Imagine cruising down the highway in a five-seat vehicle, cushioned in premium leather in your power-adjustable, heated captain's chair, calculating your route on the newly available nav system screen in front of you. The touch of an ebony wood trimmed steering wheel feels smooth under your hand. The glow of moonlight filters down through the overhead moonroof. Bathed in comfort by an automatic comfort control system, muted outside noises barely disturb the mood or the sounds from SIRIUS satellite radio.
Sounds like an elegant luxury sedan, right? Well no. This is actually a pickup truck. And it's not just any pickup, mind you, but one from Lincoln, the high-toned, heritage division of parent Ford Motor credited with launching the luxury pickup market a half-dozen years ago. Lincoln's predecessor Blackwood, with it's tip-up truckbed top and interior bedlights, didn't get it quite right. The Mark LT, with a definite "can do" ability, does a far better job. In a growing, luxury pickup market, it's clear that when high roller girls and boys like to play, they do it in style.
For 2007, as a two-year-old, the Mark LT now has some miles under its leather piping, stitched leather trim and understated bells and whistles. Like other auto makers coveting the luxury pickup field, Lincoln is seasoning the Mark LT experience with fine-tuned luxury adds, some as newly standard equipment.
DVD-based nav radio is added for '07. Lincoln's signature waterfall grille and headlamps get an update. Taillamps get touches of chrome, and auto-dimming driver's side mirror becomes standard. Power-fold, heated exterior mirrors with chrome caps are optional. And a new monochrome appearance package is available.
Among other options: An Elite package that includes chrome step bars, reverse sensing and trailer tow package for towing as much as 8,900 pounds (think small yacht or horse trailer here) or hefting some 1,680 pounds of cargo in the rear. For an even bigger Mark LT experience, Lincoln offers a longer, 6.5-foot cargo bed on a wheelbase stretched to 150.5 inches instead of the regular 5.5-foot bed. Available 20-inch chrome aluminum wheels add presence.
Workhorse credentials undergird the Mark LT. Ford's 300-HP 5.4-liter, Triton V8 with four-speed automatic grunts out 365 lb.-ft. of torque for real world truck duty, earning about 14/18 MPG on regular fuel. Entry level starts at $38,175. Enjoying it all is priceless.