The current version of Escalade has been released in 2015, and we do not expect for the 2017 Cadillac Escalade to offer redesign and large upgrades. Since this is one of the most luxurious and imposing cars that money can buy we suppose that Cadillac will offer more with it since we know the importance of constant upgrades even on a smaller scale.
Without a doubt, this generation also manages to be one of the better offerings on the market despite its shortcomings and the fact that most of its rivals have been moved to unibody structures. Well, it seems that Cadillac wants the Escalade to become a more luxurious and expensive car to allow it to compete with the likes of Bentley Bentayga or even the upcoming Rolls Cullinan. To do this, they would probably have to redesign the entire car and offer it based on completely new platform. But, not too long ago, they said that the next generation Escalade will still be a body-on-frame design, meaning that it will keep its tow rating and its excellent off-road capabilities unchanged, but it will likely not be able to compete with the two cars we mentioned above.
2017 Cadillac Escalade Price
We, as many other people, thought that the 2017 Cadillac Escalade would be the first step towards that all new model, but this doesn’t seem to be true considering that the 2017 update will likely only come with a few visual changes as well as an upgraded interior. The running gear will likely remain unchanged while its price should still hover around $73,000 for a base model. The new version will probably be released by the end of the year while the revised Escalade many are talking will be offered to the market sometime after 2018.
Engine wise, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade has been rumored to stick with its current 6.2 liters naturally aspirated V8, an engine which still manages to beat Ford’s EcoBoost offerings with ease. This currently makes 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque and while it may not be the most fuel-efficient model in its class with its 17 MPG on average, the Escalade certainly is one of the faster ones. The 2017 model will likely use the same eight-speed gearbox as the ongoing generation, so not much will change.
However, while the base model will stick with the old V8, some of us expect the new Escalade to feature an optional engine which will be available sometime after the initial launch. This will likely be their 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which is now found on the ATS-V. This unit could solve the fuel consumption problem by offering about 20 mpg on average while not losing anything. In fact, the V6 could provide well over 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque while being able to deliver more torque at a lower RPM than the V8. Not so long ago hybrid was also in the lineup, and we hope to see it again even before the next generation comes.
Regarding design, the 2017 Cadillac Escalade will again borrow details from the XT5 crossover or CT6 sedan. This means that its front end will receive the well-known and good looking, headlights which are elongated towards the bumper with fog lamps. This would make the Escalade look a bit more athletic while keeping its tall hood unchanged. The back will likely get new LED tail lights as well but nothing more. Rumors about the possible V6 model brings us info that it could get new wheels and different grille in order to become more aerodynamic.
Inside the cabin, the Escalade will continue to offer the same luxurious and comfortable interior as before. Also, because this will basically be a carried over model and not an entirely new model, the car will continue to offer a lot of space, very important, especially in a class where some of its competitors started to provide the car-like interior with less room than before. Further down the line, the 2017 model will receive GM’s latest infotainment unit as well as an upgraded automatic cruise control system.
Even the base version of the 2017 Cadillac Escalade brings an impressive level of features and quality but if you want most in this segment you certainly should check out what the Platinum trim level brings. With a base price of almost $90k, this version is more than impressive with equipment like chromed site steps, 22-inch wheels, illuminated door handles, front and rear park assist, blind side, lane change, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and similar. The leather is standard even on entry level models but for Platinum trim, you are getting seats with small perforated accents giving it even higher luxury feel.