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2013 Cadillac Escalade Review Palm Springs

May 11, 2013
2013 Cadillac Escalade

2013 Cadillac Escalade

2013 Cadillac Escalade

Offering the most diverse and luxurious lineup ever, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade is the definitive expression of success in Palm Springs. An icon in the world of luxury SUVs, Cadillac Escalade is synonymous with style, technology, comfort and performance. For 2013, the Escalade continues to offer the most complete lineup with three distinct body styles, and the Platinum models. The model range includes the Escalade, the extended-length Escalade ESV and the reconfigurable Escalade EXT.

The Cadillac Escalade ESV is the largest member of the Escalade family, offering the maximum in passenger accommodations and cargo capacity. It offers up to 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, when the second folded and third row are removed. It features all the same elements and features as the standard Escalade, but adds an additional eight-inch flip-down screen for third-row passengers.

The EXT model is a unique Sport Utility Truck (SUT) body style, giving it a part-SUV, part-pickup profile. With the industry-exclusive Midgate panel, drivers can easily convert the EXT from a five-passenger SUV into a two-passenger pickup with eight feet of protected and secured storage. The Midgate, located behind the rear seat, can be folded into the cabin, enabling the cargo area to expand from five feet to eight feet, for a total of 101 cubic feet in secured volume. A lockable, standard tonneau cover protects items in the cargo bed, or can be removed entirely for added space.

The Platinum edition, offered on Escalade and Escalade ESV, includes a blend of technical innovations and aesthetic enhancements, including unique 22-inch, multi-spoke wheels and exclusive Platinum exterior badges. Magnetic Ride Control technology, available on all Escalade models with 22-inch wheels, and full-function light-emitting diode (LED) headlamps exemplify the Platinum’s technology.

The LED headlamps emulate the characteristics of natural daylight much more closely than traditional auto lighting. LEDs are environmentally friendly and last 10 times longer than traditional halogen bulbs.

Inside the Escalade Platinum, the instrument panel, center storage console and door trim are leather wrapped and feature decorative French seams. Additional Platinum cues include Olive Ash and Walnut Burl woods with unique wood inlays, warm aluminum trim, full TEHAMA aniline leather-trimmed first and second-row seats, and full Nuance leather seating trim on the third-row seat; all of which are embroidered with Cadillac wreath and crest insignias. One year of OnStar Directions and Connections
service is also standard on all Escalade models.

Additional standard interior features include Platinum-specific door sills and floor mats, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled cup holders and a power lift gate that opens and closes with the touch of a button. In addition to the roof-mounted rear seat entertainment system, the Platinum Edition also includes dual DVD screens integrated in the rear of the front headrests. Each has its own player and controls, and they can be operated independently or in tandem.

All Escalade models are equipped with a 6.2L V-8 rated at 403 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. It features variable valve timing, Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability. The fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission is paired with the 6.2L engine in all models and an intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is available on Escalade and Escalade ESV. AWD is standard on Escalade EXT.

All Escalade models are built on GM’s full-size SUV platform, incorporating a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, five-link/coil-spring rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Magnetic Ride Control is standard on Escalade Hybrid and the Platinum Edition, which is a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control by “reading” the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds. It replaces conventional mechanical-valve shocks with electronically controlled shocks filled with a magneto-rheological fluid containing minute iron particles. Under the presence of magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance almost instantly.

The 2013 Escalade is the highest expression of Cadillac’s dramatic design, luxury, and technology. It’s class and luxury are indicative of those in Palm Springs who drive them.

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