2018 Cadillac Escalade

The Cadillac Escalade was launched in 1999 as a response to the continued upsurge in the SUV market, and the move by other luxury marques into the market. Mercedes-Benz introduced their M-Class in 1997, Lincoln introduced its navigator in 1998, and BMW introduced its X5 in 1999, the same year. The first generation was just a rebadged Yukon Denali, but the second generation arrived in 2002, and Cadillac hit its stride, riding out the boom years of the early 2000s. In 2006, the model's most successful year, Cadillac sold an impressive 39,017 Escalades.

The Escalade is still reasonably popular today, and in 2016, the company sold 23,604 of them. Changes for 2017 are fairly minimal, with the most significant being a new 10 speed automatic transmission that has a wider 7.39 gear spread, and improved efficiency by allowing the engine to run at a lower engine speed. Cadillac claims a 5% improvement in efficiency over the early 8-speed automatic, and allows for a EPA estimate of 23 mpg on the highway in 2WD.

The Escalade is powered by a 6.2 liter V8 producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-60 mph time of about 6 seconds. Other features include a six-piston Brembo brake system with Duralife brake rotors, and Magnetic Ride Control, which Cadillac bills as the world's fastest reacting suspension system.

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Price Production Weight
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Engine Aspiration Torque
6.2 liter V8 natural 460 ft-lb
Power Power/Volume Power/Weight
420 HP 67.7 HP/Liter --
Top Speed 0-62 mph Range
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Price Production Weight Engine Aspiration Torque
-- -- -- 6.2 liter V8 natural 460 ft-lb
Power Power/Volume Power/Weight Range 0-62 mph Top Speed
420 HP 67.7 HP/Liter -- -- -- --
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