Beach, Calif., U.S.A.- With a unique blend of power, performance,
comfort and sophisticated technologies, the all-new 2002 Cadillac
Escalade creates a new standard for luxury sport-utilities. As the first
sport-utility vehicle in the Cadillac portfolio, Escalade has
successfully attracted younger, more affluent, import buyers, especially
"early-adopters" who tend to acquire and embrace technological
Escalade has been a catalyst in attracting a new and important customer
to Cadillac showrooms," said Michael J. O'Malley, Cadillac general
manager. "The 2002 Escalade, with its distinct design and
innovative technologies, signifies a direction for Cadillac's portfolio
that will further broaden Cadillac's appeal."
2002 Escalade builds on Cadillac's heritage of design leadership
with a bold new shape, while pioneering meaningful technologies
that customers want and use. The new-from-the-ground-up,
second-generation, full-size Escalade is the first Cadillac to reflect
the division's fusion of art and science philosophy by blending
forward-thinking technology with an expressive new design.
years of award-winning GM truck experience and a new architecture, the
2002 Escalade expands market coverage, now with a choice of all-wheel
drive and two-wheel-drive versions, each offering distinct performance
differences. It also marks Cadillac's first export SUV for the Middle
East, where GM SUVs dominate the market.
new Escalade is unmistakably a Cadillac. The exterior joins telltale
Cadillac cues with sheer, chiseled forms and sharp lines, setting the
tone for future products. The Escalade's bold design is the first in a
series of future Cadillac models with a new form vocabulary that
reflects Cadillac's art and science philosophy. Crisp, tailored lines
are set off by Escalade's prominent, powerful front end, displaying
Cadillac's new wreath and crest.
2002, the AWD and 2WD Escalade each receive a new engine, delivering
strong acceleration, a smooth ride and quiet operation. With Cadillac's
exclusive version of the best-in-class Vortec 6000, the AWD Escalade now
has more horsepower and torque per liter than any GM SUV and far more
than any competitor. This high compression engine generates 345
horsepower at 5200 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine
links to a new Hydra-Matic 4L60-E HD (heavy-duty) electronically
controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Larger
17-inch wheels and tires offer a smoother ride and better handling.
rear-wheel drive model is powered by the Vortec 5300 V8, which makes 285
horsepower at 5200 rpm and 325 lb.-ft. at 4000 rpm, resulting in 30 more
horsepower than the previous Vortec 5700. Plus, the 5300 delivers 90
percent of its peak torque over a wide band from 1600 to 5000 rpm. The
engine is coupled with a standard Hydra-Matic 4L60-E electronically
controlled four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
dual powertrain strategy, coupled with sophisticated chassis control
technologies, like StabiliTrak, offers a package that parallels the
acclaimed Northstar system found in the Cadillac DeVille and
Seville," said Susan Docherty, Cadillac Escalade brand manager.
Middle East export version offers the same design and performance
features as the AWD Escalade, but its exhaust system has been modified
to run on leaded fuel and it does not have OnStar. AWD capability gives
Middle East customers the added traction to handle sandy or loose gravel
and accommodates off-roading activities, which are common in that region
of the world.
new on the AWD model is StabiliTrak(tm), which is standard equipment on
the Escalade. With StabiliTrak comes the computer-controlled road
sensing suspension package, improving body stability, ride comfort and
Rear Parking Assist, combined with improved lighting and braking, safer
seat designs, side impact air bags and premium level OnStar, complete
the Escalade safety and security package.
interior is more comfortable, luxurious and practical for 2002. The
redesigned cabin provides more head, hip and second- and third-row leg
room than before, without an increase in overall width and slight
decreases in height and length.
has been expanded to eight passengers through the addition of a standard
third-row and testing shows the seats offer best-in-class comfort. The
addition of the removable, 50/50 split third-row seats gives the
Escalade a new level of flexibility and utility, an important factor to
seats are supportive and covered with Soft Nuance leather. The first two
rows of seats are heated.
interior also has best-in-class climate control, a spacious floor
console that flows up into the instrument panel, and a state-of-the-art
Driver Information Center. A new best-in-class 11-speaker Bose(r)
Acoustimass(r) audio system debuts on the Escalade, along with an
in-dash, single-load six CD changer. A special acoustic package delivers
a quieter ride.