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How excited are you for the new Escalade? As the ultimate luxury SUV, the Escalade is synonymous with extravagant style and success. Nothing else in its class comes close to having the same name-recognition as other Cadillac model names.
While it would be tempting to make changes for the sake of marketing purposes, the Escalade team isn’t messing with perfection. Instead, the new model will feature a few upgrades and will make the most of its award-winning powertrain. Keep reading for all you need to know about the 2020 Cadillac Escalade.
The immediately recognizable Escalade continues to push Cadillac’s Art & Science design language forward. It showcases bold lines and sharp creases. That unmistakable Caddy grille is flanked by vertical headlights and L-shaped fog-lights.
Distinctive Light Blade taillights are a modern throwback to the finned models from the brand’s past. With a full row of LED lights, they project their signature style at night.
20-inch wheels are standard, though 22-inch wheels are available. Also optional are Power Assist Steps, which lower automatically when the door is opened. This makes ingress and egress easier into the full-sized SUV.
Also available is the Escalade ESV, an extended version of the vehicle. This stretched-out version offers more cargo space and a larger fuel tank.
Manufactured in Arlington, TX, the Escalade sits on GM’s K2XL drivetrain. Power comes from a monstrous 6.2L V8 that produces 420-hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. That gives it a towing capacity of 8300 lbs. Continuous Variable Valve Timing, Active Fuel Management, and Direct Injection keep the engine running smoothly and efficiently.
The V8 connects to a 10-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Power is sent to the rear axle, though all-wheel-drive is available. The AWD system offers four selectable modes. They range from full-time four-wheel-drive to automatically adjustable AWD based on driving conditions.
Magnetic Ride Control keeps things smooth, as the suspension reads the road 1000 times-per-second. This system uses a unique setup that can make near-instantaneous adjustments to keep the ride composed.
With a curb-weight nearing 5800-lbs motivated by a large V8, it would be expected that the Escalade would be a fuel hog. However, thanks to a range of technologies, it’s right in line with other SUV’s.
The rear-drive layout is good for 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The AWD version sacrifices 2 mpg on the highway due to the heavier drivetrain.
Along with all the expected safety tech, Cadillac has several advanced features available. Among those are Surround Vision, which offers a 360° view at low speeds and in reverse.
Enhanced Automatic Braking applies the breaks if it detects a potential front-end collision. Should you drift out of your lane, Lane Keep Assist gently nudges the wheel to alert you.
Also available is the Safety Alert Seat. This feature sends vibrations through the seat to notify the driver of potential safety hazards. It’s as effective as an alarm or a warning light, but less intrusive.
A ride the new Escalade is to understand what’s made Cadillac synonymous with luxury. From the stylish finish to the abundance of features, every ride feels like a special occasion
The front seats are supportive but comfortable, accommodating any body size. The middle-row features two captain seats, though a bench is available for families looking to maximize their seating. The optional bench has a 60/40 split should you need to transport large items.
The back-row offers power-folding, making it easy to raise or lower the rear-bench. There’s plenty of interior storage throughout the vehicle. There’s also a large center console that includes an optional refrigerated compartment.
Behind the third-row is enough space to meet most people’s needs, though the ESV offers an extra 24 cubic feet of storage. The extended model also gives 9.7-inches more legroom to the third-row, should that be a concern.
Wood and leather materials make-up the natural textures Cadillac has chosen for the interior. A 16-speaker Bose system makes sure that the music is loud and clear no matter where in the vehicle you sit. And the Rear-Seat Entertainment System keeps passengers entertained on long rides.
Up-front, an 8-inch infotainment system runs the latest version of CUE (Cadillac User Experience) software. The touchscreen offers quick access to audio and navigational controls and system settings. An LTE WIFI Hotspot is included, as well as support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Along with the ESV variant, there are four trim levels available to buyers.
The base model is the Standard, though it shouldn’t be mistaken for a bare-bones version.
The first two rows of seats are leather. The driver and front passenger seats come with heating and cooling. The optional middle-bench is available, and CUE with navigation and wireless charging are included.
Safety features included are Automatic Parking Assist, Front and Rear Park Assist, as well as Surround Vision. The Automatic Handsfree Liftgate is also part of the package.
Next up is the Luxury, which adds a power sunroof, as well as several options for 22-inch wheels. The Sports Package is also available at this level, which swaps out the chrome trim for a Gloss Black finish.
A Head-Up Display is also included. This broadcasts driving data from the instrument cluster onto the windshield.
The Luxury trim level adds to the standard safety features, including Lane Keep Assist and Lane Change Alert. Automatically-adjusting headlights, known as Intellibeam, are also included at this level.
Building off of the Luxury trim, the Premium Luxury adds a suite of driving assists. Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control and Reverse Automatic Braking are included with this trim. Forward Collision Alert is added at the Premium Luxury tier also.
Front Cornering Lamps and illuminated door handles also come with this package.
At the top of the food-chain sits the Platinum line. It bathes the interior in high-quality leather and microsuede, upping the luxury considerably.
The standard seats are swapped for 18-way adjustable massage seats. Semi-aniline leather wraps the front two rows. Premium leather covers the third row, the console, and the instrument panel.
Final Thoughts on the 2020 Cadillac Escalade
Few automobiles have the name-recognition of the Escalade. As the flagship SUV from Cadillac, it’s the American standard for power, style, and finish.
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade meets and exceeds all expectations. From the base model to the highest trim, it’s an unmatched presence wherever it goes.
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