The torque monster, that is the Cadillac Escalade with its 6.2L V8 reigning down 623Nm of torque, also comes with an extended version. This extra space is for the luggage compartment and is ideal for taking all its 7 passengers and their luggage. You no longer need to hire a 2nd vehicle and this makes for a very niche market, and Cadillac knows it. The Cadillac Escalade ESV is for the hospitality industry and those large families who won’t compromise on luxury and their luggage space.
Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum 2018 Review
With size, in our case it’s an increase in length, comes a lot of responsibilities. Responsibilities in driving skills that needs to be honed down to perfection to navigate around tight spaces. The Escalade ESV is longer by 35.6 cm and this benefits its utility and does not directly aid in passenger comfort.
We tested out the “Platinum” trim, which wraps the interior with smooth leather and the headliners as well, the latter being covered with alcantara. The fit and finish of trim parts and extended use of glossy bits does make the interior inviting but it also acts as a magnet of attracting a lot of finger prints and lint.
Thus is the nature of having a contemporary interior, have a look at the newest Audi line up where the interior dashboard is dominated with a large screen as its infotainment system and other panels that are all enclosed in glass. That’s probably the downfall for luxury these days, but these are just me getting a bit into details which are altogether unnecessary. The best part of the interior is while driving at night, the dashboard seems to hide itself and only lets out soft light through its aluminum touch buttons, which are but a few.
The 2018 Escalade receives a fresh CUE system and integration to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless charging located at the center arm rest makes for easy access for mobile phone and for those why prefers the old skool way of charging, there are many USB ports all over the car. You will never be out of power; so for those long trips, the passengers could be rest assured that their cell phones will all be kept charged. Also for 2018, the Escalade gets the same “Live View Rear Mirror” taken from the same parts bin of the CT6. Trust us, when we say that the resolution of the unit is the Cadillac is the best we have seen in any car out there in the market even at night.
But amongst these minor upgrade, the Escalade comes with all the usual creature comforts that we have grown to expect from these Premium brands. Features such as ventilated seats, blind sport monitors, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, rear cross traffic alerts and automatic side steps that comes out when the doors open up for ease of getting in and out of the car. Oh and lease we forget, there are three monitors on the 2nd row, one behind the head rest of the front two seats and one in the center located on the center head liner which folds down.
Looking at the exterior, the Escalade still carries the sharp edges which have becomes a Cadillac design trademark. You can easily distinguish the brand and it separates itself from the likes of its cousins, i.e. the Chevy Tahoe and the GMC Yukon Denali both visually and drive train wise. It does share the same drive train with the Yukon Denali, which would be its closest relative.
Ultimately the whole package of design, its fit and finish and interior amenities would be meaningless if it weren’t for the buttery smooth 6.2L V8 that is torquey enough to easily glide this 3,300 kgs of weight aroung town and effortlessly cruise on the highways. So much torque is on tap that the engineers at Cadillac were able to throw in a cylinder deactivation mumbo jumbo which can switch off 4 cylinders while still maintaining a steady momentum. Ideal for long cruises where constant speeds are maintained, this feature alone plummets the fuel usage and in the end we averaged 14.3L/100kms through out our drive. Impressive to say the least, the fuel consumption on the Nissan Patrol we tested was in the 18L/100kms range.
In the coming year, the Escalade will receive a brand new 10-speed automatic, which would further aid in reducing the fuel consumption. It also shows that Cadillac will extend this design for a bit longer till a new all new platform and design comes up. But we don’t feel that the Escalade should be concerned about it too much, the look has not aged since it came out in 2014. It looks as smart as it had been since launch and though the interior is getting very familiar it has become homely.
The Escalade and especially the ESV version is a long distance hauler for those who prefer to take their entire wardrobe with them. It’s the destination traveler of choice for celebrities when they choose to travel by road, or at least to their private jet. The Escalade has become a favorite in the region for comfort and space and not to mention easy on the wallet as the gas prices are not what they once used to be.
Price and Specs: Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum 2018 Review
|Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum 2018 Review|
|Displacement||6.2L, V8, 4WD|
|Gearbox||8 speed Automatic|
|Rated Output||420 Hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Rated Torque||623 Nm @ 4,100 rpm|
|Length – Width – Height (mm)||3302 – 2045 – 1850|
|Fuel Tank||98 Liters|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||7.5 seconds claimed|
|Fuel Consumption||14.3L/100KMS Combined as tested|
|Price (AED)||AED 407,000|