Get it all: 2002 SEMA Show Coverage (11/6/2002)
Has SEMA been conquered? From the vast display of GM vehicles both from the company and from allied tuners, one might be led to believe it’s at least had a flag or two planted in its backside.
This year’s display of 39 vehicles from General Motors made the company’s latest credo plainly clear — the company intends to become the platform of choice for tuners and aftermarket modifiers. It may be working: GM claims that more than 300 GM vehicles have been modified by it and other tuners and are on display in Las Vegas.
With vehicles on display from nearly all its divisions —Chevrolet, Cadillac, Pontiac and Saturn were represented, and even newly minted Hummer had an idea to spin on the SEMA crowds — GM’s Gary Cowger says the company is out to prove its commitment to the aftermarket crowds gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Brand by brand, the GM vehicles on display showed included the following:
The Escalade EXTm
is a Spinal Tap
truck if ever there were. Ebony Diamond paint is paired with an all-black interior in this concept, based on the 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT and a preview of the vehicles you’ll see being piloted in the upcoming sequel The Matrix Reloaded
. Black leather inside and black chrome trim get 22-inch ASA TRS II wheels with Pirelli V-rated performance tires. A power tonneau cover and power-release tailgate outside and a Bose premium music system and a six-disc CD changer with XM Satellite Radio. The powerplant is a supercharged and intercooled Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 pumping out over 500 horsepower and 500-plus lbs.-ft. of torque. Full-time all-wheel drive is standard. The same idea works on the CTSm,
The DTS Icon
morphs the steamer-ship Caddy into an executive lounge. New interior lighting brightens up the rear-seat workspace, and twin LCD screens are integrated into the front seatbacks. OnStar telematics and a Bose premium sound system keep the infotainment coming, while entire meetings could be catered from the Icon’s heated and cooled cupholders and tray tables. Wireless headphones and wired-in 110v outlets complete the package in back.
Caddy’s Escalade ESV Platinum
concept doles out luxury gear to large-capacity SUV drivers. A cashmere headliner complements ebony leather, silver and walnut trim. A Bose audio system has a six-disc changer and XM Satellite Radio; the nav system is DVD, of course. The grille is sterling silver, and the 20-inch Kruz "Whitney" wheels are silverplated like teapots.
Chevy’s sprawling product lineup will get a common thread in the form of two letters: SS. Those historic initials, worn by some of the brand’s most revered muscle cars, is coming back as the signifier for Chevy’s new range of performance vehicles.
The 2003 Silverado SS extended cab is the first production vehicle in the new range, but others are sure to follow. Could the Silverado Regular Cab SS
be one? It gets a 395-hp V-8 in concept form, a six-speed manual transmission and a Centerforce clutch, plain-jane seats, manual steering and rubber floor mats.
The TrailBlazer SS
concept brings the strong-selling SUV into more muscular territory. Somehow, a 345-hp 6.0-liter V-8 is wedged under its hood and teamed to a heavy-duty four-speed automatic. Underneath, new springs lower the truck two inches; 20-inch Budnick wheels boost its profile, along with four-piston brake calipers.