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Lincoln Mark LT offers luxury, refinement

March 17, 2006|by KEN CHESTER, JR. /Motor News Media Corporation

Combining the functionality of a full-size pickup truck with the luxury and refinement of a luxury sedan, Lincoln introduced the 2006 Lincoln Mark LT last year.

Designed for customers who want equal amounts of luxury and capability, the new Mark LT is based on the sophisticated Ford F-150 pickup chassis and available in two- or shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive configurations. Big, solid and upscale, the Mark LT has a bold exterior look that reflects impressive strength. The face of the Lincoln truck carries the nameplate's signature upright grille.

Power for the Lincoln truck is generated by a naturally aspirated 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine joined to a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The Mark LT is built on a stable hydroformed frame that forms a closed "box" section as opposed to the traditional "C" frame rail design. The result is increased stiffness and a stronger foundation for body and suspension components, which provide above average handling and a quiet, composed ride.

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On the road, the Mark LT is responsive and driver friendly - smooth and quiet at speed - solid without feeling heavy handed. Body-on-frame construction serves as the foundation for the LT's control hardware.

Suspension components for the Lincoln Mark LT consist of coil-on-shock, long-spindle double-wishbone coil-over-shock with a cast aluminum lower control arm in front and a traditional Hotchkiss-type, non-independent live setup at the rear. The rear suspension also includes wide 3-inch leaf springs and outboard shock absorbers for maximum benefit in directional control, wheel travel and ground clearance.

Inside the cabin, Lincoln engineers paid close attention to the needs, wants and desires of the luxury truck audience. The passenger compartment is spacious, with plenty of room for occupants front and rear. Oversized cupholders in the center console hold large cups. The driver enjoys fingertip steering wheel controls for audio and climate control systems.

Two dash-mounted power points support small electrical appliances such as laptop computers and cell phones. A power point located at the rear of the center console makes power available to rear-seat passengers. Cavernous storage in the center console is designed to hold numerous items.

The Mark LT also features comfortable armrests front and rear for added comfort and convenience. The rear seat is a 60/40 split that features a seat cushion that folds up and out of the way - allowing for the ideal combination of passengers and/or secure cargo carrying.

Options such as a cargo bed extender, running boards and rear seat entertainment system only add to the luxury appointments of the Lincoln Mark LT.

QUICK VEHICLE STATS

Wheelbase: 138.5; overall length: 223.8; width: 78.9; height: 73.5 (2WD, 76.0 (4WD) - measurements in inches.

Engine: 5.4-liter V-8 - 300 hp at 5,000 rpm and 365 lbs-ft of torque at 3,750 rpm.

Transmission: 4R75E four-speed automatic with overdrive.

EPA fuel economy: 15 city/19 hwy., (2WD); 14 city/18 hwy., (4WD).

Cargo capacity: 55.5 cubic ft.

Payload capacity: 1,680 lbs.

Towing capacity: 8,900 lbs.

SAFETY FEATURES

Dual front air bags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake force distribution, fog lamps, universal garage door opener, side-intrusion door beams, remote keyless entry, SecuriLock passive anti-theft system, battery saver, automatic power door locks, automatic headlamp control and conventional spare tire.

Optional safety features include limited slip rear axle, rear parking sensors and power adjustable pedals with memory.

WARRANTY

Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile, bumper-to-bumper.

Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited.

Roadside assistance: 4-year/50,000 mile, 24-hour.

PRICING

The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2006 Lincoln Mark LT pickup truck starts from $34,980 for 2WD and $42,235 for 4WD. Destination charges add $850.

AS TESTED

2006 Lincoln Mark LT 4x4 pickup truck

Exterior color: Arizona Beige clearcoat

Interior color: Light Parchment/Pebble

Tire make/model: BF Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A

Tire size: P275/65R18

Base price: $42,235

Destination charges: $850

Preferred equipment package 508A: $300

Power adjustable pedals: $120

Skid plates: $160

Power moonroof: $995

Power sliding rear window: $250

Trailer towing package: $350

18-inch chrome 8-spoke wheels: $695

Reverse sensing system: $245

Subtotal - factory equipment/options: $46,200

ADD: Dealer-installed items - Chrome side steps: $ 595

Total as tested: $46,795

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