Cadillac Escalade Platinum ESV 2017

November 28, 2013
Cadillac Escalade Platinum ESV
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum -- 2011 DC.jpg
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 1998–present 2001-present (ESV)2002-2015 (EXT)
Model years 1999-2000, 2002–present
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury sport utility vehicle
Related GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe

The Cadillac Escalade ESV is a full-size luxury SUV engineered and manufactured by General Motors and marketed under the Cadillac brand.

It was Cadillac’s first major entry into the popular SUV market. The Cadillac Escalade was introduced for the 1999 model year in response to German and Japanese competitors and to Ford’s 1998 release of the Lincoln Navigator. The Escalade project went into production only ten months after it was approved. The Escalade is built inArlington, Texas.

Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Edition

Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Edition

The name Escalade refers to a siege warfare tactic of scaling defensive walls or ramparts with the aid of ladders or siege towers.

Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum in red

Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum in red

The 1999 Escalade was identical to the 1999 GMC Denali, but was redesigned for the 2002 model year to make its appearance fall more in line with Cadillac’s “art and science” design theme. Escalade production went on hiatus for the 2001 model year. The Cadillac Escalade ESV (based on the Chevrolet Suburban) and its former sibling the Escalade EXT (based on the Avalanche sport utility truck) were made in Silao, Mexico, before the 2006 redesign; the new Escalade ESV is sourced from Arlington, Texas.

The Cadillac Escalade competes with the Infiniti QX56, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Lexus LX, and Lincoln Navigator.

It’s big, it’s bad, and it is pure luxury.

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV
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Model years 2015
Assembly Arlington, Texas, U.S.
Designer Bob Boniface (exterior design director)
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine,rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform GMTK2XX
Related Chevrolet SuburbanChevrolet TahoeGMC Yukon/Yukon XL/GMC Yukon Denali and Yukon Denali XL (2015)
Engine 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 FlexFuel
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 116.0 in (2,946 mm)130.0 in (3,302 mm) (ESV)
Length 202.5 in (5,144 mm)224.3 in (5,697 mm) (ESV)
Width 80.5 in (2,045 mm)
Height SWB: 74.4 in (1,890 mm)ESV:74.0 in (1,880 mm)

I am talking about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum I am driving this week. I used to own an Escalade and it has a special place in my heart. I admit I often wish I still had one, and especially now that I know they got even better for 2012.

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium

My evaluation vehicle is the ESV, or extended version. This is similar in size to the Chevy Suburban. The ESV will allow you three full rows of seating AND lots of cargo room in the back. It is made in Arlington, Texas.

This 6000-pound behemoth comes with a 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 403-horses and it sounds GREAT. Just cranking it and hearing the exhaust makes your heart go pitter-patter as it rumbles. This beastly engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and with purpose.

New for this year is Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control system, and I could tell the difference immediately. My old one did not have this system and tended to have a harsher ride and handled heavily with a lot of lean when in turns. The shock absorbers react to the road and adjust much faster than regular absorbers. Magnetic suspension can adapt to uneven road surfaces several hundred times per second, in fact, it takes only a few milliseconds to adjust any one of the shock absorbers. I was amazed at the difference this made.

I find the exterior lines to be classic and aggressive, yet have a look of luxury. The 22” chrome wheels just set the whole thing off perfectly and are a good match for the in-your-face massive chrome grill.

2015 Cadillac Escalade interior

2015 Cadillac Escalade interior

The inside is roomy, comfortable, and is reminiscent of being in the furniture department of a high-end luxury store. The Tehama leather is beautiful to the eye and the touch. Legroom is plentiful in the front, center, and even third row seats, which flip over with the push of a button.

Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum engine

Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum engine

The Navigation system, Bose stereo, and all settings are run from an 8” color touchscreen monitor and are simple to operate after just a few minutes. My vehicle for this week has DVD player, power moonroof, heated and cooled seats, and new for 2012 are enhanced security features.

Other great features on this vehicle are rearview camera, power tailgate that opens and closes from inside or on the key fob, blind spot monitoring, remote start, and the front cup holders are heated and cooled.

2015-Cadillac ESV performance remote start

2015-Cadillac ESV performance remote start

I have said it a thousand times, but I am reminded again that there is nothing like a Cadillac Escalade. In a time when America seems to be downsizing, Cadillac Escalade continues to do very well. Drive one and you’ll see why.

What I liked most: The ride quality and interior.

What I would change: Still waiting on the power, fold flat 3rd row seat.

MSRP: $86,145

Fuel Economy: Rated at 13 in town, 18 highway. I am getting better on the highway.

2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum ESV in a few words: Awesome luxury SUV that you’ll never get tired of.

To order your new Cadillac Escalade Platinum ESV rival with a brand new Cadillac 6.2L V8 FFV 6-speed Automatic for only US$21,000.

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