The Lincoln Blackwood was in barely in the second year of production before being pulled from the market a year early. Lincoln never intended to manufacture the Blackwood long-term, but had hoped to sell about 18,000 in 2002 and 2003. Less than 2500 were sold by the end of the first year.
The Lincoln Blackwood was positioned as a luxury truck/SUV crossover. In reality, the Blackwood was an upscale version of the Ford F-150. The front-end was styled after the Lincoln Navigator along with some interior designs. The main difference between a run-of-the-mill F-150 and a Blackwood is the cargo bed. Rather than a tailgate, the Blackwood has two side-opening doors and has storage compartments, stainless-steel sidewall trim, internal lighting and floor carpeting. There is also a non-removable, front-hinged, power-lifted, solid tonneau bed cover.
When introducing a luxury truck into the market, Ford could not meet the standards of a luxury truck already set by the Cadillac truck, the EXT. With the Cadillac EXT being the luxury truck of choice for most people, the Lincoln Blackwood got little attention. Also, regular full-size trucks were beginning to be made with more comfort and luxury features along with a wide range of power-train combinations and towing capabilities. Paying almost double for a truck with a limiting bed and four bucket seats was just not necessary.
There was only one model of the Lincoln Blackwood offered, and the only optional feature was a navigation system. Even the color was the same on every truck: black with gold lines on the bed of the truck. Standard features were adjustable foot pedals, rear-obstacle-warning system, heated and ventilated front seats, air conditioning with front and rear automatic climate controls, tilt steering wheel wrapped in leather, power steering, radio and climate controls on the steering wheel, leather upholstery, cruise control, six-way power front bucket seats with power lumbar support, front and rear consoles, rear folding bucket seats, wood interior trim, memory system for the driver seat, mirrors and pedals, heated power mirrors with turn signal, power door locks, remote keyless entry, keypad entry, power door locks, Alpine am/fm/cassette player with in-dash 6-disc CD changer, power tonneau cover, front-hinged rear doors, digital clock, illuminated visor mirrors, trip computer, overhead console, compass, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, universal garage-door opener, automatic day/night rearview mirror.
Additional features are 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, including a full-size spare, load-leveling suspension, 7-lead wiring harness and a trailer hitch.
The power-train was also limited to one model. A 5.4-liter V8 engine with an output of about 300 horsepower and 355 pound feet of torque was mated to an automatic transmission with a limited-slip differential and traction control. The truck was available in rear-wheel drive only. EPA estimated gas mileage is 12 mpg city and 17 mpg highway.
Standard safety features for the Lincoln Blackwood are antilock four-wheel disc brakes, brakes, traction control, antiskid system, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, rear side airbags, dual front airbags, rear-obstacle-detection system and an emergency inside tonneau release.
Other features are a theft-deterrent system, rear privacy glass and fog lights.