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:
CADILLACThe 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, too.
2002 Cadillac DTS Icon ConceptEnlarge Photo
2002 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum conceptEnlarge Photo
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.
2003 Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab SSEnlarge Photo
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS conceptEnlarge Photo