In the expansive world of large SUVs, there is one in particular that reigns supreme in my opinion. The Cadillac Escalade has been regarded as a dream vehicle, been the lyric of a rap song or few, and continues to set the luxury standard for large trucks. Now in its fourth generation, it’s hard to believe the massive sport utility truck has been in production for nearly two decades. And now, the newly reinvented Cadillac brand promises that the latest Escalade is sure to be the best yet.
It took General Motors several years to differentiate its products among its respective brand portfolios, and the new Escalade is a prime example of how well it can be done. Closely related to the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the new Escalade attempts—and succeeds, to create an even more upscale feel, drive, and appearance. Cadillac delivered the Platinum variant, denoted with a “P” on the rear, that gives an even more exclusive distinction to the conventional Escalade.
The Platinum nomenclature gives buyers an exceptional list of standard features that best the already well equipped conventional model. On the exterior, a unique upper grill gives off a classier appearance, while stunning 22″ 9-spoke wheels are painted with chrome inserts. Yet, the interior promises passengers the lap of luxury with semi-aniline leather seats and massagers up front, a stunning leather wrapped instrument panel and doors with alcantara suede inserts on both, and unique exotic wood used throughout. A truly impressive collection of equipment.
And, driving the Escalade is just as impressive as staring at it; or enjoying any of it Platinum amenities. Magnetic suspension contributes to smooth feedback on just about any surface, while electronic power steering allows for outstanding maneuvering at all speeds for such a hefty vehicle. A naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 delivers 420 horsepower through a 8-speed transmission. The powerplant contributes to a rush of performance after tapping the gas pedal, but also an all-American deep and throaty exhaust note.
With little to no competition, the all-new Escalade not only dominates the segment, but also remains a key seller, and one of the most profitable for the General Motors portfolio. The new generation Escalade promises to reestablish the luxury standard for what a large luxury SUV should be. A stylish, grand luxury offering that combines luxury, style, and a new level of status. For more information on the Escalade Platinum, please visit cadillac.com.