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Old 02-06-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default Spied on the Road: The 2014 Cadillac Escalade

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Cadillac's most expensive model series, the Escalade, is getting old and GM knows it. The numbers speak for themselves with the regular Escalade seeing its sales drop by 16.3 percent last year; from 15,079 units in 2011 to 12,615, the long wheelbase ESV by -3.6 percent to 8,083 deliveries and the EXT pickup truck version by -5.0 percent to 1,934 units.
The General isn't sitting with its arms crossed, though, as work on the fourth generation of Cadillac's full-size premium SUV is reaching its end.

Riding on the company's new truck platform that also underpins the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, the next Escalade will boast a more contemporary design both inside and out. It will also feature the latest gadgets from Cadillac's tech bin like the CUE system with an integrated touchscreen.

The large SUV will be offered once again with the option of rear- or all-wheel drive, while power will come from GM's new small-block V8 featuring direct injection and a cylinder deactivation system, which together with a new transmission (possibly an 8sp automatic, though, GM may offer this gearbox at a later stage), will help improve its fuel economy numbers.

We expect to see the new Escalade later this year. For the time being, hop over the jump to see a scoop video of Cadillac's SUV on the road.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:40 PM   #2
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Yay, another stupid land barge ready to be piloted by fat suburban moms.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:27 PM   #3
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Save the ducketts and buy a Tahoe LTZ. . . Or have times changed with the new Escalade?
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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I didn't even know they still sold this. Wasn't one of these GM SUV just axed?
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:42 PM   #5
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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Why the hell does this still exist? It's a friggin' mobile whale and the people who drive them thick they're the best thing in the world. Get a small car and learn how to drive.
What a stupid waste of money.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:01 PM   #7
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:07 PM   #8
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:15 PM   #9
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whats with all the hate?

this thing can probably tow your subie and carry your whole family along in comfort.

its probably the most practical one too compared to others in its class if you're looking for this type of vehicle.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:44 PM   #10
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whats with all the hate?

this thing can probably tow your subie and carry your whole family along in comfort.

its probably the most practical one too compared to others in its class if you're looking for this type of vehicle.

I don't subie, bro.

Every other country in the world can get by just fine without a vehicle of this size, why can't we? 95 percent of the people who own these don't tow ****. They throw their purse in the passenger seat, their 2 and only kids in the back, and drive to Cold Stone. They buy them because they feel safe, and because it's what every other upper middle class white family of 4 buys. The boat dad bought 3 years ago sits in the driveway except for the 2 times a year he convince the family to on an outing with him.

But again, I'm not looking for this type of vehicle, and never will. If I need to pull something, I borrow my friends pick up.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:52 PM   #11
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Guess I will be seeing these showing up in the parking lots of low-income housing complexes shortly.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:00 AM   #12
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I just hope the new models can fit 3 people in the rear seat, and that the rear seat folds flat. Otherwise it will be another Expedition EL in my future. I love my land barge (and my WRX).

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Old 02-07-2013, 11:00 AM   #13
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Meh I guess I just don't really care, but to each their own, I assume Escalade owners would say "why would you want a 4cyl turbo sedan?"

If I need to tow something, I tow something; as long as it's not greater than 1500/2700lbs with T-brakes :-P
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whats with all the hate?

this thing can probably tow your subie and carry your whole family along in comfort.

its probably the most practical one too compared to others in its class if you're looking for this type of vehicle.
While many of the german SUV's range greatly in price (Cayenne, ML, X5, etc); for the price difference, there is a MAJOR change (base cayenne vs. turboS). Where the difference between the Escalade and the Tahoe LTZ are... different shades of faux wood inside, front clip, and 50hp. GM has gotten away with this because most Escalade buyers are going for status and don't want a Tahoe. GM is literally raking in an extra $40k off the truck. It would be nice to see some substantial differences between the Escalade, Tahoe LTZ, and Yukon Denali for the price differences.

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I don't subie, bro.

Every other country in the world can get by just fine without a vehicle of this size, why can't we? 95 percent of the people who own these don't tow ****. They throw their purse in the passenger seat, their 2 and only kids in the back, and drive to Cold Stone. They buy them because they feel safe, and because it's what every other upper middle class white family of 4 buys. The boat dad bought 3 years ago sits in the driveway except for the 2 times a year he convince the family to on an outing with him.

But again, I'm not looking for this type of vehicle, and never will. If I need to pull something, I borrow my friends pick up.
So the only time that this vehicle is okay is if you need to tow something? You are using the same vehicle you support a ban on. It's like saying you dont use fuel because you ride the bus.

GM fullsize SUVs are arguably the most versatile new vehicle available for sale. Personally, I've hauled engines and transmissions inside the SUV's; pulled boats, cars, heavy duty equipement long distances; driven cross country, comfortably; forged off road trails; jumped; it's the only vehicle I know of (aside from H1) that can sit outside during snow-storms and not require any scraping of the windows (heated washer system).

They are comfortable, require almost zero maintenance, bland, are a workhorse in sheep clothing, and above all they all basically have the same interior refinement as the Escalade.
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Hey look, it's a chevy suburban with ass warmers, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a bose sound system, and 22 inch chrome rims for an additional $25k!
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Hey look, it's a chevy suburban with ass warmers, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a bose sound system, and 22 inch chrome rims for an additional $25k!
the prices are insane! i saw one at a auto show a few weeks ago. i think it was $69,000!
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Hey look, it's a chevy suburban with ass warmers, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a bose sound system, and 22 inch chrome rims for an additional $25k!
You just undercut it $15k.
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the prices are insane! i saw one at a auto show a few weeks ago. i think it was $69,000!
Add AWD and it's over $71k! The Platinum AWD Trim starts at $84k!
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General Motors Co., revealing a redesigned Cadillac Escalade, said it may apply the name to other luxury vehicles within the Cadillac brand.
“There’s a lot of equity in Escalade and I’d like to explore the notion of other vehicles that would carry that brand name,” Bob Ferguson, head of Cadillac, said yesterday in New York following the unveiling of the 2015 version of the large, luxury sport-utility vehicle. It was an evening that included an appearance by Donald Trump.

The Escalade is one of 10 new or redesigned Cadillacs that GM is bringing out in the U.S. by the end of 2015. The product push includes the ATS, a compact sedan, which helped increase Cadillac’s U.S. sales by 29 percent this year through September. U.S. sales of all versions of the Escalade peaked in 2004 at 62,250 and fell to 23,340 last year, according to researcher Autodata Corp.

The Escalade faces twin threats from smaller, car-based SUVs that get better gas mileage and more competition from high- end offerings in coming years. Fiat SpA’s Maserati plans production of the Levante SUV in 2015, while Volkswagen AG’s Bentley has said it will start selling the world’s most expensive SUV at about 180,000 euros ($244,000) in three years. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd., the ultra-luxury-car maker owned by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, also has said it’s considering an SUV.

GM shares increased 22 percent this year through Oct. 7, outpacing the 18 percent gain of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Sleeker Design

The redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade includes a sleeker exterior and a wood-trim interior, among the changes Detroit- based GM has made to boost sales of the large SUV and make it more luxurious. The redesigned version should increase U.S. sales at least 10 percent next year, Ferguson said.
“We can increase the volume that we’re doing now,” Ferguson said. “Escalade puts an exclamation point on the end of the brand.”

Ferguson gave no timetable for a decision on spreading the Escalade name to other vehicles, in effect creating a sub-brand within Cadillac.

While the Escalade is built on essentially the same platform as GM’s pickups, the company is studying another Escalade that would use a car-like SUV frame, Ferguson told reporters.

“There are a number of individuals who just love this vehicle, but there are others who would say, ‘I would like something that would give me a different ride and a different experience.’”

‘Big Threat’

The current Escalade starts at $63,745, with a fully loaded version costing about $90,000, according to GM. The price of the 2015 model, which starts production in next year’s second quarter, hasn’t been released.

"If people are spending that much money, they may opt for a more exotic-sounding nameplate,” said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst with Edmunds.com, a website that tracks auto sales. “That’s a big threat.”

The success of the Escalade, first introduced in October 1998, helped keep Cadillac culturally relevant as it attempted to reignite interest in the luxury brand over the past 15 years.

Tony Soprano, the mob boss played by James Gandolfini, drove a Cadillac Escalade in HBO’s “The Sopranos.” Jennifer Lopez crowed about it. Ludacris even included it in his rap song “What’s Your Fantasy?”

‘A Statement’

“Anybody with power and who wanted to be noticed or make a statement without having to say anything, that’s what they drove,” Dave Sullivan, an analyst at AutoPacific Inc., said in a phone interview. The model “brought people in and got people to buy other Cadillacs even if they couldn’t afford an Escalade.”

The Escalade, last redesigned in 2006, also faces competition from smaller, entry-level luxury SUVs, which are more fuel-efficient, Caldwell said. At Escalade’s 2004 sales peak, gasoline averaged $1.81 a gallon in the U.S., compared with $3.55 last year, according to Edmunds.

“It’s people being honest with themselves and downsizing and not really needing the space that the Escalade has,” Caldwell said. “The Escalade is great for an executive, Town Car-like vehicle. But for a family it is a lot of space and fairly large to maintain and keep around.”

While the large SUV market has fallen, the models remain profitable for the automaker. The SUVs are one of its strengths even as it has pushed to create some of its best sedans in generations, including the Chevrolet Impala, which Consumer Reports ranked best among all sedans.

Profit Margins

GM’s margins on the Escalade are probably 20 percent to 30 percent while a mid-size sedan such as the Malibu might be 4 percent to 6 percent, Sullivan said. “It’s like a printing press” for money, he said.

The jumbo-size Escalade ESV’s average transaction price, or what a customer paid after incentives, rose to $76,126 this year through September from $57,117 in 2003, according to Edmunds. The average transaction price in the luxury large SUV segment rose to $80,981 this year, with Land Rover’s Range Rover leading the pack at $105,505.

Escalade shares engineering with Chevrolet and GMC large SUVs, which are all built on the automaker’s truck platform that was redesigned in 2013. GM dominates the large non-luxury SUV segment. The combined segment market share of Chevy and GMC large SUVs in the U.S. rose to 61 percent this year through July, compared with 58 percent in 2004, according to Edmunds. Ford Motor Co.’s large SUV market share fell to 11 percent this year, compared with 18 percent during all of 2004.

Richer Buyers

The Suburban-size Escalade ESV attracts a richer buyer than the Chevrolet Suburban, according to GM figures. The median household income of an Escalade ESV owner is $259,060, compared with $135,000 for the Suburban. The median income for buyers of the smaller Escalade is $178,222, which is higher than the $120,429 of the Cadillac brand, according to GM.
The regular Escalade is the size of a Chevrolet Tahoe.

The new Escalade’s interior is quieter and has seats engineered to be more comfortable and look more sculpted, GM said. The front seats have more than 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) of additional headroom and more than 4 inches of additional legroom than the outgoing model.

As Ferguson talked to reporters, he was interrupted by Trump, the real-estate developer and reality-TV star.

"It’s beautiful,” Trump told reporters. “I want to buy one immediately.”
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:52 AM   #22
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There's so much stupid in that thinking from GM.

Maybe I'm too set in my ways, but I can't stand when companies start over-using a name. Don't they remember what happened to the Cutlass name plate in the 80's?
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Column shifter = failboat. There is nothing, and I mean abso****inglutely nothing, luxurious about a column shifter. That C pillar on the long wheelbase version is a hot mess, too. Why section the window when you can slide the whole thing down into the door? Why are there like 3 pillar garnishes at the little unnecessary window?
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