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 re-entered the segment with the 2006 debut of the Mark LT, which is derived from the Ford F-150 crew-cab model. For 2008, the Mark LT comes with standard satellite radio and a free six-month Sirius subscription. New options include remote start and a rearview camera.
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 freshened up the Mark LT last year, with chrome surrounds for the brake lights. There's also 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 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 and 20-inch chrome wheels are optional.
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. There is an optional 6.5-foot cargo bed; the standard bed is 5.5-feet long.
The Mark LT gets an optional rearview camera for 2008. It is mounted in the tailgate handle bezel and displays video in the rearview mirror. Remote start is also optional.
Lincoln added an auto-dimming driver-side rearview mirror as standard equipment last year, as well as ebony wood trim in various places throughout the cabin. There is also an optional DVD-based navigation system. Sirius Satellite Radio is now standard and comes with a free six-month subscription.
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 three interior themes: Pebble with Light Parchment seats, Black with Dove Gray seats or Black with Ebony 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.
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