Cadillac Escalade

Redesigned 2002 Escalade Delivers Cadillac Design & Technology in a Powerful Package

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 innovations. 

"The 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."

The 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.

Leveraging 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 Cadilla'’s first export SUV for the Middle East, where GM SUVs dominate the market.

The 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.

AWD Escalade's 6.0 Liter Vortec Engine Delivers Best-in-Class 345 HP.

In 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.

The 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.

Source: Cadillac press

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