The Lincoln Mark LT was introduced in early 2005 as a 2006 model, so no changes have been made on this luxury pickup. The Mark LT is the first Lincoln built at the new Dearborn Truck Plant that features state-of-the-art environmental manufacturing.
Lincoln's first attempt at a luxury pickup, the Blackwood, was based on the Lincoln Navigator. This time, the underpinnings for the Mark LT are shared with the Ford F-150, the best-selling pickup truck in America for more than two decades. The upscale Mark LT is available in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations, with a short bed (5.5 feet) plus standard bed extender. Fully-boxed frame rails, double-layer seals, fluid-filled engine mounts, and extra sound-deadening materials are responsible for the quietness of the interior.
Lincoln is seeking male buyers in their 40s and 50s; the automaker anticipates that Mark LT owners might view the truck as more of a status symbol than an authentic work truck, and use it as a base to add high-end accessories and audio systems. While there's no mistaking its similarity to the F-150, Lincoln has added signature touches like its trademark waterfall grille, chrome accents, wide taillamps, and thick-spoke wheels.
Unlike the F-150, which offers numerous engine, transmission, and bed-length configurations, the Mark LT gets one engine and one trim level. The 5.4L Triton V-8 engine makes 300 hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque. Lincoln's newest SUV is also good for towing a small yacht to the lake, since the towing capacity is up to 8,900 lbs. Optional shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive means you can lock the wheel hubs from inside the truck. A nice feature is the power-adjustable pedals, which enable optimum driving position and seating comfort via brake and throttle pedals that can be moved three inches closer or further away at the touch of a button.
The Large Premium Pickup segment (along with the Compact Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle segment) has the fewest number of entries among all segments. It consists of just two products: the Lincoln Mark LT and the Cadillac Escalade EXT.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Mark LT is the segment leader, with sales of 10,274 units in its first full calendar year of production (2005). The Cadillac EXT, at 7,766 sales in 2005, is winding down the body style, with an new 2007 EXT that will be based on the new Escalade SUV. One interesting option for the 2006 EXT is GM's new 6.2L V-8 engine with more than 400 hp, which may tighten up the sales race.