2007 Cadillac Escalade Automobile Magazine

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2007 Cadillac Escalade

Wheels. Audacious, chromed, wheels. You walk up to Cadillac new Escalade and tap the remote to unlock it, and eyes are immediately drawn to the twenty-two-inch wheels.

Those are big.

Big, however, is what people wanted. the Escalade’s success initially almost everyone at General (including Cadillac), the General’s gurus wisely decided to their existing customer for the 2007 model. Countless groups and a few hush-hush, names-not-released previews all revealed the same the people who buy Escalades like but wish they were Escalade-y. A larger, more face.

More chrome. aftermarket-type items available the factory (such as the twenty-two-inch better build quality, and power for the already hefty 6.0-liter V-8. Give us said the privileged masses, and we let you down.

GM listened, and then it delivered. A Escalade-specific, 6.2-liter, aluminum-block V-8 variable valve timing out a healthy 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque-58 hp and 37 more than last it’s mated to a new six-speed with two relatively tall gears that help economy. As for chrome, Cadillac it on thick.

The bigger front the fender portholes, the door and the monstrous wheels practically in the stuff. What’s more, quality finally befits a rather than a warmed-over Tahoe .

Happily, the rest of the echoes that theme. panel gaps are up to 25 percent bumpers are integrated with the sheetmetal for a more cohesive and overall fit and finish are finally with other Cadillacs. the exception of bristly carpet and upper dashboard material, the interior’s soft-touch surfaces and damped switches are a step or two what you’d find in a or a GMC Yukon.

Even the illegible analog permanently cloaked in windshield has a well-crafted appearance.

Like the and the Yukon, the Escalade rides on new GMT900 large-truck platform, and its are both noticeable and welcome. to GM, torsional frame stiffness is up 49 and drag coefficient is down to Overall interior volume is increased, although the side-curtain air and the seating positions somewhat headroom.

The coil-over-damper and control-arm suspension is also new, the live rear axle largely unchanged.

For the most the latest Escalade works dynamically than the last-generation even though it’s 200 pounds heavier. Wind and secondary vibrations are drastically and while some highway still enters the cockpit at speeds, it never becomes There’s more steering through the Escalade-specific rack-and-pinion and there’s newfound feedback the truck is loaded in a corner.

The transmission shifts smoothly regardless of throttle opening, and the disc brakes are adequate-if with an annoyingly touchy feel.

Our test vehicle was with the optional twenty-two-inch package and wore 45-section performance tires. Although precision and overall feel are than with the standard those minor increases worth the trade-off in ride and steering effort. The front and dampers feel as if they’re one or two behind the heavy twenty-twos, and the exaggeration of both body and pavement irregularities isn’t


Neither is the constant high-frequency pitching over seemingly highway surfaces-you tend to watching the heads of other to see if it’s the fault of the Cadillac or the itself.

All that said, the is still entertaining to drive. blessed with one of the best notes in the business, one that and burbles at idle, pops on the and roars appropriately when the is pressed. That monstrous V-8 is the best attribute, and its abundant, thrust almost makes up for any in ride or handling.

In a perfect it would be an option on the order for everything GM builds.

That motivates the 5717-pound Escalade well. The Cadillac ‘s mph time of 6.8 seconds isn’t to sneeze at, and the surprising top-end engine’s still pulling at rpm when the rev-limiter cuts almost giggle-inducing for a beast size. To boot, the Escalade surprisingly well for a 5700-pound, SUV.

It’s surreal, a little and strangely fun.

But ultimately, how the drives isn’t that Most people won’t buy luxo-truck for its road manners. buy it for its looks, for the standard heated and seats, for the available DVD player and 5.1 surround sound, and, for the shiny-bauble aspect.

With its Escalade, Cadillac ventured new territory: the division readily that the 1999 model was of a shot in the dark. Having the brand out of the nation’s retirement and into the hands of the bejeweled and Cadillac wasn’t about to let its success slip away. All but an entirely new demographic, the division did the reasonable thing possible: it after them with it had.

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