GMI Drives 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum

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GMI Drives: 2011 Cadillac ESV Platinum

GMI Drives: 2011 Escalade ESV Platinum

$3.00 per gas aside, the Platinum is ironically

December 16, 2010

By: Nick

It isn t often that a vehicle be filled with as much as a short fiction novel, but one may be. As of today the national average price in the United States at $2.984, creeping ever so to the infamous $3.00 per gallon So naturally, GMInsideNews put one of General biggest, most extravagant to the test: the Escalade ESV Platinum.

its negative connotations and stereotypes, we the ESV Platinum to be an over-the-top, extravagant that is simply out of touch modern luxury products. You luxury products like s own SRX crossover. And while we were correct in our assertion, we were at just how well the Escalade in its given purpose.

Add in the Platinum s uncanny panache and it s not to like this excessive

If there is one clear message we away from our time the Platinum, it is that the Escalade is for a specific breed of mankind. that wish to blend in or rock the boat of life not apply for Escalade ownership. and more specifically the Platinum, is status.

Our Infrared tester was on 22-inch chrome wheels a wheel design unique to the model. Naturally the remainder of the wore occasional dredges of trim, from the power boards to the luggage rack. while the exterior package is over the top for most luxury it rests perfectly at the tasteful for the Escalade.

Up front the Platinum of the Escalade wears a unique and headlamp set. Departing the regular Escalade s rather grille setup, the Platinum s is a full insert with far bling than the standard Actually, the grille has a striking to the grille of Cadillac s Sixteen car from several years

We much prefer our tester s versus the run of the mill Escalade.

The was the first production application of LED This very new technology the Platinum unique looking due to the fact that they are of traditional bezels. The high-tech look aside, the functionality of the is questionable.

We didn t find to perform any better than typical high intensity (HID) headlamps. We d also to see GM swap out the incandescent fog lamp in favor of LED s for a cohesive nighttime

Stepping inside the Platinum a more traditional luxury Opening the door permits the running boards that from the side to greet the Once situated inside, are hit with the strong scent of which is very soft and of quality.

Visually the interior features two of real wood trim; walnut and olive ash. The ash portion is connected to the walnut via which woodworking aficionados is a fairly impressive trait. We can that it certainly looks at in an $88,000 vehicle.

Surrounding the of wood trim are massive of real aluminum trim. In the aluminum trim looks but a quick touch reveals a texture that is a bit odd. piloting the Platinum in cold the ice cold aluminum trim on the wheel is butted against the leather rim making for a nice experience.

The rich experience is not reserved for front seat Second row passengers have captain seats, their own controls and, of course, LCD screens for entertainment. Why do two people three TV screens?

Because is an Escalade.

Third class don t fair quite as well as the The leather seating surfaces are downgraded from the first two and there are no climate controls for the air or The third row which seats has to make do with only one LCD screen.

Overall the Escalade Platinum wears the correct materials for its point, though the design and of the switchgear which is the standard in most of GM s full size SUV s are not to the level of an $88,000 vehicle. again, it can be debated as to if interior are even relevant. This is an

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Driving the Platinum is remarkably GM s 6.2-liter Small Block V-8 is the mill for this luxury and the colorful sensory experience it could not be more appropriate for the

The exhaust note is deep and to the point that onlookers turned their heads as the drove by- even when at low speeds. While onlookers the rumbling exhaust note, passengers listen to a full V-8 from the Small Block is close to the perfect V-8 noise. And lays more irony: how mainstream luxury products are so provocative?

That V-8 s provocative soundtrack is not The Escalade Platinum moves brisk authority. It s certainly no vehicle, but its 403 horsepower is more enough for this application.

with GM s smooth 6L80 automatic, it s a terrific drive its mass.

Smooth also the ride quality, mostly to GM s magnetic

suspension that is on Escalade Platinum and keeps 22-inch wheels in check. The shocks read the road of times every second and accordingly, giving the truck-based SUV a smooth ride.

In all, the ESV Platinum is the quintessential Cadillac. It s big, provocative and expensive- not Cadillac s of yesteryear. The Escalade may now be a product of a former trend in the vehicle market, but it is still the

Although it isn t perfect, it performs its purpose so well that it s not to like this big rig. Now if Cadillac could mirror the Platinum s bravado with the of their lineup, the wreath and brand could end up as the Standard of the

once again.

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