Cadillac Escalade 4
Cadillac Escalade is a small off-road vehicle from GM. This novelty was presented in autumn 2013 at the specialized dealer conference in New York City. When the new spring of 2014 came, Cadillac Escalade 4 was officially introduced to the world.
The Russian Federation saw the presentation of the American full-size luxury SUV in the last month of summer 2014 – in August, at the International Motor Show in Moscow. With the beginning of the new year 2015, GM started to produce a new Escalade of the 4th generation at its plant in St. Petersburg, and it will be possible to purchase it from the spring of this year. The whole model range is Cadillac.
Before the American designers, together with the automotive artists, began their work, they had the goal of producing an exterior that would be modern and stylish. Cadillac Escalade of the 4th generation was able to retain its usual appearance, if we compare it with the previous model, but got a new “clothes”, which was woven of chopped shapes and edges that have a sharp look.
The off-road car looks rather impressive and spectacular, and its premium qualities are emphasized by the presence of a considerable quantity of details from chrome and vital design execution.
The nose part of the American luxury SUV is the brightest in front of us, which was crowned with an “advanced” large-size radiator grille with doors that know how to close, as well as an elegant front optical lighting system with the presence of LED design and bumper, which looks like a full-fledged sculpture.
In the front bumper there is a small air inlet and corners of foggles. The headlamps at the front look like rock crystal lumps and showcase their own LED lenses and lamps called Cadillac for visibility. Interestingly, the LED lighting system provides the American novelty full equipment for absolutely all the lamps.
Even the handle lighting on the Premium Collection doors is LED. If you look at the American from the side, it feels as if the jeep was carved out of an integral piece of rock – that’s how impressive it is. The appearance of the Cadillac Escalade of the fourth generation, which can undoubtedly be called solid, was designed by a high and flat roof, many doors on the sides, punches on the arches of the wheels and 22-inch wheels made of light alloy.
Truly majestic back of the luxury jeep conceals the presence of LED lanterns, which have a form similar to a lightsaber, and athletic physique of the rear bumper. The presence of LED lighting system, gives the car modernity and elegance.
The salon of the fourth family of Cadillac Escalade is fully suited to the appearance – it is modern, presentable and luxurious. The large steering wheel with four spokes looks beautiful and functional. In addition to the nameplate of the car company, there are keys to control the music system, cruise control, as well as the route computer.
The dashboard is presented before us in the form of a 12.3-inch graphic screen, on which one of the 4 options of the electronic dashboard is possible. The design component of the torpedo is smoothly flowing with other Cadillac cars and perfectly fits into the component of a luxurious off-road car.
The centrally located console has a chrome frame and is decorated with a large 8-inch colour screen of the CUE multimedia system, a unique climate control unit and massive deflectors of the ventilation system of non-standard shape. There are no handles for shifting the gearbox between the front seats – it has found its location on the steering column. It is pleasant that in the list of the car was established many modern services of safety, such as the central airbag, presence of adaptive cruise-control, functions of tracking of inertia of movement, and the services called to warn about probable collision and automatic braking at driving at low speed.
Moreover, the Cadillac Escalade of the 4th generation has been developed with a reinforced security system with satellite tracking. In general, everything that is inside the American luxury SUV is literally impregnated with luxury and comfort. This is partly due to the use of premium finishing materials, such as leather, premium plastic, carpet, wood and metal inserts.
The entire interior is assembled by hand, which increases the degree of performance with scrupulously fitted parts and verified gaps between the panels. Installed at the front of the seat, it offers a good level of comfort and is designed for people of all sizes. The 12-directional electrical adjustment is also a pleasure, so that you can choose the best fit.
But it is necessary to notice that lateral support here is not developed in the best way, and sliding adds a leather upholstery of a seat. In order to increase the level of comfort for the driver and the front passenger sitting next to each other, there was provided a central armrest, adjustment memory, heating and ventilation function.
On the second row, we can see a pair of seats, which are separate from each other, with a flat layout, heating option and their own climate control system. Optionally, you can order a sofa for three passengers, but with any layout, there is more than enough free space.
Although the rear row is designed for three passengers, the maximum comfort for them will only be available when choosing an ESV version with an extended wheelbase. With the basic equipment, the taller people will be a little short, especially in the legs. Three rows of seats give the American an additional 430 litres of free space in the luggage compartment.
The “extended” variant already provides 1,113 litres of useful space. The third row can be folded together with an electric drive, which results in 1,461 and 2,172 litres of free space, respectively. If it is necessary to transport large or heavy loads, it is possible to transform all two rear rows of seats, which eventually brings the volume of free space up to 2,667 liters in the basic configuration and 3,424 liters in the ESV version.
The “bilge” part of the American off-road vehicle has the correct shape and quality finish. All modifications have a full-fledged spare wheel, 17 inches in diameter. The comfort inside the car is responsible for:
- Power steering;
- Adjustment of the steering wheel in one plane;
- Rain sensor;
- Remote opening of the trunk;
- Electric windows drive;
- Electric drive of mirrors;
- Adjustment of a driver’s seat;
- Adjustment of seats of passengers;
- The conditioner;
- Heating of mirrors;
- Heating of seats;
- On-board computer;
- Navigation system;
- Acoustic system.
In the U.S. luxury SUV Cadillac Escalade installed V8 atmospheric engine EcoTec3 with a working volume of 6.2 liters. The engine is equipped with adaptive fuel management technology Active Fuel Management, which “turns off” the remaining four cylinders at low load.
Variable valve timing and direct fuel injection are also available. In terms of power, this power pack develops 409 horsepower. V-shaped eight is synchronized with the 6-range automatic transmission Hydra-Matis 6L80, where it is possible to tow the trailer and connect the four-wheel drive, which in turn has three modes of operation: 2H, 4Auto and 4H.
All-wheel drive transmission is equipped with a 2-stage dispenser and automatic locking of the interwheel differential, which is located at the back. Therefore, using such a powerful engine and “universal” gearbox, the heavy U.S. car reaches a mark of 100 km / h in just 6.8 seconds, and its maximum speed is 170 km / h (no matter what version).
Speaking about fuel consumption, according to the car manufacturer, Cadillac Escalade of the 4th generation consumes about 18 liters of gasoline in urban mode, and 10.3 liters per 100 km in the countryside. The luxury frame car was built on the basis of K2XX, and its total weight is from 2,649 to 2,739 kg, depending on which version.
In order to reduce its already considerable weight, it was decided to make a safety frame made of high-strength aluminum alloys, and the hood and luggage compartment door made of aluminum.
On the front axle you can see an independent suspension with paired A-levers, on the rear axle – a dependent suspension with a continuous bridge, which is suspended on 5 levers. From the factory, the Cadillac Escalade can see the presence of adaptive shock absorbers Magnetic Ride Control, which in turn are controlled by electronics.
With this function, the stiffness of the suspension in real time can be adjusted to the kind of road surface. To operate the steering wheel in the jeep helps an electric amplifier with variable force, depending on what is present driving. All wheels are equipped with ventilated disc brakes, 4-channel ABS, vacuum booster and EBD and BAS technologies.
The impressive appearance of the Cadillac Escalade of the 4th generation is supported by its large body size. The length of the American is 5 179 mm, height – 1 889 mm, and the width of the car is equal to 2 044 mm.
Wheelbase is 2 946 mm, and clearance is located at a height of 205 mm. Even if this is not enough, there is a variation with a long wheelbase ESV, where an additional 518 mm should be added to the length and 356 mm to the wheelbase.
The list of services designed to increase the safety of an off-road American luxury car Cadillac Escalade 4-th generation, can include the function of automatic braking at low speed driving not only forward but also backward, a warning system for probable impact, a function that monitors the range of ride, the central airbag, provided for the driver and sitting next to the front passenger and the presence of adaptive cruise control.
Separately, the Luxury Collection function can be purchased as an additional option, where the car will be equipped with a different anti-theft system, the latest interior decoration and a large number of security services: a system of control of blind spots, a system that warns of a possible collision and exit from the lane.
Complete sets and prices
The new modernized Cadillac Escalade of the 4th generation of 2016 in the Russian Federation will be estimated at $71338. Moreover, Russian buyers will be offered standard and extended wheelbase with three levels of equipment: Luxury, Premium and Platinum.
The basic equipment includes 7 airbags, 3-zone climate control, LED headlights and lanterns, adaptive suspension, leather interior finishing, a package of active safety systems, premium “music” Bose with 16 speakers, information and entertainment complex CUE, digital dashboard, a full electric package and 22-inch aluminum wheels.
The Premium version in the minimum build will cost $75936, and the more expensive version of ESV Premium will cost $80058. In addition to the above, the more expensive equipment includes a package of “Integrated Security”, door handle illumination on the outside, entertainment system for rear passengers with a folding 9-inch screen and four sets of wireless headphones.
The top version of “Platinum” is estimated from 94325 $ for the standard base and 101063 $ for the elongated one. In this version, in addition to the above mentioned devices there is a refrigerator built into the central console, the driver’s seat has settings in 18 directions and has an option of massage. You can also find the presence of automatic side steps and a pair of screens designed for 9 inches for rear passengers in the back of the front seats.
The pros and cons
- Pleasant modified, but recognizable appearance of the car;
- Acceptable ground clearance;
- LED lighting system available;
- Application of high-strength aluminum alloys;
- Quality interior;
- Electronic dashboard;
- Sufficiently free space;
- Possibility of transportation of cargoes with large size or big weight;
- Possibility of towing a trailer;
- Good level of safety;
- Not bad degree of equipment even in a base complete set;
- 20 inch light alloy wheels;
- The big luggage department;
- The system with all-wheel drive;
- Strong power unit;
- Not a bad gearbox;
- Good dynamism.
Cons of a car
- The cost of the car;
- This car is often stolen in the United States of America;
- Cost of repair;
- Passengers in the third row will not be comfortable enough because of
- Lack of free space at your feet and head;
- Due to all-wheel drive, the maximum speed is not record high;
- High fuel consumption.
The 4th generation Cadillac Escalade is much better, though it has retained its similarities to previous models. The car of this brand has always been in high positions, and with the release of the 4th generation it will be able to win the hearts of many drivers of the world. The car is perfect for those who have a family, or who like to travel, as he will only be a good friend to you.
Its volume of luggage compartment will allow you to carry a lot of valuable cargo, and if it is not enough, you can fold the third row of seats, and if necessary, you can remove the middle row of chairs, and you will almost have a truck. Add here the possibility of towing a trailer and than this car is not a small house on wheels?
The power of the hood-mounted engine is more than enough to allow you to feel confident when climbing steeply or overtaking other machines. The all-wheel-drive system will allow you to drive where simple vehicles may not be able to drive. Large wheels will only make it easier to overcome light off-road conditions. It is nice that the car has received an LED lighting system, both in front and behind.
Being inside the Cadillac Escalade is very pleasant, because everything is qualitatively, intuitively understandable and in its places. Even the basic equipment has a large arsenal of all sorts of puzzles and useful devices. Of course, it will be a little difficult to use it only in the city, given its small size and considerable weight. But in general, this car is an excellent continuation of the Escalade model of the American company.
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