The Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV created by General Motors and it’s considered as Cadillac’s first entry to the SUV market. Production of the model started in 1999 to compete with the growing number of competitor SUVs from German, Japanese, as well as other American brands. Initially, the Escalade was a rebadged version of the GMC Denali, but it was restyled and redesigned in 2002 to incorporate Cadillac’s signature art and science theme. In 2003, Cadillac produced the Escalade ESV as a variant of the regular model. The ESV was a bigger and more massive version of the Escalade, and it had an extended wheelbase, a V8 engine, and a Bose sound system. Here’s a quick look at the changes and transformations that the Escalade ESV has undergone since its beginnings up to the present.
2003: Production and release
Production and release of the ESV began in 2003. As a wider and more spacious version of the Escalade, this model offers passengers more room and cargo space, making their drives more comfortable.
2004: Platinum Escalade
In 2004, Cadillac released the Platinum Escalade, which was created under the ESV model. This vehicle was packed with features such as heated and ventilated seats and cup holders. It also spelled luxury with its use of special leather for its interiors, and it was also furnished with HID headlights. In 2008, another Platinum edition resurfaced under both the Escalade and Escalade ESV models. This edition had a unique front fascia and grille, limited edition 22-inch wheels, chrome and aluminum accents, and DVD monitors at the headrests of the front seats. It was also furnished with special hand-stitched leather, an Advanced Magnetic Ride Control system, LED headlights, and a one-of-a-kind interior trim.
2006: The new GMT900 platform
In 2006, the Cadillac Escalade served as the official vehicle of the Super Bowl XL. In fact, the MVP during that year, Hines Ward, was even given one of the first ever Escalades produced under the new GMT900 platform. The third generation of Escalades was introduced to the market the following year in 2007, and this included a stretched and newly designed versions of both the ESV and EXT sport utility truck.
2013: The present Escalades
The fourth generation of the Escalade and Escalade ESV were unveiled in New York last October 2013. This was done only a month after Chevrolet and GMC both introduced their next generation of SUVs. Promotion of the new Escalade began with several teaser posters circulating online and these photos were captured by American photographer Autumn de Wilde. General Motors also put up a Youtube page called “Escalade Reveal” where videos counting down the release of the new Escalades were posted. The production of the new vehicles began in January 2014 in the Arlington, Texas assembly plant and it was sold beginning April of the same year.