The 2016 Cadillac Escalade features a modern design, powerful capability and sumptuous amenities that keep luxury firmly in the driver’s seat.
Enhanced technologies and new exterior colors distinguish the latest edition of the brand’s signature SUV, complementing cut-and-sewn materials and wood trim – chosen for elegance and authenticity – and the latest technologies to convey an exceptional level of luxury.
Among the 2016 updates are enhancements that make CUE faster and more intuitive, including navigation functionality and phone integration technology via Apple CarPlay. Lane Keep Assist is also offered, adding to Escalade’s comprehensive safety technologies.
The product line includes the standard Escalade and the extended-length ESV edition, which offers a 355 mm wheelbase and approximately 508 mm more in overall length, maximizing space for third-row passengers and nearly double the cargo space behind the third-row seat.
Premium and Platinum collections are available in addition to the standard models, offering higher levels of content and technology – and all models are offered with 4WD drivetrains, powered by a 6.2L V-8 engine backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
It’s a combination powerful enough to enable 0-to-100-kph performance in less than 6 seconds – 5.96 seconds for Escalade 4WD.
The 6.2L engine also delivers an EPA-estimated 21 mpg on the highway for Escalade/ESV 4WD.
Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system, is standard, delivering precisely controlled driving performance. And at its core, Escalade is an SUV with the capabilities of a full-size truck, enabling a trailering rating of 4,150 Kilograms on the standard model and an 4050 kilograms rating on Escalade ESV.
Escalade design and exterior features
Escalade’s design provides a signature look of quality, elegance and capability. The styling cues combine sculpted surfaces and high-technology embellishments to give Escalade a unique and stand-out appearance.
Dynamic front styling cues are enhanced by a highly detailed Galvano chrome grille that has a unique, almost brushed appearance. It is accented by full light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in the front and rear that creates unique, razor-like vertical light signatures. LEDs provide even, steady and very bright illumination, while delivering longer life and using significantly less energy than conventional lighting.
The headlamps incorporate the industry’s first Total Internal Reflection LED high-beam function, which consists of four vertically stacked crystal lenses and LEDs. The low beam consists of five crystal lenses and LEDs that create the light pattern. The Cadillac script is branded in the headlamp bezel. Tall, thin vertical LED taillamps reach to the top of the Escalade and feature the brand’s crest insignia, which illuminates in the dark.
Inlaid doors fit into the body side openings to provide a quiet interior and smooth aerodynamics – an attribute that helps Escalade slip through the air on the highway with minimal drag and greater efficiency. A lightweight aluminum hood and aluminum liftgate panels also contribute to efficiency.