Cadillac Escalade EXTm Concept Features Power and Luxurious Interior
Source: General Motors Press ReleasePosted: 10-28-02 23:00
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Insidiously appealing, the Cadillac Escalade EXTm takes the color black to a new level. Finished in Ebony Diamond paint with black chrome exterior accents and armed with an all-black interior, Escalade EXTm delivers a look that is both powerful and luxurious.

"Escalade EXTm with its premium content gives affluent, high tech-savvy buyers a limited edition vehicle that's unlike anything else in the world," said Susan Docherty, Escalade marketing director. A pure concept exercise, the Escalade EXTm makes its first appearance at the 2002 Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

The Escalade EXTm is based on the 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT, a sport-utility truck that boldly combines elements of a luxury SUV and pickup truck. The Escalade EXTm, however, goes a step further by anticipating what drivers would expect from a luxury vehicle in the future - including inspiration from the Cadillac Escalade EXT to be seen in the movie, "The Matrix Reloaded."

The Escalade EXTm boasts interior and exterior upgrades. For the first time, Cadillac has outfitted an Escalade EXT with an all-black interior that features the bathed-in-luxury look and feel of ebony leather. The seat leather is embellished with bright ebony leather piping. The headliner is ebony Alcantara. The engine-turned metal console and instrument panel trim is a contemporary interpretation of a classic design.

The deep-tinted windows of the EXTm reserve views of the interior for those inside, with the exterior view a vision for public consumption. The Cadillac Escalade signature grille and headlamp surrounds have been black-chromed for a distinguished look. The lower exterior trim features an EXTm badge. Black chrome 22-inch ASA TRS II wheels with Pirelli V-rated performance tires create the perfect pedestal upon which to mount this sinister vehicle.

The EXTm also boasts several components to satisfy technophiles. A power tonneau cover and power-release tailgate with gas strut and torsion spring assist allow easy access to the rear cargo area. A sliding load floor, which will be available as a GM Accessory next year, handles cargo management. A Bose premium music system with a six-disc CD changer and XM Satellite Radio plays through seven strategically placed speakers. Rear seat passengers can view their favorite DVDs or connect a video game console to the rear-seat entertainment system's 7-inch screen. Finally, there will never be a need to ask for directions with the DVD-based navigation system on board.

Powering the EXTm is a supercharged and intercooled Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 pumping out over 500 horsepower and 500-plus lbs.-ft. of torque. Exhaust exits through a Corsa performance exhaust tip. Shifting duties are handled by a GM 4L60-E heavy-duty four-speed automatic transmission, and power is distributed through a full-time all-wheel drive system

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