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Cadillac Escalade: model history, photos, specifications

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Cadillac Escalade: model history, photos, specifications
Cadillac Escalade: model history, photos, specifications

The Cadillac Escalade off-road vehicle combines iconic design, confidence, power and absolute comfort, turning every trip into an event that cannot leave anyone indifferent. The luxury car from the world famous brand is one of the most popular and luxurious SUVs today.

Model history

The first generation of the Cadillac Escalade SUV was launched in 1999. The car was created on the basis of the GMC Yukon Denali model. In an attempt to quickly bring a new SUV to the luxury car market in this class, General Motors failed: the lack of a new design and not the best technical characteristics led to the fact that the production of the first generation Escalade was curtailed already in 2000 due to low demand.

The second generation Cadillac Escalade was demonstrated in 2001. The new version of the SUV was developed on the GMT800 platform. The car has acquired a corporate design, basic rear-wheel drive equipment and an eight-seat interior.

In the state of Texas in 2006 was launchedmass production of the third generation Escalade. A car was created on the GMT900 platform and was offered in a pickup truck and in a long-wheelbase version. The third Cadillac began to be officially sold in Russia, including the hybrid version, but rear-wheel drive modifications were not supplied to our market.

The fourth generation of the Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV was launched in 2014. The car is produced to this day.

cadillac escalade russia
cadillac escalade russia

Impossible to confuse with anything

Each detail of the updated Cadillac Escalade reflects the majestic look of the SUV: LED vertical headlights, chiseled body edges, chrome elements of a massive radiator grille.


  • Improved headlight optics. The Cadillac Escalade LED headlights are based on full-beam high-beam technology, allowing adaptive headlights to produce stable, bright illumination for maximum visibility in all situations;
  • Rear LED optics, made in the shape of a lightsaber. The original shape of the rear lights attracts attention;
  • Hidden rear window wiper. To improve the driver's view and preserve the aesthetics of the Cadillac Escalade body design, the rear wiper is neatly hidden in a special module;
  • LED backlight. Externally illuminated side mirrors, door handles and retractable steps make getting into the car much easier in any level of ambient light.


In the Chevrolet Camaro versus Cadillac Escalade auto battle, the winning option is to increase the size of the Escalade: the bigger the better. Therefore, the wheelbase of the SUV has been increased by 50 centimeters, which allows you to accommodate eight people in the cabin. The luggage space can be increased to 3,400 liters by folding the second and third row of seats. Entry into the Cadillac Escalade is made much easier thanks to larger rear doors.

chevrolet camaro vs cadillac escalade
chevrolet camaro vs cadillac escalade

Luxury interior

The unique Escalade interior was created by the concern's designers by hand with attention to every detail, which gives the driver and passengers an atmosphere of luxury and comfort:

  • Automatic heated seats. The first and second row of seats are equipped with automatic ventilation and heating systems that provide comfort for the driver and each passenger;
  • Power third row seats. Change the interior of the Cadillac Escalade at the touch of a button. The seats of the second and third rows of the SUV are automatically retracted into a flat floor in a few seconds, which allows you to increase the luggage compartment. Free space with the third row seats folded is 2172 liters, with the second row seats - 3424 liters. Adjustment of the position of the seats in space is also carried out using the electric drive.
escalade for russia
escalade for russia


Specially for Russia, Cadillac updated the Escalade SUV,by equipping it with one of the best fuel economy and performance 6.2-liter V8 engines.

The powertrain's 426 horsepower is an incredible leap over the previous generation of engines. For an SUV of this size, high fuel economy is achieved through active fuel management and variable valve timing technology.

  • Updated transmission. The new Cadillac Escalade features an intelligent eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth, fast shifting;
  • Power and rationality. As mentioned, the Escalade is equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 426 horsepower;
  • Adaptive all-wheel drive SUV allows you to quickly adapt to any road conditions. The Stabilitrak dynamic stability system automatically reduces engine speed and activates the braking system when driving on gravel, snowy roads or in the rain.
  • The ability to get out of any situation. Cadillac luxury SUVs are equipped with a special hitch device that allows the Escalade to tow any vehicle weighing up to 3,750 kilograms;
  • Magnetic Ride Control controls the stiffness of the suspension to create the perfect balance for handling and reads the road condition every second. The liquid contains metal particles that react to the magnetic field and adjust the suspension to changing road conditions.
Cadillac Escalade SUV
Cadillac Escalade SUV

Interior Features

  • Triple soundproofed doors, a special windshield and Bose Active Noise Cancellation completely absorb all extraneous noise in the cabin of the Cadillac Escalade. Bose technology is based on capturing unwanted sounds in the car interior and suppressing them by generating oncoming frequency signals.
  • The rearview mirror can be turned into an HD screen with one touch, which displays all the information about the situation behind the car. This innovative solution increases visibility by 300% compared to a conventional mirror. Built-in washer keeps camera optics in perfect condition.
  • Parking an SUV just got a whole lot easier with Automatic Park Assist, which steers the Escalade to help the driver park both perpendicular and parallel. The only thing that is required from the driver is to control the speed of movement.
  • The infotainment system's intuitive interface gives you quick access to most of your phone's features and data. The voice recognition system allows you to control the car without the help of hands, without being distracted from the driving process.
  • Reconfigurable head-up display puts the information the driver needs - speed, navigation, fuel consumption, engine speed - on the windshield of the Escalade.
  • In the center console of the car is a wireless charger that allows you to charge mobile gadgets while driving without numerous wires.
  • Hands-Free function and power tailgate allow you to open the compartment with a simple movement of your foot under the rear bumper of the Cadillac Escalade.
updated cadillac escalade
updated cadillac escalade

Safety is the most important

The body of the Cadillac Escalade is crafted from ultra-strong steel with engineered crumple zones to protect the driver and passengers from injury in the event of an accident.

  • The SUV has seven airbags. Center minimizes the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger in the event of a side collision.
  • Keyless entry allows you to open the driver's door at the touch of a button. You can open the remaining doors of the SUV by pressing the button again within five seconds after the first one. The ability to program the system allows you to lock the car after the owner leaves it.
cadillac escalade SUV
cadillac escalade SUV

Luxury equipment

The top equipment of the Cadillac Escalade - Platinum Escalade - combines all the best achievements of the automotive industry. The luxury of a hand-crafted interior, a unique exterior, unique wood inserts in the cabin, the use of genuine leather for seat upholstery, nine-inch displays integrated into the headrests of the seats, a refrigerator in the center console, thoughtful details - all this raises the luxury and comfort of the Cadillac Escalade to a new level.

  • Handmade interior combines functionality andexclusivity. Every detail of the interior speaks of high craftsmanship: high-quality genuine leather upholstered seats, microfiber-lined doors and ceiling, two types of unique precious woods used for inserts in the interior, not only complement the beauty of the leather trim, but also raise the concept of luxury to a new level.
  • The second-row infotainment system features nine-inch screens and a Blu-ray player with MP3 support and the ability to connect and sync various mobile devices.
  • An 8.3-litre refrigerator is built into the center console to cool your favorite drinks.

Cost of a unique SUV

In Russia, the Cadillac Escalade is offered by the concern's official dealers from 4,990,000 rubles for the basic package. The top version of the Platinum Escalade will cost 7,190,000 rubles.

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