Size matters and that applies to the Cadillac Escalade more than the majority of other vehicles on the road. It's instantly recognizable as an Escalade, which is perhaps its greatest stylistic achievement, but the details have been smartened up nicely. The headlights, which were inspired by the stunning Escala Concept, are smaller horizontal LED units and they flow into the giant grille. On Luxury/Premium trims, the grille is studded with a chrome finish, while Sport/Sport Platinum versions have a black mesh grille. Lower down are dramatic vertical lighting elements that further emphasize the upright stance. The rear styling hasn't changed too much, although, along the sides, the beltline that kicks up towards the rear is a subtle touch that differentiates this model from its predecessor. All versions ship with a hands-free power liftgate, and a panoramic sunroof comes standard from the Premium Luxury models. 22-inch wheels are standard across the range, and it's saying a lot that they don't look that large since they're surrounded by acres of sheet metal.
Good luck trying to maneuver the new Cadillac Escalade around a crowded parking lot without relying on the available 360-degree camera system. The official dimensions tell the story of the SUV's size, starting with a length of 211.9 inches, which is even longer than the already enormous Lincoln Navigator. Without the mirrors, it is 81.1 inches wide, while the height is a tall 76.7 inches. The wheelbase stretches to 120.9 inches. The stretched Escalade ESV has the same width and is marginally lower (76.4 inches), but it's much longer, with a 134.1-inch wheelbase and a length of 226.9 inches. With such a large footprint, it's no surprise that the Escalade is a heavy beast. With the 6.2-liter V8 engine, the curb weight ranges from 5,635 pounds for the Escalade 2WD to 5,992 lbs for the Escalade ESV in 4WD guise.
|Cadillac Escalade Trims||Luxury||Premium Luxury||Sport||Premium Luxury Platinum||Sport Platinum|
|Max Width||81.1 in.||81.1 in.||81.1 in.||81.1 in.||81.1 in.|
|Length||211.9 in.||211.9 in.||211.9 in.||211.9 in.||211.9 in.|
|Height||76.7 in.||76.7 in.||76.7 in.||76.7 in.||76.7 in.|
|Wheelbase||120.9 in.||120.9 in.||120.9 in.||120.9 in.||120.9 in.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||22" x TBD|
|Rear Wheel Size||22" x TBD|
On all trims, there is a choice of nine colors. It's no surprise that the sinister Dark Raven is the only shade that doesn't cost extra, because is there anything more appropriate (and intimidating) than a black Escalade? If anyone thinks there is, there are more premium colors to choose from. The metallics go for $625 each and include Mahogany, Galactic Gray, Argent Silver, Sandstone, Dark Moon Blue, and Sandstone. At $1,225 each, Radiant Red Tintcoat and Crystal White Tintcoat are also offered. It may be a pricey option, but we think Radiant Red Tintcoat is the best choice.