PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT

 



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Price:
$49,245*
Add $745
destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Engines:
6
.0-liter OHV Vortec® V8
345hp @ 5200 rpm
380ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

Transmissions:
- 4L60-E, heavy-duty 4-speed automatic

Fuel Economy (city/hwy):
12/15

Competitors:
Lincoln Blackwood

 

 

 

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Overview:
Though it may look similar on the outside to its cousin the Chevrolet Avalanche, GM's other Ultimate Utility Vehicle is a class leader in luxury, technology, powertrain and handling.

The Escalade EXT is a cross between a luxury SUV and a premium pickup truck. The EXT offers the luxuries Cadillac customers expect, with the extended cargo capabilities of a pickup truck.

Unmistakably a Cadillac with its sheer, chiseled forms and bold styling. In its standard configuration, EXT offers a roomy, luxurious, comfortable five-passenger cab and a 5'3" (1.6 m) long cargo box.

Owners requiring more cargo room can easily convert the reconfigurable Midgate™ in a few minutes without any tools, extending the bed to a full 8'1" (2.5 m). The Midgate™ folds into the interior of the cab to create a 4' x 8' (1.2 m x 2.43 m) cargo area to transport large items, from artwork to a large screen TV.

Items are protected from the elements and theft by a standard three-piece cargo cover and lockable tailgate.

The EXT's rear window is removable to allow for additional cargo space or for added air-circulation. The window is easily stowed on board and works in conjunction with the Midgate™.

The Escalade EXT also features full-time all-wheel-drive, a road-sensing suspension and traction control for surefooting in all weather conditions. The package provides superior handling and traction under all surface conditions - whether on dry, slippery or poorly maintained roads - by driving all four wheels, all the time and maintaining an optimum 38 percent/62 percent front-to-rear torque split. This offers the best balance of handling characteristics under all operating conditions.

A high output Vortec 6000 V8 based powertrain delivers strong acceleration, relaxed cruising and quiet, durable operation while delivering best-in-class power and performance.

The best-in-class engine provides impressive low-end torque and exceptionally strong, high, flat torque curves that deliver excellent pulling power throughout their torque range.

Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, combined with improved lighting and braking, front side-impact air bags and premium level OnStar, complete the Escalade EXT safety and security package.

Exterior Design:
The Escalade EXT's bold design is representative of Cadillac's vision of art and science and with its sibling the Escalade, are the first production vehicles to articulate the new design vocabulary.

Escalade EXT is available in three exterior colors: Pewter, Sable Black and White Diamond, a pearlescent, tri-coat premium finish.

Interior Design:
The interior is the luxurious environment you expect to find in a Cadillac. All surfaces are covered in leather.

Look for a substantial upgrade to the instrument panel and the addition of an optional GPS console for the 2003 model year.

Powertrain:
The 2002 Escalade EXT will share the same powertrain as the AWD Escalade SUV, Cadillac's exclusive version of the best-in-class high-output V8 Vortec 6000.

The engine links to a new Hydra-Matic 4L60-E HD (heavy-duty) electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.