Lincoln makes some minor exterior tweaks to its luxury pickup truck for 2007, but the big news is behind it: There's now the option of a longer, 6.5-foot cargo bed.
Luxurious pickup trucks aren't a new concept, but there are few on the market. Cadillac offers its Escalade EXT SUV/pickup crossover, and Lincoln introduced a Blackwood SUV/pickup crossover for 2002, though it didn't last long before the automaker discontinued it. Lincoln hoped to make more of a splash with the 2006 debut of the Mark LT, which is derived from the Ford F-150 crew-cab model.
Equipped with a 5.4-liter V-8 that develops 300 horsepower, the Mark LT has four full doors and a full rear seat for a five-passenger capacity.
Lincoln freshens up the Mark LT for 2007, with chrome surrounds for the brake lights and an appearance package with a body-colored grille surround, bumpers and mirror caps.
Appearance cues are taken from the Lincoln family of passenger cars and sport utility vehicles, with chrome providing a unifying theme. It is used on the bumpers, mirrors, door handles and lower cladding.
The signature waterfall grille with a prominent Lincoln star, wide taillamps and thick-spoked wheels enhance the Mark LT's family resemblance to Lincoln's Aviator and Navigator SUVs. Box rail moldings are optional. For 2007, there's also an option of 20-inch chromed wheels.
Built on a 138.5-inch wheelbase, the Mark LT measures 223.8 inches long overall and stands 73.5 inches tall. The front suspension uses double wishbones and a coil-over-shock configuration. Leaf springs and outboard shock absorbers are installed at the rear.
Lincoln adds an auto-dimming driver-side rearview mirror as standard equipment for 2007, as well as ebony wood trim in various places throughout the cabin. There is also an optional DVD-based navigation system.
Five occupants fit inside the Mark LT. Luxury touches include genuine Ebony wood accents and soft Nudo leather seating surfaces. The seats feature French-style pleating and incorporate a quilted pattern insert. Contrasting-colored stitching is used atop the instrument cluster.
Buyers get a choice of two interior themes: Pebble with Light Parchment seats or Black with Dove Gray seats.
Under the Hood
Ford's 5.4-liter Triton V-8 features three valves per cylinder and produces 300 hp at 5,000 rpm and 365 pounds-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm. A four-speed automatic is the lone transmission offering. The rear-wheel-drive Mark LT has a towing capacity of 8,900 pounds; the four-wheel-drive model's rating is 300 pounds less.
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard. All seating positions have three-point safety belts, and the front seat belts include pretensioners. Dual front airbags deploy at different levels according to crash severity, and a front-passenger sensing system is installed.