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Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade
Manufacturer Cadillac (General Motors)
Production 1999–present
2001–present (ESV)
2002–2013 (EXT)
Model years 1999–2000
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury sport utility vehicle
Related GMC Yukon (Denali), Chevrolet Tahoe

The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV engineered and manufactured by Cadillac. It was Cadillac's first major entry into the popular SUV market. The Escalade was introduced for the 1999 model year in response to German and Japanese competitors and to Ford's 1998 release of the Lincoln Navigator. The Escalade project went into production only ten months after it was approved. The Escalade is built in Arlington, Texas. The name Escalade refers to a siege warfare tactic of scaling defensive walls or ramparts with the aid of ladders or siege towers.

The 1999 Escalade was identical to the 1999 GMC Denali, but was redesigned for the 2002 model year to make its appearance fall more in line with Cadillac's "art and science" design theme. Escalade production went on hiatus for the 2001 model year. The Escalade ESV (based on the Chevrolet Suburban) and its former sibling the Escalade EXT (based on the Avalanche sport utility truck) were made in Silao, Mexico, before the 2007 redesign; the new Escalade ESV is sourced from Arlington, Texas.

As of 2015, the Cadillac Escalade is available in every country that Cadillac is available in, except Israel. The Escalade ESV version is available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East. It is Cadillac's largest luxury oriented, passenger and load carrying vehicle which was previously served by the Cadillac Commercial Chassis.


  • First generation (1999–2000) 1
  • Second generation (2002–2006) 2
    • Engines 2.1
    • Specification levels 2.2
  • Third generation (2007–2014) 3
    • Engines 3.1
    • Hybrid 3.2
    • Standard features 3.3
    • Safety 3.4
    • Updates 3.5
  • Fourth generation (2015–) 4
    • Details and features 4.1
    • Updates 4.2
      • MY 2016 4.2.1
    • Hennessey HPE550 4.3
    • International Version 4.4
    • Critical reception 4.5
    • Recalls 4.6
  • Escalade EXT 5
  • Platinum 6
  • U.S. sales 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

First generation (1999–2000)

GMT 400
Also called Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
Production 1999–2000
Model years 1999–2000
Assembly Arlington, Texas, U.S. (Arlington Assembly)
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout F4 (Front-engine, four-wheel drive)
Platform GMT435
Related Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon Denali
  • 5.7 L L31 V8 (gasoline)
Transmission 4-speed 4L60-E automatic
Wheelbase 117.5 in (2,985 mm)
Length 201.2 in (5,110 mm)
Width 77.0 in (1,956 mm)
Height 74.3 in (1,887 mm)

The introduction of the Lincoln Navigator in the 1998 model year necessitated that General Motors be able to compete in the burgeoning American market for full-size luxury-type trucks. This generation was only a five-seat SUV. Fearing the growing hegemony of the Lincoln Navigator, the Escalade was rushed through the design process to reach dealers quickly. Essentially little more than a badge-engineered GMC Yukon Denali, the SUV's aesthetics were similar to the Denali and the final vehicle was smaller than the Navigator. The Escalade's underpinnings were borrowed from the Yukon Denali line, with the GMC logos on the center caps replaced with Cadillac's crest. The Escalade also used the same 5.7 L Vortec 5700 V8 at 255 hp (190 kW), which was underpowered compared to the Navigator's 300 hp (220 kW) and 365 lb·ft (495 N·m) 5.4 Liter InTech V-8. All first-generation Escalades featured Auto-Trac selectable 4x4. The 1999-2000 Escalade achieves 11 mpg-US (21 L/100 km) city and 15 mpg-US (16 L/100 km) highway based on U.S. EPA test protocols.[1][2]

The interior featured leather seats. The Escalade also included a Bose surround system; a first for an SUV. The Escalade gauge cluster differed slightly from the cluster used in the Tahoe and Yukon. The Escalade gauges features white needles instead of orange and the speedometer reads to 120 mph (190 km/h).

According to information from the Highway Loss Data Institute, the Cadillac Escalade is the most stolen vehicle in the U.S.[3]

GMT400 GMC Yukon Denali, showing similarities to the Escalade.

Second generation (2002–2006)

Production 2001–2006
Model years 2002–2006
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door SUV
4-door sport utility truck
Platform GMT820
GMT830 (Escalade ESV)
GMT806 (Escalade EXT)
Related Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Suburban
Hummer H2
Wheelbase 116.0 in (2,946 mm)
130.0 in (3,302 mm) (ESV/EXT)
Length 198.9 in (5,052 mm)
221.4 in (5,624 mm) (ESV/EXT)
Width 78.9 in (2,004 mm)
79.5 in (2,019 mm) (ESV/EXT)
Height 76.5 in (1,943 mm)
75.7 in (1,923 mm) (ESV/EXT)
75.0 in (1,905 mm) (ESV Platinum)
Curb weight 5,800 lbs

Unlike its Chevrolet and GMC siblings, which launched for the 2000 model year, Cadillac delayed the Escalade's switch to the GMT820 chassis until 2002, the last of the three General Motors full-size truck and SUV brands to switch to the new chassis; Cadillac introduced the 2002 model year Escalade in January 2001 while continuing to sell the 2000 model year trucks. Rear-wheel drive was standard, as was a 5.3 L V8, with all-wheel drive and the special high-output Vortec 6.0 L V8 engine as options. All models (except for the EXT) offered seating up to 8 people.

The "StabiliTrak" electronic stability control system was upgraded to a four-wheel version, High Intensity Discharge (HID) low beam headlights, power-adjustable pedals and signal outside mirrors were added as a standard feature in 2003. For 2004, XM Satellite Radio, second-row bucket seats, and a tire pressure monitoring system were made standard on all Escalades except the EXT. Also in 2004, the Platinum edition Escalade ESV was introduced at a base price of $71,025; It featured the luxury utility segment's first factory-installed 20-inch chrome wheels, a slightly lowered stance, heated and cooled seats (front and back), heated and cooled cup holders, moon roof, 2nd and 3rd row monitors, a premium interior that included an ebony and shale dashboard, shale leather upholstery and pleated door panel bolsters and a chrome grille and a standard 6.0 liter V-8 producing 345 horsepower. The 5.3 L engine was dropped for 2005 and the OnStar system was upgraded.


Specification levels

  • 2002–2006 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2002–2006 Cadillac Escalade EXT
  • 2003–2006 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2004–2006 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum

Third generation (2007–2014)

GMT 900
Production January 2006–2014
Model years 2007–2014
Assembly China: Shanghai (Shanghai GM)
Mexico: Silao (Silao Assembly)
Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor)[4][5]
United States: Arlington, Texas (Arlington Assembly)
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door SUV
4-door sport utility truck
Platform GMT926
GMT936 (Escalade ESV)
GMT946 (Escalade EXT, 2006-2013 MY)
Related Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Suburban
GMC Yukon
GMC Yukon XL
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra
Hummer H2
Wheelbase 116.0 in (2,946 mm)
130.0 in (3,302 mm) (ESV/EXT)
Length 202.5 in (5,144 mm)
222.9 in (5,662 mm) (ESV)
222.0 in (5,639 mm) (EXT)
Width 79.0 in (2,007 mm)
79.1 in (2,009 mm) (EXT only)
Height 74.7 in (1,897 mm) (2007–09 2WD)
74.5 in (1,892 mm) (EXT & 2007–09 ESV)
74.3 in (1,887 mm) (2007–09 4WD)
2010–11 SWB: 75.9 in (1,928 mm)
2010–2013 ESV: 73.1 in (1,857 mm)
2012-2013 SWB: 75.9 in (1,928 mm)
2012-2013 EXT: 74.5 in (1,892 mm)
GMT900 Cadillac Escalade (regular length)
GMT900 Cadillac Escalade ESV

The Escalade moved to the new GMT900 platform for the 2007 model year, as the GMT900 platforms together (Silverado/Sierra/Avalanche/Escalade EXT, Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon//Yukon XL/Yukon-Denali/Escalade) were launched together for that year. The regular Escalade was again joined by a stretched ESV version as well as a new EXT sport utility truck. The 2006 Escalade was the official vehicle of Super Bowl XL, with MVP Hines Ward being awarded one of the first Escalades produced.
Production of the redesigned Escalade began at Arlington Assembly in January 2006. It is priced from US$57,280, though the rear-wheel drive version at this price was not produced until August. The more expensive all-wheel drive version was produced first, followed by the long wheelbase ESV and EXT pickup (the latter sourced from the Silao, Mexico, plant) in June.
The Escalade uses an all-aluminum 6.2 L Vortec V8. This pushrod engine includes variable valve timing, a first in a mass-produced non-overhead cam engine. The system adjusts both intake and exhaust timing between two settings. The engine produces 403 hp (301 kW) (23 hp more than its sister competitor, the GMC Yukon Denali) and 417 lb·ft (565 N·m) of torque. A new six-speed 6L80 automatic transmission is used. The new body completes a 0.363 drag coefficient. In 2010, the Cadillac Escalade's base price was $62,500 for a RWD model, and $65,200 for an AWD model. The northeast accounts for 60 percent of Escalade sales. 2013 model(Cadillac Escalade 2WD 8 cyl, 6.2 L, Automatic 6-spd,) have official government measured fuel economy of 14 mpg-US (17 L/100 km), combined 16 mpg-US (15 L/100 km) and highway 18 mpg-US (13 L/100 km).[6]


2007–2014 — 6.2 L Vortec 6200 V8, 403 horsepower (301 kW)


2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.

A Hybrid version of the luxury vehicle debuted at the 2008 South Florida International Auto Show in Miami, and went on sale in 2008 as a 2009 model at a starting price of $74,085[7] for a two-wheel drive model. In August, 20% of Cadillac Escalade sales were hybrids.

The Escalade Hybrid takes 8.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h). The Hybrid is powered by a 6.0-liter V8. It's joined by two 60-kilowatt electric motors supplied by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack under the rear seat. On its own, the V8 is rated at 332 hp (248 kW) at 5,100 rpm and 367 lb·ft (498 N·m) at 4,100 rpm. GM engineers say that combined output with the electric motors is 379 hp. The unique transmission houses the electric motors along with three different planetary gear sets and four traditional clutches.

Eli Manning received an Escalade Hybrid for being the 2007 Super Bowl MVP.

The Hybrid models were discontinued after the 2013 model year.

Standard features

Standard features of the Cadillac Escalade includes air conditioning with tri-zone climate controls, Nuisance leather-appointed seats (faux),tilt (genuine wood) & faux leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and heated 2nd-row seats, 14-way power front seats, memory system, remote engine start, premium sound system, 6-disc CD changer, rear radio controls, compass, power lift-gate, and outside-temperature indicator. The Platinum adds on a DVD entertainment system, navigation system, heated and cooled cupholders, rearview camera, cooled front seats, upgraded leather (Tehama front and second-row upholstery), and power-retractable running boards.


According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2007-08 Escalade models had the highest fatality rate of their class with a driver death rate of 33 compared to the class average of 15.[8]

NHTSA 2014 Escalade:[9]
Frontal Driver:
Frontal Passenger:
Side Driver:
Side Passenger:
Side Pole Driver:
Rollover RWD: / 24.6%
Rollover AWD: / 22.8%



  • On the automatic trunk button, the "off" signal was changed from the Number "0" (Zero) to the word "off."
  • Escalade badging on the trunk lid was moved from the left side to the right.
  • Seating capacity was increased to 8 passengers
  • A newly redesigned remote for keyless entry was introduced to further distinguish it from the Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Denali siblings.


  • The gauges were updated
  • Bluetooth hands-free interface was made standard.
  • A power tilt steering wheel was made standard.
  • Driver and passenger headrests were updated and no longer able to be tilted.
  • The Satellite Navigation System (optional) now added instant traffic updates and rerouting options.
  • Side Zone Blind Spot Alert was made standard.
  • GM's Magnetic Ride Control (MRC, or "MagneRide") was made standard on all models.


  • General Motors badges were dropped on the doors.[10]
  • AFM was added(Active Fuel Management)
  • USB Port was added to the center console
  • Revised front airbag and door


  • 2nd row headrests made larger and no longer adjustable.


  • GM facelifted the Cadillac Escalade Premium trim with a revised front fascia heavily based on the Platinum front fascia, deleting the chrome from the grille, door handles, and 22" rims. General Motors also updated the Premium trim tail lamps to "clear-outs LED tail lamps" and dual exhaust chrome exhaust tips, as seen on the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Platinum model.
  • Reverse Camera Guide lines added to Navigation system


  • Silver Coast Metallic and Sapphire Blue Metallic were added as new color trims, along with a revised grade braking performance.


  • A new color, Midnight Plum Metallic, was added. This is the first time that the Escalade will only be available in both standard and ESV brands, as the EXT and Hybrid models were discontinued, and last year for this generation Escalades.[11]

Fourth generation (2015–)

Production 2014 – present
Model years 2015 – present
Assembly Arlington, Texas, U.S.
Minsk, Belarus (2015-)
Designer Bob Boniface (exterior design director)[12]
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine,
rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform GMT K2XX
Related Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Tahoe
GMC Yukon/Yukon XL/GMC Yukon Denali and Yukon Denali XL (2015)
Engine 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 FlexFuel

6-speed GM 6L80 automatic

8-speed GM 8L90 automatic
Wheelbase 116.0 in (2,946 mm)
130.0 in (3,302 mm) (ESV)
Length 202.5 in (5,144 mm)
224.3 in (5,697 mm) (ESV)
Width 80.5 in (2,045 mm)
Height SWB: 74.4 in (1,890 mm)
ESV:74.0 in (1,880 mm)
2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV
2015 Cadillac Escalade at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

On October 7, 2013, Cadillac unveiled the fourth generation Escalade and Escalade ESV at a star-studded event in New York City, just nearly a month after GM unveiled their next-generation SUVs from Chevrolet and GMC. Cadillac began its campaign to promote the Escalade on August 14, 2013,[13] and started posting teasers online on September 23, 2013, with help from photographer Autumn de Wilde, who helped reveal more images ahead of the unveiling.[14] A YouTube page called "Escalade Reveal" was set up to showcase the videos along with the countdown to unveiling. On November 25, 2013, Cadillac began spreading the word of mouth about the 2015 Escalade by placing a front facsimile cutout of the vehicle on display at Sak's Fifth Avenue's New York City flagship store during its annual Christmas promotional campaign, which shows the SUV being frozen in wraps.[15]

Production on The Escalade began in January 2014 at GM's Arlington, Texas assembly plant and went on sale in April 2014 as a 2015 model (with the MRSP starting at around $71,000 for Full Size, $74,000 for ESV), and available in only three trims: Base, Luxury, and Premium.[16][17] International sales are scheduled to start in the Summer of 2014.[18] They are assigned to the GMT K2XX platform as K2XL.

The all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade’s exterior design uses architecture-influenced approaches to take its unmistakable appearance to a new level of sophistication while the brand’s heritage and the powerful appearance of modern urban buildings inspired a bold new interpretation of Cadillac’s vertical light signature. “The 2015 Escalade exterior light signature draws inspiration from a variety of sources, beginning with Cadillac’s heritage of vertical exterior lamps and extending into architecture,” said Exterior Lighting Design Manager Martin Davis.[19]

Details and features

On February 13, 2010, according to a report on, GM had reissued a redesign on the GM fullsize SUV lineup, including the Escalade, for a 2014 release due to increased SUV sales, and was working on its fullsize SUV replacements, which would see a possible change in the Escalade's SUV platform.[20] But in July 2013, a series of spy shots revealed that GM will keep the Escalade a body-on-frame SUV.[21] However, GM is looking at expanding the Escalade brand to the large CUV segment, which would see a vehicle using the Escalade badge sharing the same platform as the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, which is in the planning stages.[22] According to VP Bob Ferguson, Cadillac's first 3-row Escalade CUV could be introduced in 2016.[23] There is also a possibility that GM might export the Escalade to Australia as a Right-hand drive vehicle as part of Cadillac's global expansion, despite GM's decision to shut down its Holden division there in 2017.[24]

The cargo space was reduced from 109.8 in (2,789 mm) to 94.2 in (2,393 mm) on the standard base and from 137.5 in (3,493 mm) to 120.5 in (3,061 mm) on the ESV in order to allow an additional 1.7 inches of headroom and 45.3 inches of legroom in the front while reducing the third-row legroom space to 24.8 inches from 25.6 inches. GM's 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, good for 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, is the only engine offered, along with a new coil-over front suspension and five-link rear setup, a wider track, variable-assist electric power steering and Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control system with Tour and Sport modes. The interior now boast a hand-crafted design that features cut-and-sewn and wrapped materials, with wood trim options chosen for elegance and authenticity. The dashboard was also updated, and the Cadillac CUE system is added as a standard feature, along with an updated security system.[25]

On December 23, 2013, Cadillac unveiled seven color palettes for the exterior trims on the Escalade: Dark Granite Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, White Diamond Tricoat, Silver Coast Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat and Majestic Plum Metallic, and three colors for the interior: Jet Black with Jet Black Accents, Kona Brown with Jet Black Accents, and Shale with Cocoa Accents.[26]

On August 11, 2014, Cadillac announced that the Escalade lineup will receive an 8-Speed transmission, Surround View camera, and 4G LTE connectivity as part of a mid-year refreshening, which also sees the wreaths on the grille disappear from the Escalade as part of Cadillac's plans to update the logo to emphasize the crest on all of its models.[27]


MY 2016

For the 2016 model year, Cadillac made upgraded changes to the Escalade and Escalade ESV:[28]

  • Four new colors are featured: Gray Silk Metallic, Red Passion Tintcoat, Crystal White Tricoat, Dark Emerald Metallic; both Crystal Red Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat were discontinued
  • Advanced Diagnostics added to the Cadillac Cue System, which also receive upgraded improvements; SD card slot was removed
  • An upgraded Driver Awareness Package that is available only on the Luxury trim
  • IntelliBeam headlamps (Luxury trims only)
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear seat DVD entertainment system, dual independent, LPO
  • Third row comfort guides become a service part
  • A 12″ reconfigurable cluster change to the Normal Black display

Hennessey HPE550

On April 23, 2014,

  • Official Cadillac America Forum
  • Cadillac Escalade website
  • Cadillac Escalade ESV website
  • Cadillac Escalade EXT website
  • Official UK website

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Calendar Year Escalade EXT ESV Total U.S. sales
1998[43] 3,089 3,089
1999 23,897 23,897
2000[44] 23,346 23,346
2001 31,270 546 31,816
2002[45] 36,114 13,494 36 49,644
2003 35,621 11,256 12,866 59,743
2004[46] 36,994 9,638 15,618 62,250
2005 29,876 7,766 13,502 51,144
2006[47] 39,017 7,019 16,170 62,206
2007 36,654 7,967 16,370 60,991
2008[48] 23,947 4,709 11,054 39,710
2009[49] 16,873 2,423 6,588 25,884
2010[50] 16,118 2,082 8,674 26,874
2011[51] 15,079 2,036 8,388 25,503
2012[52] 12,615 1,934 8,083 22,632
2013[53] 12,592 1,972 7,950 22,514
2014[54] 19,482 53 10,987 30,522

U.S. sales

MY15: The Platinum Escalade went on sale in fall of 2014 with a base MSRP at $90k, a price jump to $9k more than the 2014 Escalade Platinum price. The all-new 2015 Platinum Escalade features Cadillac's all-new emblem, more innovations with Nappa, semi-aniline massaging front seats,and either a choice of Tuscan (beige) or Black leather seating surfaces, and the Platinum Escalade comes with every available feature that the Premium trim has, plus: a suede microfiber headliner, its own unique grille and 22" wheels, 7-inch LCD screens in the headrests and a 9-inch screen in the center and an icebox in the center console.

MY12: The Escalade had a mid-cycle refresh on Platinum trim with dual exhaust and more color options including White diamond, which was an optional feature on Base, Luxury and Premium, but the color was standard free of charge on Platinum editions Escalade.

MY09: An Escalade hybrid model was new for 2009.

MY08: Cadillac offered the Platinum Edition on its redesigned Escalade and Escalade ESV models. It includes such features as a unique front fascia and grille, heated and cooled cup holders, limited edition 22" wheels, additional chrome pieces and accents, 2 additional DVD monitors- located in the headrests of each front seat, special hand stitched leathers, real aluminum interior accents, Advanced Magnetic Ride Control system, genuine olive ash and burled walnut wood interior trim, and LED headlamps.

MY04: Cadillac released its first version of the Platinum Escalade. It was only available in the ESV model. It had such features as heated and ventilated Seats (front and back), heated and ventilated cup holders, special 20" wheels, special leathers and interior design, extra labeling and HID headlamps.


The EXT models were discontinued after the 2013 model year along with the Avalanche. According to, The EXT was ranked tenth among the worst selling vehicles in the United States for 2013, with only 1,972 units sold. The designer of the 2015 model year said that it could be open to the possibility of revisiting the idea to bring the EXT back in the future, but there are no plans to do so at this point in time.[42] The Escalade EXT was available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East(Except Israel).

The Escalade EXT (based on the Cadillac Escalade) was created as a direct competitor to the failed Lincoln Blackwood, a pickup truck based on the Ford F-150. It had competed with the Lincoln Mark LT (now discontinued in the United States and Canada), another F-150-based pickup truck that made its debut in 2005. It now competes with the Ford F-150 Platinum, which is still known as the Lincoln Mark LT in Mexico.

The Escalade EXT sport utility truck (released alongside its twin, the Chevrolet Avalanche) was introduced in 2002 from the Cadillac division of General Motors. It features a "Convert-a-Cab" composite pickup bed that can be expanded into the truck's cab through a bottom-hinged door. Like the Avalanche, the EXT has four full-size doors and seating for five. The EXT was only offered with the 6.0 L V8 High Output engine. High-intensity discharge headlights were offered for 2003. The Escalade EXT also appears in the movie, The Matrix Reloaded along with the CTS in product placement ads. All Escalade EXTs are built in Mexico.

Escalade EXT

On May 20, 2014, GM announced that it was recalling 1,402 2015 Escalades and Escalade ESVs due to "an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the (front) passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly could result in a partial deployment of the air bag in the event of a crash." GM also placed a temporary halt on further sales and informed owners not to let passengers sit in the front passenger side seats until they are replaced.[41]


On August 20, 2014, Automotive News and Autoblog began reporting that Cadillac dealers have been waiting three times longer than usual - a month or more - from the time an Escalade leaves the assembly line to when it gets delivered, saying they don't always know where their vehicles are in transit, or when they are set to arrive, upsetting customers who have put down deposits, leading to Cadillac dealerships to reportedly stop taking pre-orders. Even customers who placed orders as far as February 2014 are still waiting for the vehicles according to the dealerships' owners. Cadillac blames the delays on two weeks of "dwell time," citing "a lengthy quality-assurance process on some interior parts" that caused the lag, as well as additional issues with figuring out which vehicles should be delivered first. Despite the setback, Cadillac does plan to correct the issues with adding more employees and speed up production at the Arlington plant.[40]

For 2015, Cadillac is rumored to add a twin-turbo V6 package offering, like CTS and XTS (V-sport), the Escalade may receive the same offering, but will keep the V8 engine as an option, unlike the Lincoln Motor Company new 2015 Navigator. GM recently hired Infiniti's Johan de Nysschen to serve as Cadillac president and help revitalize the brand. June (2014) shipments showed Cadillac down a few percent for the year, however the Escalade was among the biggest winners with a 74-percent sales jump, and was one of Cadillac's best sellers the following July. As of March 2015, both standard and ESV Escalades have contributed to massive sales with the full size Escalade seeing a 117% increase and the ESV soaring to 114% overall.[39]

The reviews for the fourth generation Escalade's redesign has been met with positive results from automotive critics. USA Today's James R. Healey and Fred Meier noted that "The once-unthinkable big Cadillac SUV has become indispensable."[32] CNET's Antuan Goodwin notes that "Fans of the Escalade will appreciate the automaker's sticking with the original message and not "ruining" its former flagship, but if you already think the giant luxury SUV is a relic of the past, there's nothing in the 2015 Escalade that will convince you that it's anything but an old dog that's learned a few cool new tricks."[33] Carscoops noted that "It may have impressed us more if a) it had shown the Escalade first instead of last, after the Chevrolet and GMC models or b) if the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL simply did not exist…" and added that Cadillac has won their attention with the redesign.[34] Scott Burgess of Motor Trend summed up the redesign in its headline, saying its "It's bigger, it's bolder and it's more beautiful."[35] Bill Visnic of Edmunds concluded in his review that "With subtle, new sheet metal refreshingly free of styling gimmicks, Cadillac's looking to the 2015 Escalade's all-new and upgraded interior to help it retain its role as the benchmark of bling SUVs."[36] The vehicle received a positive review by Autoblog contributor Michael Hartley, who took a road trip with a standard 4WD full size trim from Los Angeles to Monterey, California. Although Hartley was skeptical at first, he came away impressed: "A 600-mile trip in the Escalade left me convinced that it has the features, build quality and driving dynamics to strike new fear in the segment."[37] Bloomberg News, in its March 27, 2015 review, cited the Escalade as one of the best American-built SUVs ever made, adding that when comparing it to its foreign competitors, "It’s the best we make."[38]

Critical reception

On July 10, 2015, GM announced that it reached a deal with Unison SP ZAO in Minsk, Belarus to build and assemble the Escalade and Escalade ESV for the Russian and CIS markets. This version will be similar to the Russian-built Chevrolet Tahoe, featuring the 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 engine and the Tahoe's semi-CKD assembled designs; the ESV also marked the first time a extended-length base model has been offered in this region. It will be available in 4WD models only and carry a MSRP of 4.34 million Rubles ($76,984 USD) for standard-size and 4.59 million Rubles ($81,383 USD) for ESV.[31]

International Version

On September 8, 2015, Motor Trend reported via a tweet from writer Jonny Lieberman that a Cadillac V engine would be available as a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 with power in excess of 600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. The move would allow customers who usually turn to companies like Hennessey a new option for their supercharger fix.[30]


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