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About Cadillac Escalade

Although the Cadillac Escalade wasn’t the first luxury SUV sold in the U.S. market, it was the first light truck in the history of the Cadillac brand. Early versions drew plenty of criticism, but in retrospect, the Escalade deserves much credit for being the vehicle that transformed Cadillac’s image from traditional and geriatric to youthful and flamboyant.

Much of the Cadillac Escalade’s appeal is rooted in its over-the-top attitude. Generously proportioned inside and out, this sport-utility vehicle has a bold and angular face, exaggerated wreath-and-crest badging and chrome trim everywhere you look. There’s no subtlety under the hood either, as the current truck’s 6.2-liter V8 delivers an imposing exhaust rumble.

Although quicker than many competitors, the Escalade often falls behind in refinement, from its handling dynamics to its build and materials quality. Cadillac has taken steps to address these shortcomings on the third-generation model, but there’s no question the Escalade is primarily for buyers who like their SUVs large, brash and unapologetically American.

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The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size SUV that seats seven people with standard second-row captain’s chairs and eight with the optional second-row bench. The extended-length Escalade ESV, the quasi-pickup truck Escalade EXT and gasoline-electric Escalade Hybrid are reviewed separately.

Every regular Escalade comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 that delivers 403 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, providing relatively brisk acceleration in virtually any situation. A six-speed automatic transmission handles the gearchanges and even offers a manual-shift mode for those drivers willing to press a pair of buttons on the Escalade’s old-fashioned column shifter. The transmission routes power to the rear wheels on two-wheel-drive models or all four on all-wheel-drive models.

Inside, the Escalade presents a much nicer environment than its mechanical near-twins from Chevrolet and GMC. There is an abundance of equipment even on the base model, with items like heated first- and second-row seats, navigation and a Bose surround-sound audio system included as standard. The Luxury, Premium and Platinum trims pile on the niceties even further, but most are styling and trim elements. Despite its features list, the aging Escalade doesn’t have the same look and feel as other luxury SUVs.

Construction and the materials used just aren’t as nice, even if leather and wood trim is included.

In reviews, we’ve found that the Escalade certainly delivers the pomp and power one expects from this increasingly iconic nameplate. However, there are significant practical drawbacks. First of all, the third-row seat is cramped and uncomfortable for the middle passenger and must be physically removed should you need extra cargo space. The third-row seats of competing vehicles fold neatly into the floor.

The Escalade is also unwieldy on tighter roads, suffers from lackluster brakes and is very thirsty. There’s also its perennial placement atop the list of most-stolen vehicles. In light of all this, we’d consider one of the many other full-size luxury SUVs as well.

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When the latest (third) generation of the Cadillac Escalade debuted for the 2007 model year, it was the most modern and luxurious version of this full-size SUV to date. A stiff, fully boxed frame and a coil-spring front suspension provide a smoother ride than in years past, and handling is more controlled and predictable. As with the previous generation, there’s no option to get four-wheel drive with low-range gearing, as Cadillac has equipped the Escalade for duty in the urban jungle rather than the one with tigers.

Unlike previous generations, the third-gen Escalade no longer feels like a hastily reupholstered Chevy Tahoe.

Since its introduction, changes have been light and related mostly to new standard and optional features. The following year saw the introduction of the plush Platinum Edition while 2009 brought E85 fuel capability and available high-tech features such as a blind-spot warning system, LED headlights, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. The ’10 Escalade received cylinder-deactivation technology; those models produced earlier achieve 1 fewer mpg.

That year also saw the addition of new front side-impact airbags, a strengthened door design and a new USB connection for portable audio devices.

The second-generation Escalade was sold from 2002-’06. This is the model that restored Cadillac’s reputation with younger buyers, as it was the first application of the company’s showy Art and Science design language. This Escalade had a 345-hp, 6.0-liter V8 that made it one of the most potent sport-utility vehicles on the road. It also handled better than one would typically expect of a vehicle this size.

The cabin had a somewhat cut-rate feel, but between all the soft leather and wood appliqu s, many buyers found this easy to overlook.

No Escalade was offered during the 2001 model year, but the original version was on sale for 1999 and 2000. This Escalade was a rush job, as Cadillac needed something to fend off Lincoln’s Navigator while working on the 2002 model. Aside from its Cadillac badges, upgraded leather and Zebrano wood, there was nothing to distinguish the original Escalade from GM’s lower-line SUVs.

Acceleration, braking and handling are sub par on this model, and we’d advise you to avoid it.

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Facelifted Cadillac ATS spied completely uncovered

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:30:00 EST

The Cadillac ATS makes for a pretty svelte little coupe, and General Motors appears to know it, because multiple, completely undisguised prototype sedans have been spotted testing wearing what look like many of the forthcoming coupe’s body parts.

Not only does it wear at least the outline of the brand’s new, broader crest, it has the same front air dam with continuous chrome strip found on the coupe. The only real difference is that it has the somewhat taller side view mirrors from the sedan, rather than the narrower, longer ones from the coupe. Around back, the changes are harder to spot because the test car is outfitted with an unpainted lower bumper.

However, it seems to lack the chrome strip that offsets the lower portion of the coupe from the sedan.

Cadillac CTS-V spotted with big exhaust, new grille?

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:27:00 EST

If you thought Cadillac was content to leave its twin-turbocharged Vsport as the range-topping CTS, think again. Behold, our first good glimpse at the next-generation Cadillac CTS-V sedan, sporting more aggressive styling (somewhere under there), meaty quad-exhaust pipes, and what very well could be a new face for the V-badged Caddies.

Creating an all-new grille design seems like an awful lot of work just for a prototype, so it’s very possible that the vertical-bar treatment you see here could make its way into production. Our spy photographers have pointed out that they’ve seen this same sort of grille treatment on prototypes for the smaller ATS-V sedan, and we’ve heard V-series models may soon have greater differentiation from the standard vehicles that sired them — that seems especially necessary if Cadillac insists on expanding this whole Vsport range.

Regardless of how its front end looks, the CTS-V ought to be a real monster. Industry sources say we can expect to see a supercharged version of General Motors’ 6.2-liter V8 under the Caddy’s hood, and considering the current car already makes 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a decent increase in both of those numbers. After all, one of the CTS-V’s main competitors, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, is currently putting out 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

Could this mean a 600-hp Cadillac is on the horizon?

J.D. Power study sees new car dependability problems increase for first time since 1998

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:31:00 EST

For the first time since 1998, J.D. Power and Associates says its data shows that the average number of problems per 100 cars has increased. The finding is the result of the firm’s much-touted annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which charts incidents of problems in new vehicle purchases over three years from 41,000 respondents.

Looking at first-owner cars from the 2011 model year, the study found an average of 133 problems per 100 cars (PP100, for short), up 6 percent from 126 PP100 in last year’s study, which covered 2010 model-year vehicles. Disturbingly, the bulk of the increase is being attributed to engine and transmission problems, with a 6 PP100 boost.

Interestingly, JDP notes that the decline in quality is particularly acute for vehicles with four-cylinder engines, where problem levels increase by nearly 10 PP100. Its findings also noticed that large diesel engines also tended to be more problematic than most five- and six-cylinder engines.

Cadillac developing stretched ATS-L just for China

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:04:00 EST

To luxury automakers, long-wheelbase sedans are to China that crossovers and SUVs are to the US, so it isn’t all that surprising any more when the latest sedan gets an extra couple of inches between the wheels to improve rear-seat comfort. According to Car News China, the next sedan to get the stretch will be the Cadillac ATS, which will increase the wheelbase by 10 centimeters (about four inches) to become the ATS-L.

Designed to go up against rivals like the BMW 335Li and the added-length Mercedes C-Class, the ATS-L will reportedly be built locally in China with an engine list that will grow as well. Currently, only the 2.0-liter turbo engine is offered in the ATS in China, but the ATS-L will get the full spectrum of ATS engines including the base 2.5-liter and the peppier 3.6-liter V6. This isn’t the first time Cadillac has offered a China-specific stretched sedan either as the SLS dates back to 2006.

2015 Cadillac Escalade on sale in April priced at $71,695*

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:30:00 EST

With the fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade set to go on sale in April, Cadillac has released the pricing data for its fullsize luxury SUV. While there’s no retail configurator yet, the data posted on AOL Autos — and confirmed by Cadillac — shows that the 2015 Escalade will have a starting price of $71,695 (*not including $995 for destination).

This new starting price is about $8,000 more than the outgoing model, but Cadillac is quick to point out that the latest ‘Slade is packed with more standard equipment in the new base Standard trim that actually puts it more on par with the midlevel Premium trim on the 2014 model (currently priced at $73,245). These new standard features include Magnetic Ride Control, LED headlights and taillights and 20-inch wheels.

Stepping up to the 2015 Escalade Luxury, the price increases to $75,695 and includes added equipment like 22-inch wheels, head-up display, power fold-and-tumble second-row seats and safety systems such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The top-rung 2015 Escalade Premium will start at $80,195 adding features such as a rear-seat entertainment system, illuminated exterior door handles and the Driver Assist Package consisting of front and rear automatic braking and adaptive cruise control.

Cadillac Elmiraj sedan RWD flagship finally caught testing

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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:40:00 EST

While we still have no insight as to it being named Elmiraj, STS or some other permutation of the -TS nomenclature (LTS has apparently been registered by GM, as well), new spy shots give us proof positive that Cadillac is indeed hard at work on a rear-wheel-drive flagship model. Spied for the very first time in some north country testing, these shots provide a first look at the upcoming range-topper from Cadillac.

Impressively long and large bodywork ride atop new General Motors’ corporate Omega rear-drive architecture here. Heavy cladding over camouflage may discourage finding any details, but the overall, sharp-edged and blocky design is clearly reminiscent of what we’ve seen on the new CTS and the recently debuted ATS coupe. A strong, wheels-at-each-corner stance helps emphasize the length of this stretched Caddy, and everything about the proportions seem spot-on for a new fullsize flagship for the brand.

It’s quite possible that Cadillac will ultimately festoon this large sedan with detailing reminiscent of the original Elmiraj coupe, though thus far we’ve only seen prototypes wearing four-doors.

Cadillac chief says ATS convertible, wagon on the table

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:29:00 EST

What we do know is that the ATS will wear at least one more bodystyle. That comes from Cadillac head Bob Ferguson, who answered Absolutely when Automotive News asked him about the possibility of another variant. What we don’t know is what that bodystyle or styles will be.

We now have a sedan and coupe ATS, there’s supposedly a V sedan coming. After that, a convertible is a likely option given that the man who just became the global product honcho at General Motors, Mark Reuss, admitted to having one already designed in 2012. The decision on it can’t get out of the underworld and a wagon is the other option, but the droptop would seem to make the most sense if one considers the competitive set: the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 convertibles are hot property and Mercedes is bringing a C-Class convertible. Meanwhile wagons are the sentimental utility vehicles that, refusing to …, seem forever destined for life support.

CTS Sport Wagon, anyone?

Based on Ferguson’s statements, it appears that what Cadillac definitely won’t do is play model variant catch-up with the European luxury brands it has spent years hunting down, telling Automotive News, We want to keep our focus on a limited number of vehicles and do them very well.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe prepares to fight BMW 4 Series

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:58:00 EST

Cadillac introduced its new ATS Coupe at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show today, bringing customers an alternative to the growing range of sport luxury coupes typified by the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.

The ATS Coupe, as a slightly more premium offering, ditches the wheezy 2.5-liter engine found in the basic ATS Sedan, but retains the four-door’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6. That four-pot turbo benefits from a fettling that has increased torque from 260 pound-feet to 295, although its peak is only available from 3,000 rpm to 4,600 rpm, unlike in the sedan, where peak twist arrives at just 1,700 rpm and sticks around until 5,500 rpm.


Power can be channeled to either the rear or all four wheels by the owner’s choice of a Tremec six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. According to Cadillac, the new Coupe can get to 60 in 5.6 seconds when fitted with the 2.0-liter turbo.

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe favors cleanliness over radical lines

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:02:00 EST

Though you might not know it from looking at vehicles like the XTS and Escalade, if you take a broader look at history, you’ll see that Cadillac models have gotten a lot smaller from the tail-finned highway cruisers of old. At least when it comes to coupes, anyway. The Eldorado, in particular, kept getting smaller until it disappeared, its place taken in recent years by decidedly more compact XLR, CTS Coupe and ELR hybrid.

What you see here, however, is Cadillac’s smallest coupe yet.

Revealed today at the Detroit Auto Show is the new 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe, the brand’s first compact two-door coupe, and the first production car to wear the brand’s all-new crest. It shares the same platform and wheelbase as the existing ATS sedan, but packs a wider track and unique bodywork that’s decidedly more conservative and less unique in its angular styling than the CTS Coupe that it’s likely to ultimately displace in the Cadillac lineup. Styling aside, the all-American luxury marque has engineered the ATS Coupe with a focus on reducing weight to the benefit of both performance and fuel economy, giving it near 50/50 weight balance front to rear with underbody aerodynamic elements helping it cheat the wind.

Buyers will be able to choose between two engines: a 2.0-liter turbo four and a 3.6-liter V6.

Former Cadillac boss Butler takes Ford tech job

When Don Butler made the surprising decision to leave his post as Cadillac’s VP of global strategic development, it was a surprise. Citing a desire to recalibrate, reassess my priorities in that August announcement, it wasn’t entirely clear where Butler — a virtual General Motors lifer after spending nearly 30 years with the company — would end up. Turns out he took a trip to Dearborn.

Butler has taken a position in the newly created position of Executive Director of Connected Vehicles and Services at Ford, where he’ll be responsible for the Blue Oval’s global connectivity strategy. Not only does Don understand the connected car landscape, but probably just as important, he understands customer expectations, said Raj Nair, who, as Group Vice President of Global Product Development, is Butler’s new boss. Having a leader with technology experience both inside and outside the industry is a rare combination — we’re excited to have Don join our team.

As Ford has received its fair share of flak for the sometimes recalcitrant MyFord Touch infotainment system and its Sync voice-controls, it appears that Butler has his work cut out for him.

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