FAQs—Cadillac Escalade ESV
Is it even possible to create an upgraded version of the Cadillac Escalade?
As hefty as the Cadillac Escalade already is, the company managed to take the idea of a full-size SUV in 2001 and upsize it. The Cadillac Escalade ESV offers morepower under the hood, passenger room, and cargo space than its predecessor. Not simply a Suburban playing dress up, the Cadillac Escalade ESV is easily a genuine status symbol—an icon of living well and living large.
Would taking my Cadillac Escalade ESV out onto country roads be a wise thing to do?
Theoretically, the Escalade ESV is prepared to handle the rigors of off-road driving. It's outfitted with a 6.2-liter V8 packing 403 hp and 415 pound-feet of torque, complemented by six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is impressive despite its hefty three-ton presence and rear wheel drive. Bumps and holes in the road are no problem for its stiff boxed frame and coil-spring front suspension.
However, the optional four-wheel drive lacks low-range gearing, making this vehicle more suitable for the urban jungle instead of the real one.
Is there any way to improve my Escalade's fuel economy?
When customers buy a Cadillac Escalade ESV, saving money on fuel is most likely the last thing on their minds. A vehicle that weighs around 6,000 pounds wouldn't get around if it had anything smaller than a V8 that isn't thirsty all the time for precious fuel. Change your point of view instead - you're spending a pretty penny to travel 17 miles to the gallon, but you're getting your money's worth because you're arriving in luxurious style and comfort.
What is the official cargo capacity of my Cadillac Escalade ESV? Will my Cadillac Escalade ESV be able to tow my 30-foot yacht?
With all seats upright, including the third row, there is 38.70 cubic feet of space left. With the third row seats folded or removed, there is a massive 76.50 cubic feet of space to fill. Lastly, with all passenger seats folded, the maximum cargo space is an expansive 120.50 cubic feet, the largest offered by a passenger vehicle.
Based on manufacturer's averages, a 30-foot yacht would weigh in around 12,000 pounds. Unfortunately, the Cadillac Escalade ESV's maximum towing capacity is 8,000 pounds. This job's better left to the professionals.
Am I the only one intimidated by the CUE system?
The Cadillac User Experience (CUE) has been the subject of much criticism over the years. The one comment that seems to surface is the difficulty of use. Critics have complained that drivers are prone to information overload after looking the CUE display for a few minutes. Frankly, we can't blame you—after all, the system does everything from program your music to control vehicle features to find your location on GPS. Our advice would be to study the features you use most often, and not try to master all of them at once. Your owner's manual will come in handy here. Though the learning curve may be on the high side, it's something you will master give enough time.
Cadillac Escalade ESV: Bigger, Broader, Better
The Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV created by General Motors and it’s considered as Cadillac’s first entry to the SUV market. Production of the model started in 1999 to compete with the growing number of competitor SUVs from German, Japanese, as well as other American brands. Initially, the Escalade was a rebadged version of the GMC Denali, but it was restyled and redesigned in 2002 to incorporate Cadillac’s signature art and science theme. In 2003, Cadillac produced the Escalade ESV as a variant of the regular model. The ESV was a bigger and more massive version of the Escalade, and it had an extended wheelbase, a V8 engine, and a Bose sound system. Here’s a quick look at the changes and transformations that the Escalade ESV has undergone since its beginnings up to the present.
2003: Production and release
Production and release of the ESV began in 2003. As a wider and more spacious version of the Escalade, this model offers passengers more room and cargo space, making their drives more comfortable.
2004: Platinum Escalade
In 2004, Cadillac released the Platinum Escalade, which was created under the ESV model. This vehicle was packed with features such as heated and ventilated seats and cup holders. It also spelled luxury with its use of special leather for its interiors, and it was also furnished with HID headlights. In 2008, another Platinum edition resurfaced under both the Escalade and Escalade ESV models. This edition had a unique front fascia and grille, limited edition 22-inch wheels, chrome and aluminum accents, and DVD monitors at the headrests of the front seats. It was also furnished with special hand-stitched leather, an Advanced Magnetic Ride Control system, LED headlights, and a one-of-a-kind interior trim.
2006: The new GMT900 platform
In 2006, the Cadillac Escalade served as the official vehicle of the Super Bowl XL. In fact, the MVP during that year, Hines Ward, was even given one of the first ever Escalades produced under the new GMT900 platform. The third generation of Escalades was introduced to the market the following year in 2007, and this included a stretched and newly designed versions of both the ESV and EXT sport utility truck.
2013: The present Escalades
The fourth generation of the Escalade and Escalade ESV were unveiled in New York last October 2013. This was done only a month after Chevrolet and GMC both introduced their next generation of SUVs. Promotion of the new Escalade began with several teaser posters circulating online and these photos were captured by American photographer Autumn de Wilde. General Motors also put up a Youtube page called “Escalade Reveal” where videos counting down the release of the new Escalades were posted. The production of the new vehicles began in January 2014 in the Arlington, Texas assembly plant and it was sold beginning April of the same year.