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.
2003, Escalade EXT adds numerous features, including new safety
features, a rear seat entertainment system, interior instrument
panel upgrades and modified seats.
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.
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.
are protected from the elements and theft by a standard three-piece
cargo cover and lockable tailgate.
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'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.
EXT is available in five exterior colors: Pewter, Sable Black and
White Diamond, a pearlescent, tri-coat premium finish. Green Envy
- a medium Pearl Green Metallic, and Out of the Blue - a medium
Blue Metallic are new for 2003.
An advanced new multiplexed electrical architecture makes Escalade
EXT even smarter. The new architecture greatly reduces the number
of wires, splices and connectors, minimizes weight, improves packaging
efficiency, reliability and durability and enables features such
as the driver information center, new infotainment systems, automatic
climate control and the passenger sensing system.
driver information center monitors and reports on up to 30 system
functions - more than any vehicle in its class. The instrument panel
and cluster - redesigned to accommodate these new features - provides
more crucial operating data than any competitor. An available eight-button
steering wheel control allows owners to personalize several functions
and safely access new infotainment systems.
2003 Escalade EXT offers new entertainment systems, including a
Panasonic DVD Entertainment System, XM Satellite Radio and a highly
refined, premium Bose sound system with superb imaging, stage and
XM Satellite Radio features 100 coast-to-coast digital channels,
including 71 music channels (more than 30 of them commercial-free)
from hip-hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues,
and 29 channels of sports, talk, children's and entertainment programming.
XM also brings to the car, for the first time on radio, a diverse
selection of 24-hour news sources previously available only in the
home. XM's next-generation sound quality technology provides superior
sound, remarkably close to that of a compact disc.
optional rear-seat entertainment system includes a DVD player with
flip-down screen for rear-seat passenger viewing, wireless headphones
and a remote control. The state-of-the-art, factory-installed system
includes a 7-inch liquid-crystal display, with a 16 x 9 aspect ratio
(screen format), capable of playing studio-quality audio/video in
both CD-audio and DVD formats. The DVD player can play all discs
manufactured for wide- or standard-screen formats, as well as CD
audio discs. It also provides three other sets of auxiliary video
and audio inputs for video game systems like the Microsoft X-box,
a camcorder or other types of external equipment.
The Escalade EXT adds additional safety enhancements for 2003 including
an automatic passenger-sensing air bag system. It automatically
deactivates the passenger-side air bag under certain conditions
to protect children (or small adults).
dual-stage air-bag system is a supplemental restraint system designed
to detect vehicle deceleration and, based on the deceleration data,
provide an appropriate amount of air-bag inflation.
EXT now has supplemental brake assist, a center seat shoulder belt
in the second row and a child restraint anchor system to make installing
child seats easier and safer. The Escalade EXT also features improved
brake performance and pedal feel, and quieter operation. The brake
and accelerator pedals now have a power-adjustable feature.
vehicle features an upgraded StabiliTrak system and new one-speed
full-time open-differential transfer case. The new system's four-channel
electronic brake control replaces previous three-channel hydraulic
brake control for ABS/traction and two-channel control for yaw stability.
standard power exterior rearview mirrors feature power tilt glass/power
folding, heat, left-side electrochromic glass, puddle lights, turn-signal
indicators in the glass and a memory feature.
standard high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps enhance safety
The best-in-class Vortec 6000 V8 gives the vehicle more horsepower
and torque per liter than any SUV, at 345 horsepower at 5200 rpm
and 380 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine links to the Hydra-Matic
4L60-E heavy-duty electronically controlled four-speed automatic
transmission with overdrive.