed of the truck into essentially a very large
trunk. Made from a sandwich of composite layers, the bed is totally different
than the typical pickup truck cargo box. It's over two times stiffer than
a steel box and is built around a space frame that provides a buffer zone
between the box, chassis and axle to help dramatically reduce bed torsion
over bumpy surfaces. This 'floating box' also raises the load floor of
the bed quite a bit higher than what you find in traditional pickups reducing
box depth to only 16-inches.
Blackwood's bed is essentialy a large trunk. The cargo mat is removable.
A power operated
tonneau cover, operated from inside the truck or remotely with the key
fob, is an integral part of the box providing extra rigidity when closed.
The tonneau cover also protects cargo from the elements or theft.
It is impossible
to use the Blackwood's bed as you would in say a Ford SuperCrew because
the tonneau cover only opens to around a 60-degree angle. And heaven forbid
any type of dirty cargo mar the removable carpeted mat or stainless steel
bed walls. About the only unclean payload you might want to place in the
back of the bed would be a couple of golf bags soiled from a long day
on the links. A scratch or mar on the Blackwood's cargo surfaces would
the sides of the Blackwood's trunk and protected by the tonneau cover
are two storage bins. The bins have stainless steel swing out doors that
use a push-and-twist knob to access. Storage bin interiors are sealed
and padded with a soft material. If it wasn't a truck you might mistake
them for jewelry boxes.
luxury been so close to labor as in the Cadillac EXT's bed. As mentioned
earlier, the EXT uses GM's Midgate to quickly transform a 5-foot bed into
an 8-foot bed when the wall between the cabin and cargo box is folded
down. With little practice, and two people, this can be done in under
bins abound in the back of both trucks.
rear window can be removed and stowed behind the back seat without having
to fold down the Midgate. This provides an open air feel to the truck,
especially when the sunroof in use.
Blackwood, the EXT's cargo box is also made from composite materials but
it's much more cargo friendly than the Blackwood's trunk and looks and
acts the part. Where the Blackwood is shiny and sleek around the interior
of the bed, the EXT is all business. The EXT uses the same textured SRIMM
material and tread pattern as the Chevrolet Avalanche along the load floor
and walls. You could easily throw a bale or two of hay in the back of
this truck for your thoroughbred horses and never worry about the consequences,
just don't forget to cover the leather seats inside the truck if the Midgate
A three piece,
composite and honeycombed aluminum cargo cover, fabricated in the same
manner used to create the lightweight floors of airliners, protects stuff
in the back of the EXT and can also support the weight of a 250-pound
person. It's not advised that you stand on the back of the Blackwood's
EXT's midgate folds down behind the rear passenger seats to provide
access to the cargo area.
The EXT also
comes with two storage bins but these are not protected by the cargo covers
like the Blackwood's tonneau guarded bins. The EXT's bins are accessible
from the outside of the truck at any time and are lockable with a key.
Bringing home fresh lobster for dinner? No problem, just plug up the drain
holes at the bottom of the storage bins, fill with water and drop those
puppies in for the ride home. Something you wouldn't dare do with the
If you were
to sum up the cargo box functionality of the two trucks it's simple. You
vacuum a Blackwood and hose out an EXT.
Blackwood and EXT each protect their cargo in their own unique way.
Lincoln uses a power operated, non-removable tonneau cover. Cadillac
goes with a three piece composite, manually removable cargo cover.