Few car makers are as iconic as Cadillac. For over a century it has been a mainstay in the American automotive industry and in that time has become the standard of excellence by which all other products are valued (“That’s the ‘Cadillac’ of refrigerators!”). In recent years, Cadillac has seen a brand resurgence thanks to its redesigned fleet of luxury coupes, sedans, and SUVs. Nowhere has this renaissance been more evident than in the reception of its flagship model, the Escalade.
For the 2017 model year, the Escalade is rolling out on either 20″ or 22″ alloy wheels, whichever you prefer, with a full bag of luxurious offerings guaranteed to capture everyone’s attention, including the Joneses. The exterior maintains the iconic Escalade style, while adding a few new features like full LED lighting around head and tail lights as well as the grille’s Cadillac logo.
Of course the interior is where the real luxury bells and whistles are located and the latest model doesn’t skimp on the extras. If you like leather, you’ve come to the right cabin. If you opt for the Platinum trim-line, you’re entering Bentley or Rolls Royce levels of leather upholstery. Whatever trim you choose, lavish materials abound, from the open pore wood trim to the suede and leather encased heated and cooled front driver and passenger seats.
The centerpiece of the interior is the center console, complete with 12.3 inch CUE touch screen filled with every imaginable piece of technology available to modern vehicles, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a high-powered Bose Centerpoint 2.0 audio system, and even a heads-up display that projects onto the windshield for the driver. From daily commutes to cross-country road trips, if the 2017 Escalade doesn’t have it, it doesn’t exist.
If you’re looking for a luxury SUV that moves you, just pop the hood and feast your eyes on the 6.2-liter 420 horsepowered V-8 engine. Toss in the 8-speed automatic transmission and you’ve got a beast of a machine that clocks in at 60 mph right at 6 seconds. When you factor in the 6,000 lbs of a fully equipped Escalade, ‘beast mode’ is an understatement.
Safety is a premium with Cadillac and they certainly didn’t skimp on the safety features with their flagship SUV. Standard safety features include an automatic emergency braking system for the “Luxury” trim level, and a new front-center airbag system designed to protect against side-impact collisions for all trims. You can also toss in optional features like a Driver Awareness package with lane departure warnings and automatic high beams. Simply put, Cadillac has put their money where your family is when it comes to driving safety.
The bottom line is, this is the newest version of the Cadillac Escalade and Ron Carter Cadillac has yours waiting for your test drive. The best research you can do is put the rubber to the road and experience the luxurious accommodations that await you. Stop in today and put yourself in the lap of luxury driving for the New Year and beyond…