As the first sport utility vehicle in Cadillac?s portfolio of luxury vehicles, the Escalade presents a new shape for 2002, enhanced safety features, and offers the latest in technology that consumers demand. The 2002 Escalade offers a choice of all-wheel drive (AWD) or two-wheel drive (2WD), each version offering special performance differences. Larger, 17-inch wheels and tires provide a smooth ride and improved handling.
Both versions of the Escalade have new engines. The AWD has the Vortec 6.0 liter engine, which has 345 horsepower, ensuring strong acceleration and, at the same time, a smooth and quiet ride.
The rear-wheel drive model is powered by the Vortec 5300 V8 engine. With 285 horsepower at 5200 rpm, and 325 lb.-ft. at 4000 rpm, the result is 30 more horsepower than the previous Vortec 5700.
The Escalade interior has climate control, a spacious floor console that flows up into the instrument panel, and a state-of-the-art Driver Information Center. An 11-speaker Bose Acoustimass audio system debuts on the Escalade, along with an in-dash, single-load six-CD changer.
Seating has been expanded to eight passengers through the addition of a standard third row. The first two rows of seats are heated, and the removable, 50/50 split third row seats give the Escalade flexibility, perfect for airport runs, entertainment, corporate or government use.
A completely redesigned interior cabin provides more head, hip and legroom without increasing the overall width of the vehicle. Enhanced safety features include side impact air bags, head restraints in the front and rear, daytime running lights, fog lights, traction control and four wheel disc anti-lock brakes. Premium level OnStar service, at no charge for one year, completes the safety and security package.
Another standard Escalade feature is StabiliTrak, a computer-controlled, road sensing suspension package that improves body stability, ride comfort and wheel control.
The Escalade boasts both luxury and versatility. ?In today?s environment, corporate clients are looking for practical transportation,? says Dave Ransom, professional vehicle manager for Cadillac. ?But it?s also perceived as a safer vehicle, and sometimes perception turns into reality.?