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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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