The vehicle of choice for rappers and the Kardashians to be chauffeured around town in an all-encompassing space and luxury is what has defined the status of Cadillac’s Escalade. 6.2L of pure American brawn coupled with its capacious presence has forever etched our minds on what an all American full sized SUV is all about. It’s about space, power and creature comforts for 7 adults with the ability to cover thousands of kilometers without breaking a sweat or having any hint of back pains.
2016 Cadillac Escalade Review
Not much has changed since the last time we tested out the Escalade which was back in 2015, it still carries the same exterior styling but now comes with Apple’s CarPlay and wireless charging, but for some reason the wireless charging was not activated in our tester. The 2016 Cadillac Escalade still retains the same 6.2L and with more than enough power to plough down the road, thanks to 420 horses and 623 Nm of torque which can catapult this small apartment from standstill to 100 kmph in 6.3 seconds, to give you guys a perspective that’s the figure on a BMW E46 330Ci, or 8 seconds to a speeding ticket in Dubai.
It is a fact that the Escalade would be considered sacrilege in countries like the South East Asia where engine sizes are taxed exponentially as they get larger. Taxes nearly hover on acceptable or affordable limits, kinda, for engines sizes up to 1.8L but in this case we are talking about 6.2L. And that’s why there are continents like the Americas and the Middle East, mainly the GCC region, where we applaud everything that comes in plus size. The relative low cost of fuel here doesn’t starve our wallets of the greens either. American tech has come a long way in understanding that customers are going green but they still want to get their hands on the Escalade and live the culture and experience what the Escalade is all about. It’s about go big or go bust!
In satisfying the prying eyes of green-peace activists and keeping them off Cadillac’s lawns, the Escalade comes with cylinder deactivation which basically stops 4 cylinders from firing and consuming fuel when there is no load on the car i.e. when its cruising at a constant speed or not accelerating hard. This gave us a range of 700kms on a single tank, very much like that of the 2016 GMC Yukon Denali we tested out previously.
How does the Escalade stack up to the Yukon Denali? Well, mechanically they are identical, what you get is in our opinion a classier exterior fascia and upgraded trim and materials on the inside. It is priced at AED 330k which is also at par with the Toyota Land Cruiser VXR and the Nissan Patrol LE Platinum. There is a platinum option available on the Escalade which would bump up the sticker price to AED 380K and what you get is bespoke front grill and rims and swede interior liner and smoother leather everywhere.
But the real question is why you would want to get the Escalade instead of the Land Cruiser or the Patrol. Well for one, these are not really that common on the road unlike the Japanese duo which probably outsells smaller cars for the same makes, in this regard you stand out. You have Apple’s integration so you can be more hands-free while conducting office from the go. You have presence, the Escalade certainly looks big. You get to one up against the Jones’s by having a larger engine; 5.7L VS 6.2L. But you get to do that while consuming less as well. Yes, we don’t really care about consumption in this place, the hybrids are there for the feel good factor or for lifestyle. But then again it would be nice not to be at the petrol station every day, and the Escalade is all about that. You can safely go to any part of the 7 Emirates and back without the need to re-fuel. It’s this sense of completeness along with the features of the car, like a center overhanging monitor to play movies, a cool box in the center arm-rest, or the electrical running boards that comes out when you open the doors to make easy access into the vehicle are everyday comfort that you get to depend on.
Liberty Automobiles is the regional distributor for Cadillac for Dubai and the Northern Emirates and are giving the following services which are inclusive in the price of the vehicle. ·
- 4 YEARS / 100,000 KMS SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE
- 4 YEARS / 100,000 KMS WARRANTY
- 4 YEARS OF REGIONAL ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
Now, not only you can get a peace of mind for the next 4 years but also know that Liberty Autos are committed in servicing the cars (minor service) within one hour. That’s always a good news as you don’t loose a day because the car is in service. It’s the after sales support which is the key in building long lasting relationships. Cadillac is re-approaching their approach to its customers, and now they are moving towards the younger generation, people who want more gravitas than say senior citizens.
Back in the days, Cadillacs were mainly driven around by retired people who enjoyed the cushy ride above all else. Now with edgy designs and a trademark vertical slit head lights, it is very easy to spot one and creates a unique statement. Power, ride and practicality has been integrated in this brand as it steers itself in capturing a larger market share. The Escalade has been a fun affair for me and my family. It gave us kilometers of enjoyment in a family knit environment, but it’s easy at home being driven by one person. The volume of space inside does not make one feel intimidated, the driver centric dashboard focuses on the driver. Our personal favorite for those long trips into the unknown or even the known, whichever fancies your thoughts at that point of time.
Price and Specs:
|2016 Cadillac Escalade|
|Displacement||6.2L V8, 8 speed Automatic Gearbox|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||6.3 s|
|Price (AED)||330,000 as tested|
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