Cadillac EXT's exterior is all-together different from the Blackwood
yet immediately recognizable as American design. Where the Blackwood
has organic lines, the EXT carries Cadillac's new edgy design aesthetic
to near extreme.
the Lincoln, the EXT shares its front fascia with its full size
SUV sibling, in this case the Cadillac Escalade, but from the A-pillar
back design cues are more in common with the Chevrolet Avalanche.
EXT might not have the elegant panache of the Blackwood's exterior
but its fit and finish are second to none. The EXT does away with
the Avalanche's prominent plastic cladding in favor of stamped sheetmetal.
It keeps the unibody construction between bed and cab, a superior
option reducing noise, vibration and harshness when driving.
three colors will be available for the EXT, black, pewter and a
stunning pearlescent white shared with the Cadillac Deville. To
further differentiate the EXT from its Chevrolet sibling, the Cadillac's
rocker panels and fender flares are body color along with the truck's
'flying buttress' sail located just aft of the cabin - nice touches.
suspect that the owners of these vehicles will choose their truck
based upon the exterior that best represents their personality and
place in the society. Go-getter 'Type A' personalities, out to prove
to the world, and themselves, that they are king of the hill, will
probably opt for the more aggressive Escalade EXT. Successful 'Type
B' personalities who have climbed the corporate ladder to the top
and are secure with their place in history will probably choose
the Lincoln Blackwood because of its more laid-back style. It's
somewhat funny that Lincoln picked retired tennis pro John McEnroe
to pitch the Blackwood in television commercials because he seems
more the EXT type.
2002 Cadillac Escalade EXT
4 door, 5 passenger
6.0-Liter Vortec 6000 OHV V8
345 hp @ 5,200 rpm
380 lb.-ft. @ 2,750 rpm
Top speed 108 mph
Highway - 16 mpg
City - 12 mpg
Fuel tank - 30.9 Gallons
Range - n/a
Tires & Wheels:
P265/70/R17 BSW A/S Bright machined aluminum seven spoke,17 in.
x 7.5 in.
Front suspension -
Independent with torsion bars
Rear suspension -
5-link with coil springs
Real time damping road sensing suspension with rear load leveling
Four-wheel hydro-boost power disc brakes with ABS
Safety and Security:
Dual driver and passenger front and side air bags
Childproof rear door locks and rear child seat tethers
Reverse obstacle detection systems, remote keyless entry, built-in
Maximum towing capacity 8,000 pounds