No other car lives and breathes the idea of stardom quite like the Cadillac Escalade.
This classic SUV has become somewhat of an icon in terms of luxury vehicles over the past twenty years. With a boatload of upscale features and an aesthetic that says “I am holding something or someone important”, there is truly no other vehicle like it on the market.
The Beginnings of Luxury – The Cadillac Escalade
The Cadillac Escalade came about in 1999 to help Cadillac compete with other large SUVs on the market, including the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, the Lincoln Navigator, and the Lexus LX. The name “Escalade” came from the meaning of the war, which refers to a warfare tactic that involves sieging towers with ladders.
Technology Cadillac Escalade
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade sports a mighty V-8 engine with 420 horsepower. It is powered by a ten-speed automatic transmission that helps the car tow up to 8300lbs. While rear-wheel-drive is standard on the Escalade, all-wheel-drive is optional.
The inside is where the magic happens. The top-of-the-line model provides you with massage chair functionality and a split-folding bench seat, as well as an optional refrigerated bin. Each Escalade comes complete with an 8.0” touchscreen infotainment system that utilizes Cadillac’s CUE software. The Escalade also comes with a variety of safety features such as forward-collision warning and blind-spot monitoring.
The Cadillac Escalade Throughout the Years
- First Generation Cadillac Escalade (1999-2000)
The first-generation Cadillac Escalade only supported five passengers and the design was very similar to the GMC Yukon Denali.
- Second Generation Cadillac Escalade (2002-2006)
The second-generation Cadillac Escalade dropped the 5.3L engine altogether and added a 6.0L Vortec V-8 in rear and all-wheel-drive versions. The SUV could now fit eight people.
- Third Generation Cadillac Escalade (2007-2014)
The third-generation Escalade featured an even bigger 6.2L V-8 unit with 402 horsepower. The overall design became far less aerodynamic.
- Fourth Generation Cadillac Escalade (2015-Present)
The fourth-generation Escalade featured the new infotainment system and a 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 engine.
The Cadillac Escalade In the News
In recent Cadillac news, a thief was caught stealing from a Houston construction site before driving off in a Cadillac Escalade. He only got away with a couple of 2x4s.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Cadillac Escalade
You can almost expect that any Cadillac Escalade cruising down the street is holding a celebrity. Some of the top celebrities that drive Cadillac Escalades (or get driven in Cadillac Escalades) include Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, David Beckham, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lopez, and much, much more.
Best Cadillac Escalade Groups
If you are a Cadillac Escalade owner or enthusiast, you must join the Cadillac Owners Club. Here you can find thousands of like-minded Cadillac owners across the board.
The Cadillac Escalade – A Representation of Luxury Status
Having a Cadillac Escalade is probably one of the biggest power moves in the world of automobiles. Not only is it a luxury automobile, but it is also a luxury tank. Cruise up in one of these and you’ve already made yourself known before stepping out the door. Let’s raise a glass of our most expensive champagne to the SUV that breathes status, the Cadillac Escalade.