The Cadillac Escalade has gone from being a badge-engineered version of the Chevrolet Tahoe to the pride of GM’s fleet. Here are a few key moments from its history.
1 – The Escalade debuted a year after the Lincoln Navigator in 1999, began outselling it in 2001 and has had the best of its rival on the charts ever since.
2 – The 2002-2013 Escalade EXT was Cadillac’s first pickup truck, and featured a short cargo bed that could be extended into the passenger cabin.
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3 – The Escalade hasn’t been offered with an all-electric powertrain, but was available as a hybrid with a 6.0-liter V8 from 2009 to 2013 that got 20 mpg combined, compared to the conventional 6.2-liter V8’s 15 mpg rating.
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4 – The Cadillac “Beast” presidential state car that entered service with Obama’s inauguration incorporated Escalade headlights into its faux-sedan design.
5 – The 2021 Escalade is the first with a fully-independent suspension system, a feature the Navigator has had since 2003 aimed at improving ride quality and interior space.