Lincoln Mercury's 2002 Blackwood took center court at the US Open Tennis Tournament in Flushing Meadow, New York as John McEnroe introduced the production version of this much anticipated luxury pickup truck.
The Blackwood is a hybrid cross between the Ford F-150 SuperCrew and Lincoln Navigator SUV expected to bow in showrooms during the first half of 2001.
Accommodating up to four adult passengers in the leather and wood lined interior, the Blackwood, "erases the lines between luxury cars, SUVs and pickup trucks" according to Jim Rogers, Lincoln Mercury general marketing manager. "Probably the best word to describe the Blackwood is fun - fun to drive and fun to be seen driving."
As reported earlier by PUTC, the African Wenge wood found on the original show vehicle's box has been replaced by a composite substitute for better manageability. Lincoln is using a special photo laminate process to duplicate the original wood texture and transfer it accurately onto the side paneling, each of which is defined by a brushed metallic stripe.
The Blackwood's bed is trimmed with brushed stainless steel and accented with LED light strips. Dutch-style rear doors replace a traditional tailgate and bear the Blackwood's name in chrome letters. A power-operated hard tonneau cover opens at the touch of a button from either the dashboard or key fob. Storage bins are built into the interior sides, and additional open bins are built into each Dutch door.
Sophisticated electronics match the Blackwood's upscale make and materials. An obstacle-detecting Reverse Sensing System, consisting of four ultrasonic sensors embedded in the rear bumper, is activated when reverse gear is selected to help guide the driver during tight parking maneuvers. An overhead console offers an electronic display including a compass, distance to empty and average fuel economy readings. The Homelink Systemô, located on the driver's sun visor, controls up to three remote-control devices, such as garage door openers. Controls on the console operate the power moon roof and the power tonneau cover. A console-integrated satellite-based navigation system is optional.
The Blackwood is powered by a 5.4-liter, 32-valve dual overhead cam V-8 engine producing 300 horsepower and 355 foot-pounds of torque. The engine is rated for 100,000 miles before the first tune-up and also features a fail-safe engine safeguard designed to minimize engine damage in the event of a catastrophic coolant loss, such as might arise from a punctured radiator.