More Chrome Than a Chroming Factory In The 2018 Cadillac Escalade


Cadillac is strange brand … on the one hand, the average age of its customers is all of a pensionable age, yet the other is full of hip-hop Rockstar wannabees driving around in their ‘lade, giving it large to anyone and everyone. Never has a brand been so diametrically opposed with its customers.

The Cadillac Escalade was originally introduced back in 1999, to all intents and purposes, it was just a rebadged GMC Yukon Denali, and nearly twenty years later, it still shares certain elements with the GMC Acadia and the Buick Enclave.

The latest design has been inspired by the Cadillac CT6 and it seems that Cadillac won’t be changing much for the 2018 Model Year.

Will 2018 Cadillac Escalade Have More Power?

1. Will 2018 Escalade Have More Power?
2. All The Other Bits
3. Happening Soon
4. Technology Galore
Although the big Escalade isn’t going to change much, we do know that Caddy are planning on changing a few minor elements, including tweaking the engine to give slightly more power.
The ’18 Escalade will continue using the massive (some may say outdated) 6.2 liter V8, the difference being that Caddy have manged to squeeze out another 25 BHP – there isn’t any mechanical changes, purely remapping the existing fuel strategy.

This would normally lead to a slight increase in fuel consumption, but thanks to the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, it may even gain a little in the MPG department; sources say that it should actually achieve a 2 miles-per-gallon increase – taking up to 19 MPG on average.

As standard, the Escalade comes as rear-wheel drive, but there is an all-wheel drive option, but no matter what the drivetrain layout, the big Escalade can haul up to 8,300 lbs. That’s massive.

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All The Other Bits of the Escalade 2018

As for the rest of it, we will see some minor changes to the design, it will be more of a facelift – different bumpers and headlights mainly – the headlights will be the new LED matrix lights – smaller LED elements making up the complete lighting unit.

We are also guessing that Cadillac will be introducing more chrome, both inside and out. It seems that no matter what the customer demographic, they all love a bit of the bling – Caddy play to this extremely well and offer lots of options for blinging up the big Escalade – more chrome than a chrome plating factory!

Happening Soon

We don’t yet know when the new 2018 Cadillac Escalade will be released, some say that we’ll see a pre-production version at one of the larger auto shows around halfway through the year, then a full dealer roll-out toward the end of the year – in the fourth quarter, so that could be October, November or December (although we doubt it will be as late as December).

The current Escalade starts at $73,395. Given that Cadillac haven’t really done anything with the 2018 model, we doubt that prices will increase much – perhaps rising to just under the $74,000 mark at the most. Some sites have even speculated that Cadillac will slightly lower the price to around $72,000, but we doubt that will happen in all honesty.

If you don’t feel like heading down to your local Caddy dealership, you can always build one online. A great idea, but for us, getting to know the local dealer is all part of the ownership – if the local dealer gives nothing but poor service, you are less likely to want to give them your hard-earned money.

Technology Galore

There’s plenty happening on the inside of the Escalade, certainly in the form of technology at least – we don’t know what’s going to be fitted as standard, but we do know that all of these toys will be available in one form or another.

The ‘Lade will have a surround sound audio system with satellite and HD radio, USB ports, power adjustable pedals, a 4-screen information system with navigation (not including the rear seat screens), adaptive cruise control (based on the Tesla autopilot system, but it won’t be fully autonomous), keyless ignition, automatic wipers, front and rear parking system, rear cross traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, a Head’s Up Display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for easier smartphone connectivity.

No doubt there’ll be a few other extras available as well, but the equipment list is looking pretty impressive.

Is the Cadillac Escalade in your dream garage? Or do you think that Cadillac have just got it all wrong? Let us know in the comments.
Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.5
  • Performance4.3
  • Design4.8
  • Features4.9
  • Fuel economy4

Neither the fastest, nor the most fuel-efficient, but undoubtedly the most ritzy SUV on the market might receive only small update for 2018.

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