2017 Cadillac Escalade Review, Price

Since its debut in 1999, the Escalade has established a
dedicated fan base and two decades later the model is still
going strong. The Escalade is targeted to those buyers who look
for a bold styling and real muscle underneath the hood of their
SUVs. Read along to find out what Cadillac is offering in the
new Escalade.

2017 Cadillac Escalade - front

2017 Cadillac Escalade – Exterior Body Styles and Interior
Changes

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade will be offered in four trim levels
which are the Base, Luxury, Premium and the top Platinum trim.
The ESV Platinum and the upcoming V Series are reviewed
separately. The 2017 Cadillac Escalade won’t be so different
from the 2016 model on the exterior front. The new model only
features subtle visual upgrades from the outgoing
model. Standard features on the Base trim will include a
redesigned grille flanked by automatic LED head lights. The
front bumper is also redesigned and is integrated with new fog
lights. The bumper also features bigger air intakes to pass
more cooling air to the engine. At the rear, the vehicle
features a hands free lift-gate, a redesigned exhaust system, a
redesigned bumper and sleek LED tail lights. The Escalade
2017 rides on 20-inch chrome wheels. Overall, the
body is made with lightweight materials which help reduce its
curb weight and thus.

Interior:

The cabin of 2017 Cadillac Escalade as you would expect is
handsomely equipped. It features three rows of seats which
accommodate a maximum of 7 passengers. The 2nd-row seats are
captain chairs while the third row of seats can be folded to
expand cargo space when needed. The new model comes with an
extended wheelbase meaning all passengers will enjoy ample leg
room. The seats are upholstered in premium leather. For a
tranquil ambiance, the cabin is hooked up with a striking black
trim. Standard features on the base model include a
tri-zone automatic climate control system, keyless ignition, a
tilt-and telescoping steering wheel and an auto dimming
driver’s side mirror. For connectivity, the Escalade offers 4 G
LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 USB ports, a GPS system, wireless
Bluetooth connectivity and Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system.
For entertainment, the SUV packs a 16-speaker Bose audio
system. The top-of-the-range platinum trim adds a
ventilated center console, heated and ventilated front seats
which are 14-way power adjustable. It also features a rear
entertainment system, a message function on the front seats and
unique door sills.

2017 Cadillac Escalade - interior

2017 Cadillac Escalade – Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the base engine remains unchanged. The 6.2 L
V8 engine produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of
torque. The most notable update is that the engine will be
mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission system. The
system will send power to both the front and rear wheels. As
for fuel economy, EPA ratings are not yet out but the automaker
reckons that it will retain the outgoing model’s figures. The
RWD models will return 15 mpg city, 22 mpg on highway and 17
mpg on combined drives. Models with AWD on the other hand will
return 15 mpg in city, 21 mpg on highway and 17 mpg on combined
drives. This engine will power the SUV to run from 0-60 mph in
6.1 seconds. There is also talk of another more potent
engine. This engine will be offered on a new Escalade V model.
The unit is a supercharged 6.2 L T4 V8 which powers the
Corvette Z06 and CTS-V. The engine is expected to produce
around 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. At this level, the 2017
Cadillac Escalade will be the most powerful SUV in the US. All
Cadillac Escalade 2017 models will get a Magnetic Ride Control
suspension.

2017 Cadillac Escalade - rear

2017 Cadillac Escalade – Price, Release Date
and Competition

Cadillac is yet to reveal information on official prices of the
2017 Cadillac Escalade. Since it is largely a carryover model,
pricing won’t vary much from that of the 2016 models. The
outgoing model base trim has a starting price of $ 73,965 while
the top-of-the-range AWD Platinum trim sells at $ 92,945.
Expect the new model’s prices to remain almost similar. Expect
the 2017 Cadillac Escalade to hit dealer showrooms in the last
quarter of 2016 or in early 2017. Top rivals of the 2017
Cadillac Escalade will be the likes of Toyota Hilux, Lincoln
Continental, Nissan Navara and Chevrolet Colorado.