Lincoln Blackwood: luxury with convenience

Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 1:00am

The Blackwood offers abundant room for four passengers. Comfort features include innovative heated and cooled seats trimmed in black Connolly leather.

Three memory settings record driver seat positions, and adjustable pedal and side-mirror settings. A full array of electronic conveniences include an available GPS-based navigation system, a 140-watt audiophile-quality Alpine audio system with AM/FM Stereo, cassette player and a six-disc CD changer, and the Homelink system, which can learn to operate garage door openers and home security systems.

The Connolly leather-faced driver and front passenger seats have six-way power adjustments and power-adjustable lumbar supports. Steering wheel tilt angle, accelerator and brake pedal position and the height of the shoulder belts in all four seating positions also are adjustable. The power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals move over a horizontal range of three inches.

Electronic, automatic temperature control enhances passenger comfort by automatically adjusting interior temperatures to meet changing conditions. Rear passengers can tailor their environment by adjusting separate fan controls mounted at the back of the center console. Redundant controls for the audio system and climate control are at the driver's fingertips, on the steering wheel spokes.

Alpine audio engineers developed active and passive electronic crossover points to tailor the system's frequency response to the Blackwood listening environment. Independent, third-party testing by three different agencies, including Dave Clark Listening, confirmed that they met their targets for durability, audio quality and reception. For example, the Blackwood audio system outscored the 2000 Navigator for audio accuracy, scoring in the mid-threes on a five-point scale in which the perfect score represents listening to a live concert in person.

Blackwood offers abundant interior storage, including bins hidden behind the rear seats and large consoles with padded leather-covered armrests between each pair of seats. The front seat-back map pockets close with a magnetic clasp like those used on fine leather handbags.

Front and rear, Blackwood offers more than three feet of headroom and legroom and more than five feet of shoulder room. Hip room likewise exceeds five feet in front and is only slightly less in the back seats.

In the automatic mode, the Blackwood's headlamps turn on at dusk and, for convenience and security, can be set to remain on for up to three minutes after the vehicle is turned off.

Extensive interior lighting, including map/reading lights for every seating position, provides even illumination throughout the cabin when the doors are unlocked. When the ignition is off and the doors are closed, a battery saver feature automatically turns off interior and cargo lamps after about 30 minutes to assure that there is always power for a restart.Blackwood comes with Lincoln's standard four-year 50,000-mile limited warranty, plus complimentary maintenance for the first three years or 36,000 miles, to enhance the ownership experience.

"People are drawn to the Blackwood because its design is eye-catching and the trunk is so unique. But when you combine exceptional towing capability, excellent road manners and abundant storage with a truly indulgent, luxurious interior, you give customers some very practical qualities to reinforce that emotional appeal," says brand manager Lisa Bacus.

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