For more than a decade, Cadillac Escalade has exemplified luxury and performance with technology, power and style. This luxury SUV maintains its reputation with the 2014 lineup, offering two distinct body styles and Platinum models aimed at the segment’s most discerning customers.
The Escalade and Escalade ESV, available in AWD and RWD configurations, are powered by a 6.2L V-8 with efficiency-enhancing continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management technology.
Escalade ESV is the most spacious of the Escalade family. It is 21 inches (53.4 cm) longer than Escalade and offers up to 137.4 cubic feet (3,891 L) of cargo space behind the first row, with the second folded and third row removed. With all the same elements and features as the standard Escalade, the ESV model provides an additional eight-inch flip-down screen for third-row passengers.
Escalade Platinum – offered on both Escalade and Escalade ESV – is the highest expression of the brand’s design, luxury and technology, with features including LED headlamps and Magnetic Ride Control, unique 22-inch, multi-spoke wheels and exclusive Platinum exterior badges.
Escalade Platinum’s LED headlamps emulate the characteristics of natural daylight more closely than traditional auto lighting. LEDs are environmentally friendly, lasting 10 times longer than traditional halogen bulbs.
Inside the Escalade Platinum, the special attention to detail is evident in the design of the instrument panel, center storage console and door trim, which are leather-wrapped and feature decorative French seams. Additional Platinum cues include Olive Ash and Walnut Burl woods with unique wood inlays, warm aluminum trim, full aniline leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats, full Nuance leather seating trim on the third-row seat – all embroidered with Cadillac wreath and crest insignias.
Platinum model Escalades also feature standard interior finishes such as Platinum-specific door sills and floor mats; a heated steering wheel; heated and cooled cupholders and a power liftgate that opens and closes with the touch of a button. In addition to the roof-mounted rear seat entertainment system, the Platinum Edition also includes dual DVD screens integrated in the rear of the front headrests. Each has its own player and controls, and they can be operated independently or in tandem.