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2002 Cadillac Escalade

Redesigned 2002 Escalade Exterior Reflects Cadillac's Vision of Art and Science

The redesigned 2002 Escalade is the first in a series of vehicles that features a new form vocabulary reflecting Cadillac's unique blend of art and science. Escalade's exterior uses sheer, chiseled shapes and crisp, sharp, tailored lines to achieve the new look.

The aggressive front-end is Escalade's most distinctive exterior feature. It is distinguished by a modified version of Cadillac's signature, badge-shaped grille. The grille, inspired by Cadillac's Evoq concept car, has a contemporary, high-tech look, created in part by satin nickel finish and chrome accents. The brightwork highlights also extend to the running boards, luggage rack and door pull handles, creating an integrated appearance.

NEW WREATH AND CRESTEscalade is the first vehicle to proudly display Cadillac's new wreath and crest. It is emblazoned on the grille and liftgate and also on the center cap of the wheels. The new logo is simpler, cleaner, more modern, and reflects Cadillac's vision as it enters its second century.

Larger, sparkling halogen headlamps create a jewel-like appearance, while chrome lamp bezels add luxurious touches. The headlamps are incorporated into a single unit wîth rectangular parking lamps and turn signals, and are controlled by an automatic Twilight Sentinel system. Lighting includes programmable Daytime Running Lamps.

The vehicle's front fascia incorporates two recessed tow hooks and rectangular halogen fog lamps. Both front and rear fascias wrap around painted steel impact bumper bars. The functional rear step bumper neatly shrouds a standard Class Seven trailer hitch. In the rear, Escalade also has a larger, diamond-shaped center high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL). The exhaust is fitted wîth a polished, stainless steel tip.

Protective body-colored cladding extends the vehicle's sheer lines into the side quarter panels and lower body. In the rear, the cladding flows down for extra body protection against stones. Integrated, body-colored running boards complete the look.

Along wîth color-keyed fascias, cladding and running boards, body-colored rearview mirrors and color-keyed luggage rack end caps offer a smooth, monochromatic appearance. Bright chrome highlights the rails of the Cadillac-specific luggage rack and door pull handles. In front, the license plate area is integrated into the fascia.

Signature Seven-Spoke Wheels Cadillac's signature seven-spoke design graces Escalade's 17 x 7.5-inch cast aluminum wheels. The wheels have a bright, machined wheel face finish, and a brushed finish on the aluminum overlay in the center cap matches the wheel. The Cadillac insignia, wîth a polished finish, is stamped prominently into the center cap.

New P265/70R17 Goodyear all-season tires have been specially tuned for maximum ride comfort. Their increased rolling diameter provides a smoother, quieter ride as well as better handling to take full advantage of the AWD system.


Escalade is available in five exterior colors, including Pewter, Infra Red, Green Envy, Sable Black and Aspen White (which will be replacing White Diamond), a pearlescent, tri-coat premium finish, after the launch.

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2002 Cadillac Escalade Debuts All-New, Luxurious Interior Design


Inside, the 2002 Escalade offers comfort, convenience, luxury and safety. Interior highlights include an all-new, upscale instrument panel wîth integrated floor console, heated Soft Nuance leather seats wîth new sew styles and colors; a premium 11-speaker Bose® Acoustimass® audio system and in-dash, single-point loading six-disc CD changer, a sophisticated new Driver Information Center and a light weight third-row seat.


Gauges Trimmed in Aluminum Halos

The all-new instrument panel (IP) is one of the Escalade's most notable highlights. Trimmed in aluminum halos, it features a 120-mph speedometer and analog gauges, including an odometer wîth trip, engine hour meter, tachometer, fuel, voltmeter, oil pressure and engine temperature. A new transmission temperature gauge also allows drivers to monitor transmission fluid temperature for the first time. Interior appointments are all color-keyed for a harmonious appearance.

New instrument pointers and white cluster backlighting are useful and attractive. The IP's inner cluster is coated in a silver soft touch paint finish, and the cluster bezel is accented wîth rich Zebrano wood. The IP's driver message center monitors and reports the status of up to 19 vehicle functions. The standard OnStar three-button system is housed in the IP for easy access.

The §teering wheel is trimmed wîth wood and has a soft, leather wrapped shift lever wîth a chrome ring tip. The center of the §teering wheel displays Cadillac's updated wreath and crest emblem. The §teering wheel also has a duplicate set of audio controls so drivers need not avert their eyes from the road to control the sound system.


Along wîth its upscale look, the all-new interior offers utility as well. A spacious, lockable extended floor console stores personal items, and flows into the instrument panel.

The console's top is extended to better hold items placed on its surface, and is covered in leather. The inner portion of the console's bezel has a Zebrano wood look, and its perimeter is trimmed wîth silver soft touch paint. The interior compartment is deep and lights up when the console is opened. It has a convenient coin holder on the side and slots for storing up to six CDs or cassettes at the bottom. The console also features a new analog clock.


The top of the console incorporates a state-of-the-art Driver Information Center (DIC), which has been improved to perform the following Escalade-exclusive tasks:

Recall the driver and/or passenger's seat position at the touch of the remote keyless entry unlock button or when the key is inserted in the ignition

Execute an automatic Exit Recall of the seat when the key is removed from the ignition

Automatically tilt the driver and/or passenger side exterior mirrors when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse and restore them to a normal position when the vehicle is shifted out of Reverse
The DIC has numerous other capabilities, including the ability to track fuel economy, personalize the automatic lighting, alarm and door locking systems.


The console also has two large cupholders, two auxiliary power points and an ashtray, all neatly hidden below damped, spring-loaded lids, as well as separate, covered storage for maps, credit cards or a cell phone. In the second-row of the vehicle, the rear of the console has two auxiliary power points, rear seat audio controls, separate right and left side controls for second-row heated seat cushions, another set of cupholders and courtesy lights for rear passengers.

An overhead, front mini console provides reading lamps and controls for the rear air conditioning and Homelink®, which allows vehicle owners to program up to three different signals for items, such as the garage door opener, house lights or an electric gate. It also houses controls for the optional sunroof.


Escalade's premium entertainment package features an impressive 11-speaker Bose® Acoustimass® Audio System, which has been acoustically tailored and equalized for the vehicle's interior architecture.

A seven-channel power module, which includes a two-state modulation amplifier, drives the speakers, and is located in the rear quarter panel. The speaker system includes:

Two tweeters, relocated to the right and left front A-pillar areas

Two extended-range speakers on either side of the front console, which help project the audio image to the center of the vehicle

Two 6.5-inch wide-range speakers (woofers) in the front door panels

Two 5.25-inch speakers in the rear door panels

Two smaller high-output speakers mounted in the D-pillars

A subwoofer in the left rear quarter panel
The Bose® patented Acoustimass® speaker technology ensures deep, clean bass and a wide, dynamic range. The 11-speaker package provides highly balanced, lifelike sound for all listeners. The system generates 250 watts RMS of power output and can produce up to 110 dB SPL wîth no audible distortion – far exceeding the 103 to 104 dB SPL considered maximum concert level.

The Bose® package is combined wîth an AM/FM stereo/CD/cassette player wîth seek-scan, speed-compensated volume and a memory that 'remembers' the tone control settings for each radio station and recalls them when the station is selected.


Six-Discs Loaded Through a Single Slot on the Dash

A new remote in-dash six-disc changer allows occupants to load or eject CDs independently of the others through a single slot on the instrument panel. It has a time-saving 'load-all' or 'eject-all' feature. In addition, it provides single-disc random play in which it randomly selects tracks from one disc, or full random play, in which it skips from one disc to the next, randomly playing a tune from each.


For top-notch radio reception, Escalade has a new, sophisticated Diversity Antenna System. It uses an FM antenna located on the driver's rear quarter window and an AM/FM antenna on the passenger's side rear quarter glass. The two glass antennas feed a diversity module, located in the rear quarter panel, which then feeds the radio wîth an optimized signal. Based on output from a receiver in the radio, the diversity module tunes, combines and changes the phase of the antennas to improve the signal wîth a uniform reception pattern.


The Escalade's interior offers more head room, hip room and second- and third-row leg room than before, and it does so wîth a decrease in length and height, and only a slight increase in width.


Seating comfort continues to be an Escalade specialty wîth the 2002 model. The seats are uniquely soft and supportive, and feature Soft Nuance leather surfaces wîth Cadillac-specific sew patterns.

The standard front bucket seats are equipped wîth six-way power seat adjusters for the driver and passenger, power seatback recliners, power-adjustable side bolsters, heated seat backs and cushions, a seat back storage pocket, power lumbar adjusters, fold-down inboard armrests, manual articulating four-position head restraints, a two-position driver's seat memory, and programmable exit feature.

The convenient 60/40 split-folding second row seat has a folding center armrest wîth storage tray, dual cupholders, and vertically adjustable head restraints on the outboard seats. Both second row seats can be folded flat into the floor, creating additional storage space. When folding the second row, headrests articulate completely out of the way without being removed. Second row seats will again feature heated cushions.

Light-Weight Removable Third-Row Standard

The remarkably flexible standard 50/50 split-bench, third-row seat allows the seat backs to be folded or the seats to be flipped forward and stowed or entirely removed (each seat weighs approximately 40 pounds).

Cadillac's new wreath and crest emblem is embroidered in the first and second-row seat headrests.


Careful thought was given to the interior color scheme. In 2002, the Escalade is available in two interior colors: Shale or Pewter. The interior combines solid and perforated leather for a varied look.

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