Since its debut in 1999, the Escalade has established a dedicated fan base and two decades later the model is still going strong. The Escalade is targeted to those buyers who look for a bold styling and real muscle underneath the hood of their SUVs. Read along to find out what Cadillac is offering in the new Escalade.
2017 Cadillac Escalade – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
The 2017 Cadillac Escalade will be offered in four trim levels which are the Base, Luxury, Premium and the top Platinum trim. The ESV Platinum and the upcoming V Series are reviewed separately. The 2017 Cadillac Escalade won’t be so different from the 2016 model on the exterior front. The new model only features subtle visual upgrades from the outgoing model. Standard features on the Base trim will include a redesigned grille flanked by automatic LED head lights. The front bumper is also redesigned and is integrated with new fog lights. The bumper also features bigger air intakes to pass more cooling air to the engine. At the rear, the vehicle features a hands free lift-gate, a redesigned exhaust system, a redesigned bumper and sleek LED tail lights. The Escalade 2017 rides on 20-inch chrome wheels. Overall, the body is made with lightweight materials which help reduce its curb weight and thus.
The cabin of 2017 Cadillac Escalade as you would expect is handsomely equipped. It features three rows of seats which accommodate a maximum of 7 passengers. The 2nd-row seats are captain chairs while the third row of seats can be folded to expand cargo space when needed. The new model comes with an extended wheelbase meaning all passengers will enjoy ample leg room. The seats are upholstered in premium leather. For a tranquil ambiance, the cabin is hooked up with a striking black trim. Standard features on the base model include a tri-zone automatic climate control system, keyless ignition, a tilt-and telescoping steering wheel and an auto dimming driver’s side mirror. For connectivity, the Escalade offers 4 G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 USB ports, a GPS system, wireless Bluetooth connectivity and Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system. For entertainment, the SUV packs a 16-speaker Bose audio system. The top-of-the-range platinum trim adds a ventilated center console, heated and ventilated front seats which are 14-way power adjustable. It also features a rear entertainment system, a message function on the front seats and unique door sills.
2017 Cadillac Escalade – Engine and Performance
Under the hood, the base engine remains unchanged. The 6.2 L V8 engine produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The most notable update is that the engine will be mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission system. The system will send power to both the front and rear wheels. As for fuel economy, EPA ratings are not yet out but the automaker reckons that it will retain the outgoing model’s figures. The RWD models will return 15 mpg city, 22 mpg on highway and 17 mpg on combined drives. Models with AWD on the other hand will return 15 mpg in city, 21 mpg on highway and 17 mpg on combined drives. This engine will power the SUV to run from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. There is also talk of another more potent engine. This engine will be offered on a new Escalade V model. The unit is a supercharged 6.2 L T4 V8 which powers the Corvette Z06 and CTS-V. The engine is expected to produce around 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. At this level, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade will be the most powerful SUV in the US. All Cadillac Escalade 2017 models will get a Magnetic Ride Control suspension.
2017 Cadillac Escalade – Price, Release Date and Competition
Cadillac is yet to reveal information on official prices of the 2017 Cadillac Escalade. Since it is largely a carryover model, pricing won’t vary much from that of the 2016 models. The outgoing model base trim has a starting price of $ 73,965 while the top-of-the-range AWD Platinum trim sells at $ 92,945. Expect the new model’s prices to remain almost similar. Expect the 2017 Cadillac Escalade to hit dealer showrooms in the last quarter of 2016 or in early 2017. Top rivals of the 2017 Cadillac Escalade will be the likes of Toyota Hilux, Lincoln Continental, Nissan Navara and Chevrolet Colorado.