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Known for unmitigated excess to some, the Cadillac Escalade embodies over-the-top transportation for oil barons and high-rolling hip-hop stars. TheDetroitBureau.com quotes an unnamed senior Cadillac official as saying, "We were finding that for everyone turned on by that image there were four (potential luxury buyers) who were [turned off]." Add in national gas prices flirting with $5 a gallon, and the Escalade seemed destined to join the flamboyant fins of the 1959 Eldorado.

But TDB says General Motors saw too much profit in the tanker-sized truck and plans to refresh it in early 2014 as a 2015 model. The Bureau predicts the SUV will continue to be body-on-frame with the new 2013 Chevrolet pickup underpinnings holding it all together. It's probably safe to assume the luxury will be upsized, the engine uptuned and the price upjacked.


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      l9t8z
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you read the article correctly you would have realized the price was speculation on Autoblogs behalf. GM hasnt uttered a single detail about this truck.
      DyanRucar
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could've sworn that the next-gen Escalade was moving to a smaller platform (same one Traverse, Acadia, Enclave are built upon) due to oil and gas prices. As a matter of fact, I read that article on here some years back.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DyanRucar
        It was an early idea. I've always figured all along that the Escalade would stick around and for the very reason stated here. It makes GM too much money to walk away from it. Do I think they'll introduce a unibody large CUV to complement the Escalade, absolutely. But, it won't be taking the Escalade's place. Look at Infiniti, they offer the BOF QX and now the unibody JX. Both are large vehicles and both have 3 rows of seats, but they are still both being sold by Infiniti. I see Cadillac doing the same with the Escalade and whatever name they give to the unibody large CUV
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DyanRucar
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      Macvicar24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Escalades do serve a purpose. If you have the money and want a vehicle for the family, this is it. I have family in Colorado, I live in Cali, we drive this all the time to see them. Better than trying to fit the family in an uncomfortable economy car. When you have kids you will realize how practical these are. Yes it is an upscale Tahoe. Don't get why everyone knocks these.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Macvicar24
        I would say the Yukon Denali makes more sense than this.
          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          Understated? Maybe compared to the Escalade. Buick-ish? I don't see it. I'm just saying if you want a large luxury SUV then the Yukon makes more sense, but then again none of it makes much sense. Most of these people would be fine with an Escape, but that doesn't suit their ego. What I find to be the worst offense is the trophy wives who have Land Rovers. It just makes no sense at all. At least the Escalade is going to be somewhat reliable, and the maintenance is much cheaper (not that it matters). Land Rovers were made to go off road, but the people who buy them don't do that kind of stuff. Then again most of the Land Rovers we get aren't all that geared towards off road, even if they have a million gizmos to facilitate doing so. Leather interiors and fully independent suspension aren't the best for going off road a lot of the time.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WillieD
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        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Macvicar24
        Why not drive a minivan? Lower load floor, more interior room, great upright seating comfort, easy access to the rear seats, better gasoline mileage. In other words, the perfect machine for a family trip.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Macvicar24
        If you're interested in interior space, something like the Enclave is far, far more practical -- they're actually roomier inside and get better fuel economy. The only practical side of the Escalade comes if you're going off-road or towing.
          msspamrefuge
          • 2 Years Ago
          @regionrat
          "The only practical side of the Escalade comes if you're going off-road or towing." And you can't really even do much of the former. Its platform is capable, but the Escalade is no Land Cruiser; it doesn't have the same design, mechanical, or technological considerations.
        Skicat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Macvicar24
        You may live in "Cali" but you certainly not a Californian. Anyone who calls it "Cali" wasn't born there and sounds like a hick.
          Macvicar24
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Skicat
          really? Born and raised. Not a typical Californian, you are correct! I actual contribute something to this State rather than suck the life out of it. Rather be a hick, than a metrosexual anyday.
      RustyShackelford
      • 2 Years Ago
      All I see when I see the Escalade, which is just a tarted up, overpriced Tahoe, is, "Sucker."
        TBQ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RustyShackelford
        Here's a novel idea: some people make so much more than you that they don't care what it costs for the Esco. If I were you I would get out of other peoples' pockets and worry about making more money.
          SYE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TBQ
          Another thing to keep in mind when you see professionals driving an Escalade: they're likely not paying for it, their employer is in the form of a car/mileage allowance.
          RustyShackelford
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TBQ
          What an ignorant and uninformed non-sequitor. I don't care if people want to blow their money on the Escalade. It wasn't a judgement on on their spending. It was a observation on their gullibility. Read a book TBQ, learn the difference. I paid cash for both luxury cars (not rebadged Chevys) in my garage, $o I'm good. ;-)
        omgcool
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RustyShackelford
        I agree with TBQ. Also, Escalade does not equal Tahoe. Ride/drive one and you'll most likely agree. There's plenty different about it to justify the extra cost (how much is justified is subjective; I accept that much of it is the brand/name).
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RustyShackelford
        GM executives see "sucker," too, and love them dearly. What a fantastic profit machine. Amazing there is so much money sloshing around in American suburbia.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah, you drive a car with paddle shifters, like my sister does. Your comment is invalid.
        ennuisoc
        • 2 Years Ago
        Well, well, I have owned a few General Motors vehicles in the past. One had managed to endure the negligence from me for 300.000 miles before the gasket blew and allowed the coolant to pour into the oil pan. I wouldn't say they are very reliable, but they are pretty easy and cheap to repair under the tree.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      The perfect vehicle... for when you want a Chevy Tahoe, but you want to pay an extra $25k for it.
        SYE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        Chevy Tahoe LTZ $56k GMC Yukon Denali $59k Cadillac Escalade $66k $7k-10k =/= $25k price difference. And when you factor in that most of the professionals driving the Esco don't keep it for more than a lease term (24-36 months), they're really only out of pocket a few grand. Small potatoes to a professional making 6-figures a year.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SYE
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          Jake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SYE
          Chevy Tahoe starting price $38,755 http://www.chevrolet.com/tahoe-mid-size-suv/ Cadillac Escalade starting price $63,170 http://www.cadillac.com/escalade-suv.html $63,170 - $38,755 =$24,415 with is approximately $25k
          Basil Exposition
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SYE
          @Jake - when you compare 2 vehicles, you always compare them "similarly equipped" as SYE has. No amount of links are going to make your comparisons or figure meaningful.
        SYE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        Jake- are you slow? Comparing the Tahoe LS to a base Escalade is like comparing a Jetta to an Audi S8.
          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SYE
          Actually the Escalade does have Magnetic Ride Control available.
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SYE
          That does not make sense.
        rmkensington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        You obviously dont know how much plastic veneer costs.
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never got why people were so amazed with Escalades. It's a tarted up rebadged Chevy Tahoe and I don't see celebs rushing out to get them. Same with the Navigator's and it just being a tarted up Expedition but in this case the Expedition is a much nicer vehicle then a Tahoe is.
        Tourian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
        I never get why people were so amazed with LXs they are just tarted up Landcruisers... I never get why people were so amazed with Cayennes they are just tarted up Touregs... I never get why people were so amazed with QXs they are just tarted up Armadas/Patrols... I could go on, but like your comment it would just be ignorant and clueless.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tourian
          I don't know if they use a higher quality leather but the seats are absolutely identical to a Tahoe. Even if they do use a better leather it's still pitiful that they didn't trim it differently than a Tahoe that costs half as much. Maybe the redesign will seperate it more, but I doubt it.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tourian
          The only difference is that GM is probably one of the worst companies at rebadging cars. The Navigator, Cayenne, and QX share almost nothing on the interior or exterior with their pedestrian counterparts. While the Navigator shares the door profile from the Expedition, it's interior is 95% from the Lincoln parts bin (the only things that it shares with the Expedition is the headlight switch, window switches, and door handles).
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Donovan
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      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Translation: "We like that this appeals to people based on its image and chrome content, but white people have become scared by how much black people like it, and white people have more money."
        Tourian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
        But white people with money buy these too, so it doesn't matter. There are waaay to many Escalades sold to all kinds of people for Cadillac/GM to be stupid enough to cut it. Remember, The Navigator started all this back in '98. The Escalade came in and took the #1 spot in this segment and has never looked back. No other full size luxury SUV: Not the LX, not the GL, not the GX, not the Q7 or the soon to be killed Navigator out sells it. None.
          Greg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tourian
          Are they killing the Navigator? Do people still buy them?
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
        Not PC, but painfully accurate
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
        Yes, I do hate when words like "hip-hop" or "urban" are used to mean "black" because the speaker is too afraid to say "black" for fear of being offensive. As if the words are what's offensive, as opposed to the content.
        Tina Dang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
        What an ignorant statement. Very distasteful.
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        tritonstrategies
        • 2 Years Ago
        Show me a Luxo manufacturer outside of the Germans who don't "brand engineer".
          dohc73
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tritonstrategies
          Audi A3 = VW GTI (Golf) Correction: Every manufacturer including the Germans brand engineer. And probably will do more so in the future.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tritonstrategies
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          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tritonstrategies
          Aston Martin
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should be waterboarded and executed. It's an automotive insult and one of the most idiotic cars ever produced.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
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          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          Well, the buyers (leasers) are.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Figures GM would take what is old and try to make it new again. Innovation wins business for items consumers wanna buy.
      SYE
      • 2 Years Ago
      The people that call an Escalade tacky are the people that consider a Range Rover the epitome of class. When in reality a Range Rover is the car most favored by obnoxious new money trash.
        msspamrefuge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SYE
        . . .while the Escalade is, in my area, the darling of people who don't really have money, but want to lend the impression that they do.
          CBJMNWLD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @msspamrefuge
          And who cares who buys them, They sell. That is fact. Its not a money loser and it is (right or wrong) the standard in which all others are measured
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