Cadillac’s are generally for people who just retired and like golf.  Now the guys at Cadillac are switching things up in a big way.

Completely changing your target market is a very difficult thing to do as a car maker.  From design to branding; to engineering and line development.  But Cadillac seems to be doing a good job of reconfiguring itself to be a younger-person’s luxury brand.

Back in 1999, Cadillac introduced the Escalade.  It was pretty much a rebirth of the GMC Yukon Denali with different badges; Pretty creative stuff.

That similarity and sharing continues into today, where the two cars share a similar exterior and chassis.  Other than that, similarities are scarce.  Which is a good thing;  I don’t want to pay $100,000 for a Yukon.

The Escalade, while a staple of culture in a sense, has been pretty hideous through its life.  There has been hardly anything unique about it until recent generations, and I still have a very difficult time justifying the massive land missile.

The Escalade is in its fourth generation now, and seems to just get taller and wider.

The Exterior-2018 Cadillac Escalade:

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade doesn’t have many changes done to it over the previous model year.  For the 2018 model year, Cadillac introduced a package called the “radiant package”  which pretty much adds some more chrome bits and wheels for $2,600.

You can read more about the 2017 Model here.

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Escalades love to be looked at.  There are a lot more shiny bits dotted all over the big SUV than it really needs, all in the name of luxury(?).  The SUV weighs as much as a full grown hippo, and makes school busses look like crossovers.  It’s just massive.

Now there have been some talks about  there being a possible Escalade EXT coming out as well in 2018, but that won’t be happening.  The EXT for those of you who don’t know, is the Escalade model that was based off of the Chevy Avalanche pick up truck.  If that sounds weird in your head, I’m right there with you.

The rumors of a new Escalade EXT configuration comes on the toes of Mercedes releasing new information about the X-Class.  A Mercedes pickup truck.  But Cadillac had their run with pick-ups, and it was awful.

Pretty much anyone who can buy an Escalade, happens to do so.  It’s part of the SUV’s heritage of “Because I can”.

The Interior: 

The new 2018 Cadillac Escalade interior has some updated features inside to go with the sheer obnoxious attitude of the beast.

When Cadillac released the CUE system, it was clunky, unresponsive and unintuitive.  For the 2018 model year, Cadillac made a whole new system (stilled called CUE though) and it is much, much better.

 

This is a very good thing, because the CUE system was actually pretty distracting for the driver.  Not the best thing in the world when you’re in control of a 6,000 pound V8 powered missile.

Other than a great, reworked CUE system, the 2018 Cadillac Escalade is as Cadillac as you can think.  Alcantara and leather are everywhere in the cabin, lining pretty much every surface that doesn’t have wood inserts.

The size of everything on the inside is larger than life.   When you look back from the driver’s seat, you have to use binoculars to see the third row of seats. That’s an exaggeration, but you get what I mean.

The luxurious school bus seats up to nine passengers, and each occupant gets  loads of goodies to help them enjoy the trip.

Here are some of the goodies I’m talking about: seats that massage you, TV screens, rear seat entertainment, collision monitoring, park assist, adaptive cruise control, driver heads up display, lane-keep assist, heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel, to name a few.

Sitting in this giant cruiser does make you feel like you’re driving a living room.  However that does translate to its ride ability.

To get one fully loaded like I mentioned above, you’re looking at around $90,000-$100,000.

The Performance:

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade just gets more comical here as well.  GM makes a more than capable 3.6 L V6 engine that can produce anywhere from 300-400 horsepower.  That 3.6 L would be perfectly fine inside the Escalade.  But is that the Escalade thing to do?  Nope.

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade comes with a whopping 6.2 L V8, which means a small bit of throttle spins the rear tires on an almost three ton machine.  It makes me laugh when I drive it because it is just excessive in every way.

In shorter terms, its performance impressed me.  I wasn’t expecting that much umph from a small house.

In the future, I see GM switching to a smaller turbocharged engine to replace the beast of a V8.  Just rolling with the times, we could see a 3.0 liter TT or a 3.6 L V6.

The Specs-2018 Cadillac Escalade:

Vehicle Type: SUV
Powertrain: 6.2L V8
Gearbox: 7-speed automatic (est.)
Power: 540 – 600 HP (est.)
MPG: 25 Highway, 15 City (est.)
Torque: 520 – 600 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 189.5 Inches (4.81 Meters) (est.)
Width: 76.5 Inches (1.94 Meters) (est.)
Height: 55.3 Inches (1.4 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 150 MPH (241 KPH) (limited)
Seating: 7-9
Wheelbase: 108.1 Inches (2.74 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 3.9 Sec. – 3.4 (est.)
Base Price: $72,000 (est.)

 

 Sum It Up:           

The immense size and presence of the 2018 Cadillac Escalade is what has made it so legendary over the years.  In the next few years, we should see a new Cadillac Escalade concept to replace the current one.

The release date for the 2018 Cadillac Escalade is set for this fall, and orders are flooding dealerships for their next well-equipped school bus.

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