This year, one of everyone’s favorite limousine cars celebrates its 20th anniversary on the market. That’s right, the Cadillac Escalade turns 20 in 2018.
Let’s take a look back at the Escalade over the years and how it has kept its top spot in luxury personal and limo transportation.
The Cadillac Escalade Phenomenon
The Escalade burst onto the scene in the late nineties and took the automotive world by storm. Something about this new type of vehicle caught the attention of drivers from many different walks of life.
The first Escalade was produced in Arlington, TX on February 8, 1998.
That first model now sits in the General Motors Heritage Center museum.
An Industry Pioneer
The public got its first look at the Cadillac Escalade when it debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August of 1998.
Before the Escalade, SUVs were all about what their name implies. Sports Utility Vehicles were moderately large vehicles for traveling the countryside or venturing into tough terrain. They were more for camping than grocery shopping.
The Escalade changed all that with its large size, sleek look, and luxurious interior. This was the first time the terms “full-size” and “luxury” were applied to SUVs. These vehicles changed the entire luxury car game, setting the standard for average consumers and trendsetters alike.
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A Status Symbol
Since the beginning, the Cadillac Escalade has been more than just another luxury car. Town cars are sleek and classy, but the Escalade was huge—literally and figuratively. This vehicle was always a statement piece, mean to make an impression.
Cadillac in itself is somewhat of an American legend. Their luxury cars are classy, cool, and expensive. The ability to obtain a Cadillac says a lot about a person’s status, wealth, and level of influence.
The iconic pink Caddy was a favorite of stars like Elvis Pressly and Bruce Springsteen. Since the 2000s, the Escalade has been a status symbol for the new era. It has been mentioned in over 300 songs from artists like J.Lo, Ludacris, and Kanye West.
The famous luxury car has even starred or had cameos in several TV and feature film productions. Appearances include scenes on The Sopranos and Entourage.
Many celebrities have at least one Cadillac Escalade in their collections, including:
& Paris Hilton
“From the highway to the big screen, the Escalade has been embraced by drivers and fans around the world.” — Steve Carlisle, President Of Cadillac
The Cadillac Escalade has dominated in total sales within its segment of the market for 15 of its 20 years in existence, and every year since 2014. The vehicle has garnered nearly $3 billion since its 2015 redesign. The Escalade is a vehicle that is constantly evolving, and that is one thing that keeps it at the top.
The Escalade established itself as a technology leader with several industry firsts:
The First Full LED Headlamps.
First Full-Size Luxury SUV To Feature Magnetic Ride Control—the quickest reacting suspension system in the world.
The World’s Very First Full Size Luxury SUV Hybrid.
The Very First High-Beam LED Headlamps and Taillamps with total internal reflection
America’s First Front-Center Airbag in a Luxury SUV
The First Haptic Safety Alert Seat
The 2019 model launched in the third quarter of 2018 with major performance and fuel economy upgrades.
The Escalade’s fuel economy has increased by almost 10 miles per gallon, from 15 mpg in 1999 to 23 mpg for 2019.
The new 2019 model Cadillac Escalade offers:
65% more horsepower (over original 1999 model)
52% higher EPA-estimated fuel economy for highway driving (over original 1999 model)
Two new exterior colors
Hands-free liftgate w/ logo light
Two body styles: the standard Escalade full-size 4-door SUV & the Escalade ESV, an extended-length, full-size 4-door SUV
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The Cadillac Escalade has won many awards during its two-decade lifespan, including a five-year streak with Consumer Guide Automotive’s Best Buy Award.
The Escalade has received a multitude of J.D. power awards:
“Highest Ranked Large Premium SUV in Initial Quality”: 2010-2013 & 2018
Various Escalade models have achieved highest ranks in their J.D. Power Automotive Execution and Layout Study (APEAL) categories: 2001-2005, 2007 & 2017
The Highest Ranks in J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Surveys: 2005, 2006 & 2014
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