New Cadillac Escalade ESV (LWB) Luxury SUV
*Phantom Grey Metallic with Maple Leather 7-Passenger Seating*
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The torque monster, that is the Cadillac Escalade ESV with its 6.2L V8 reigning down 623Nm of torque, also comes with an extended ESV 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.
The range topping “Platinum” trim 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 hugely inviting.
The new 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 school 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 the Escalade gets the same “Live View Rear Mirror”. 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 enviable upgrades, 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.
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 around 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 to average of c.14.3L/100kms. Impressive to say the least, the fuel consumption on a comparable model Nissan Patrol recently tested was in the 18L/100kms range.
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 traveller 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.(Carbonoctane.com)