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Cadillac Debuts First Crossover Vehicle — Escalade EXT

January 29, 2002

General Motors’ Cadillac division has launched the Escalade EXT — a Sport Utility Truck (SUT) that is a cross between a luxury SUV and a premium pickup truck. EXT offers the luxury Cadillac customers expect, with the extended cargo capabilities of a pickup truck. Escalade EXT is unmistakably a Cadillac with its sheer, chiseled forms and bold styling. In its standard configuration, EXT offers a roomy five-passenger cab and a 5'3" (1.6 m) long cargo box. Luxury customers requiring more cargo room can easily convert the reconfigurable midgate in a few minutes without any tools, extending the bed to a full 8'1" (2.5 m). The midgate folds into the interior of the cab to create a 4' x 8' (1.2 m x 2.43 m) cargo area to transport large items.Items are protected from the elements and theft by a standard three-piece cargo cover and lockable tailgate.The cargo box also offers protection for items secured inside. The sides of the cargo box, along with the midgate and tailgate, are constructed of a new Pro-Tec composite material.EXT's rear window is removable to allow for additional cargo space or for added air-circulation. The window is easily stowed on board and works in conjunction with the midgate.The EXT is offered with the following features: Luxury SUV comfort plus truck performance. A large, comfortable, safe, secure and versatile cab environment. Cargo bed can be used as car-like trunk or truck-like bed. Safe, protected and lighted space from the instrument panel to the tailgate. Flexible, functional, reconfigurable bed.
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