The latest Cadillac Escalade is all you’d expect it to be. It is a full-size luxury SUV, designed to meet the latest standards, bathed in plush materials and packed with the latest tech. It also offers lots of trim levels, optional packs, individual equipment choices and accessories. If you are looking for a large family SUV, the Escalade may be the choice for you.
Design of the Cadillac Escalade
The Escalade is massive. It is not always easy to make something of this size look appealing, but Cadillac has done it. The Escalade is stylish and unmistakably American. The grille is huge, sharp and accompanied by similar headlights.
It seems that the aim of the designers was not to make beautiful parts, but have the complete picture look harmonious. This is why every part of the Escalade has a connection with another part – the headlights outer line continues on the fog lights; the foglights lower part’s width matches that of the lower intake in the middle and the sides of the intake continue the angle of the sides of the grille – even though neither of these parts is directly connected with any other.
The Escalade looks sharp and bulky. There are many sharp lines and, with a vehicle of this size, it is a very good approach. Trying to hide this kind of a size with wavy shapes would make it look clumsy. This way, the Escalade looks elegant and confident.
Interior of the Cadillac Escalade
Luxury, quality and elegance - these are the main features of the interior of the Cadillac Escalade. Even in the base trim level the Escalade is beautifully sculpted, filled with tech and bathed in soft-touch materials.
There is plenty of space, especially in the first two rows, while the ESV model adds even more for both the second and third rows.
In spite of its large size, all of the controls are located near the driver. Everything is at hand and the instruments are clear and easy to read.
Getting into the third row is a breeze. The second row seats move and tumble to allow access. Moreover, optional retractable steps make getting into the Escalade even easier.
In the standard version, no person in the first and second rows will want for more headroom or legroom. The third row is perfectly sized for children. However, if you choose the ESV model, you will get even more space for the second row and adult-rated third row.
Depending on the trim level, available equipment can make your Escalade a real example of luxury, both in terms of tech and design.
Engine and Drive of the Cadillac Escalade
All Escalades, regardless of the trim level, are powered by a 6.2 l V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft o torque. The V8 is paired with a 10-speed automatic and power is transmitted to the rear wheels as standard or all wheels as an optional feature.
Despite the massive body and weight-adding luxury, the engine is more than enough to push the Escalade with ease. Torque is ever-present so acceleration feels effortless. Moreover, the latest 10-speed automatic allows great accuracy in choosing the preferred rev range.
Steering and handling are surprisingly good. It is easy to steer with precision. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the steering wheel requires a bit more turning than usual. However, this also allows you to choose your direction with surgical precision. Speaking of precision, the brake pedal also has a long travel, which allows you to dose the pressure with ease.
Expectedly, there is some body roll, but the Escalade is not meant to cut corners anyway. It is a confident, luxurious family cruiser - and perfect as that.
Trim Levels for the Cadillac Escalade
There are four trim levels, called Escalade, Escalade Luxury, Escalade Premium Luxury and Escalade Platinum. Furthermore, each of these has an ESV version that further improves on the luxury, space and tech.
The Escalade in the base trim already comes with plenty of advanced features. In terms of infotainment, it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, Wi-Fi hot spot capability, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound with 16 speakers and a 12” instruments screen that can be reconfigured to suit your preference.
In terms of comfort, looks and convenience, the base trim level gives power, LED headlights and taillights, 20” wheels, fold-flat third row of seats and manual release second row with fold-and-tumble function, heated and ventilated first row and heated second row of seats, height-programmable liftgate, power liftgate, leather seats and 12-way power adjustability for the first row, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel with memory, leather steering wheel, heated steering wheel and wireless charging function.
When it comes to safety, the entry trim is also amazing with automatic parking assist, surround vision with birds eye view, Magnetic Ride Control with driving modes and rearview camera with parking sensors.
Escalade Luxury adds 22” wheels, loads of safety perks including Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, Lane Change Alert with Side-Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking and IntelliBeam automatic high beam on/off headlamps, rearview mirror that streams video from the reversing camera, head-up display, power release for the second row, sunroof and Theft Deterrent Package.
The Premium Luxury adds Driver Assist Package that includes adaptive cruise control with full-speed range, automatic braking both for going forward and in reverse, but also individual features such as 9” overhead screen for the rear seats, Blu-Ray compatibility, two sets of two-channel wireless headphones and remote control, LED cornering lamps and illumination for the door handles on the outside.
At the very top you will find the Escalade Platinum. The entry level is already amazingly plush and the two in-between options add a lot more, but the Platinum puts the Escalade at the top of the luxury SUV category. Just some of the improvements include things like dedicated semi-Aniline leather seats for the first two rows and Mulan leather for the third one, premium leather-covered upper door trim, premium floor mats, instrument panel and console, cooler in the center console, suede-microfiber cover for the headliner and pillars, 18-way power adjustment for the front seats, dedicated 22” wheels and grille, illuminated door sills with ‘Platinum’ inscription, 7” screens in first-row headrests and power assist steps.
Moreover, the ESV versions add a bit more in terms of luxury, as well as unmatched space for the second and third rows. If all this is not enough for you, you can opt for individual optional features or accessories and make your Escalade a truly unique one.
The Cadillac Escalade is a truly luxurious option for you and your family to cruise in style. At CMP Chevrolet CadillacBuick GMC we’re happy to show you the vehicle of your dreams and answer any questions you may have. Come into our Calgary car dealership at 1313 – 36 Street NE, give us a call at (403) 207- 1000, or book a test drive online today.