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Let’s establish up front that the Lincoln Blackwood is not a “working” truck. For starters, its motorized “trunk” cover (don’t call it a bed) doesn’t allow for tall, bulky items, regardless of pedigree. Fall in love with an antique sideboard on a weekend jaunt in the Blackwood, and you’ll still have to have it delivered. Pull your horses to a dressage competition, and you may or may not be able to stow saddles and tack. The Blackwood’s trunk is big — nearly 30 percent larger than that of a Lincoln Town Car — but shallow. It’s made for luggage and golf clubs. So what is this 5,600-pound “luxury utility vehicle” all about? In two words, excess and style. Based on Ford’s F-150 truck platform, the Blackwood is freakin’ huge. Remove the motorized tonneau “trunk” cover (alas, you cannot), and you could practically carry most midsize SUVs. And out on the highway, you’ll find yourself at eye level with drivers of all but the biggest of the big rigs. But such thrills aren’t cheap. Unfortunately, the Blackwood’s huge drink holders presage the vehicle’s thirst for premium fuel. We’re talking about 12 miles to the gallon around town, folks, and not much more than that on the open road. As far as style is concerned, the beauty of this beast lies in the eye of the beholder. If you admire the form (though not the function) of trucks, you’ll dig it. If not, well, the Blackwood wasn’t really made for you anyway. The big Lincoln is as much a “concept truck” as other vehicles are concept cars, and it’s difficult not to see the Blackwood as a sheet metal canvas for further customization. In limited production, the Blackwood will be rare enough. But rarer and even more alluring will be the inevitable low-riding, wide-wheeled, performance-enhanced, monster sound system and silver-particle painted versions (imagine how many sub-woofers one could install in that trunk!) that will tear up boulevards, wake the dead, and steal the hearts of teenagers of all ages from Dallas to Darien. Do you care about how it handles? Lincoln doesn’t. But the Blackwood is beautifully fitted, and loaded with “the goods” — including heated and cooled Connolly leather seats (nice), a “reverse sensing” parking lot sonar system (essential), a premium sound system, and of course, those gigantic drink holders. M.S.R.P.: $51,785 Price as tested: $54,495 Mileage: 12 city/17 highway

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