After an overwhelmingly positive reception at auto shows in Los Angeles and Detroit in December and January, Lincoln will put the Blackwood luxury sport utility concept vehicle into production.
'Blackwood takes Lincoln and our sport utility lineup a significant step forward,' said Jac Nasser, Ford Motor Company president and chief executive officer.
Details of the production vehicle and manufacturing plans will be announced later.
The Lincoln Blackwood concept vehicle is the ultimate utility vehicle, with all the comfort of a luxury sedan and the convenience and versatility of a sport utility vehicle. The four-door, four-passenger luxury utility is an extension of the extremely successful Lincoln Navigator, with one important difference: an enclosed 4-foot, 8-inch box that serves as a trunk.
The concept Lincoln Blackwood has a covered exterior trunk area. The trunk sides are finished in 20 square feet of Wenge wood – a dark, dense, striated wood from central Africa – with a brushed aluminum strip defining each band of wood. It's a modern twist on the 'woody,' which traditionally used different-colored wood strips between large wood bands.
The hard top of the closed box in the rear, which is operated by a key fob, opens hydraulically to a 45-degree angle to reveal an aluminum finished trunk interior.
The interior of the Blackwood concept vehicle is based on the Lincoln Navigator's, with the addition of a global positioning system integrated into the floor-mounted center console and four bucket seats trimmed in black Connolly leather.
Blackwood is built on a 4x2 chassis that's lowered 3 inches to give the utility vehicle a more stately stance. It's powered by a 5.4-liter DOHC V-8 and fits into the Class III trailer tow group – allowing enough towing capacity for a boat or horse trailer.
The four-door configuration of the passenger area coupled with the extended trunk area give the Lincoln Blackwood concept vehicle the look and feel of a touring coach from the 1930s with a distinctly modern flair.Source - Ford