Quick history of Cadillac Escalade

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The Cadillac Escalade was the very first attempt of Cadillac’s venture into the SUV department. It’s a full-size luxury SUV made by General Motors. It was in direct competition with Ford’s release of the Lincoln Navigator. GM was so excited about the Cadillac Escalade that it went into production in just 10 months after it was approved. It is being built in Arlington, Texas. The term Escalade is in reference to medieval warefare using siege engines or siege towers when storming a castle.

the original 1999 Cadillac Escalade was a twin of the 1999 GMC Denali. It was redesigned for 2002 so it would go with the “art and science’ design theme that Cadillac was pushing through it’s advertising. It is available in every country except for Israel. The first generation of Escalade was rolled out the years 1999 and 2000. It was only a 5 seat sports utility vehicle at the time and rushed out to compete with the Lincoln Navigator. It was basically a GMC Yukon Denali and looked similar to both the Denali and the Navigator. It had a leather interior and a bose surround sound system which was a first for all SUV’s on the market. The Cadillac Escalade is the 2nd most stolen vehicle in the United States.

The 2nd generation of Escalade was rolled out in 2002 and ran all the way to 2006. Seating was upped to 8 people while rear-wheel drive was standard as was a 5.3 L V8 with all-wheel drive and the special high-output Vortec 6.0 L V8 engine as option. The 3rd generation Escalade came out in 2007. It moved from the GMT900 platform and was combined with GMT900 Silverado/Sierra/Escalade EXT, Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon/Yukon-Denali/Escalade). The 2006 Escalade was the official vehicle of Super Bowl XL and Hines ward was awarded one of the first produced at the time. It used an all-aluminum 6.2L Vortec V8. The pushrod engine has valve timing a first in mass-produced non-overhead cam engine.

The fourth generation of Cadillac Escalade is far an away the very best yet. The redesign drew rave reviews from auto critics everywhere. Cadillac is supposedly going to unveil a twin-turbo V6 package just like the CTS and the XTS. The new Escalades are in such high demand that there have been delays on customers who pre-ordered them. Cadillac does a 2 week long quality check on each and every Escalade released.

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