Cadillac Escalade Model History – The First Caddy SUV


Escalade entered the market of SUVs about 18 years ago. Those days its main competitor was Lincoln Navigator. Time has passed and Cadillac Escalade is now a well-known brand name in the world. Before the release of Escalade 2018, let’s find out how did Escalade achieve its success?

First Generation of Escalade

The first era of this vehicle covers 1999 and 2000 years. Those days Escalade was a five-seater SUV. Because of hard competition with Lincoln creators of Escalade didn’t take much time to think about its design and delivered the vehicle to the dealers as quick as possible. The car turned out to be much like Denali but it was of a smaller size than Lincoln Navigator. It had underpinnings inherited from Denali.

This generation had leather materials inside. The car was equipped with Bose surround system, SUVs didn’t have it before. To some extent its gauge cluster resembled Tahoe and Yukon.

That Escalade had V8 Vortec engine of 5.7 litres which produced around 255 horsepower.

Second Generation of Escalade

These models have been released from 2002 to 2006. GMT820 chassis were used those days. It was sold with RWD as standard using 5.3-litre V8 engine. AWD was standard for ESV and EXT variants. They both were based onV8 engine of 6.0 litres. In 2005 these models were equipped with 5.3-litre unit as well.

Other upgrades included headlights of HID type with signal outside mirrors. Plus, pedals were of power-adjustable kind. In 2004 a system to monitor tire pressure was presented. Luxurious Platinum Edition got released in that period boasting chrome wheels of 20 inches. Its seats were heated and colled. Enough chrome was used for the grille as well.

Third Generation of Escalade

It started in 2007 and ended in 2014 when Cadillac moved these SUVs to GMT900. It was strictly AWD vehicle at first but later RWD technologies were added.

As for the engine, it was of 6.2-litres. Once again V8 Vortec was chosen for Escalade. This unit generated 403 horsepower with 417 lb-ft of torque. There was six-speed transmission of 6L80 type used.

Among standard features you could find cruise control, memory system, compass, outside-temperature indicator and more.

In 2008 the Hybrid was released which took 8.2 second to speed up from 0 to 60 MPH. The combination of V8 and electric motors was a bright idea.

Fourth Generation of Escalade

This is the series of vehicles starting from 2015 and stretching up to our days. The cheapest variant cost from $71,000.

The whole body became a bit wider but the cargo space was still reduced. It was made to provide more headroom and legroom. The engine chosen was 6.2-litre EcoTec3 of V8 type. The vehicle produced 420 horsepower with 460 lb-ft of torque. Six-speed transmission of automatic kind came into play. The front suspension was upgraded.

The interior included unique design features, improved dashboard and more modern features. The exterior was offered in seven colors including Radiant Silver Metallic, Silver Coast Metallic, Plum Metallic and others.
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