Russians using German parts to improve American products.
The Cadillac Escalade has been the brand's defining model in its luxury range since it first appeared back in 1999, and despite the fact that the first version was a poorly executed luxury version of the GMC Yukon, Cadillac have come leaps and bounds in terms of build quality. The Escalade, which competes with the likes of the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS, can now be considered a true luxury vehicle, especially the 2021 model which gets a complete redesign and new engine choices.
So how do you improve on such an established platform that is recognized the world over for its luxury? Well, you send it to Russia to get modified of course.
Russian company Exobilite has partnered with Cadillac to produce a limited number of ultra-luxury versions of the fourth-generation Escalade, and it will accept any fourth-gen car for this conversion. According to its website, only 77 of these SUVs will be built. The concept revolves around a completely redesigned interior, with the exterior receiving some subtle modifications as well.
Our favorite part of this build is the fact that the interior gets replaced by that of a BMW 7 Series, and according to the builder, the seats, door cards, front panel, armrests floor are upholstered with the same leather used on Rolls-Royce cars. The pillars and headliner are finished off in Alcantara, and sheep wool rugs are found underfoot.
The list of upgrades reads like the list of features you'd find on a multi-million dollar yacht: you get stuff like a three-layer thermal 8mm windshield with armor coating, upgraded six-piston brakes, and original 7 Series front seats with massage, ventilation, heating, lumbar, side and knee support. Lots of time was spent on making the interior as refined as possible, so Exobilite fitted an inter-salon partition, double soundproof double-glazed windows, as well as full wind and vibration canceling insulation and two-sided light-proof curtains on the doors of the second-row.
The list of optional extras is just as impressive: Exobilite gives you the option of adding a Nespresso coffee machine, a karaoke machine, and even a carbon-ceramic braking system. The list goes on, but you get the point. Pricing for one of these beauties is a lofty $98,236 excluding the price of the actual car. With all the options added, you're looking at a price of $117,564. These Russians set out to build the most insanely luxurious Escalades, and they seem to be getting it right.