Special Platinum Edition includes 22-inch chrome wheels plus heated and cooled cupholders

Cadillac has launched a more luxurious version of its large Escalade SUV: the Platinum Edition.

The company’s new addition for European customers is described as offering "the next step in luxuriously appointed Cadillac interiors with cut, sewn and wrapped leather and soft and inviting naturally finished Tehama aniline leather seats".

See the official pics of the Cadillac Escalade Platinum Edition

It also features a host of extras on top of the standard version, including a rear-seat entertainment system with DVD, a power-assisted step and 22-inch chrome wheels. Adding to its luxurious theme are heated and cooled front cupholders.

Priced at £69,724, the Platinum Escalade is on sale now, although currently only available to UK customers in Manchester at its Bauer Millett & Company dealership.

Cadillac also produces a hybrid version of the Escalade, which mates a 6.0-litre V8 petrol engine to an electric motor, producing 332bhp. Read Autocar's first drive of the Cadillac Escalade hybrid

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23 November 2010

So, let the onslaught of naive negative comments begin. From those who will never see it in person, take it on a test drive, or need a large SUV for whatever purpose.

Are there smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles available, of course. Do some people need a larger SUV, and want something different from the masses, yes. Does it handle like a sports car, no. Can it haul lot's of people and "stuff", yes. And that's it's purpose, for those people who can't figure it out.


Don D

23 November 2010

[quote Autocar]The company’s new addition for European customers [/quote]

This is the problem right here. Makes perfect sense accross the pond , but very little sense in Europe.

23 November 2010

[quote shomann]Can it haul lot's of people and "stuff", yes. [/quote]

No, it can't. In fact, it's comically cramped inside for its bulk. And yes, I have seen & driven it. It's ghastly in every conceivable way.

23 November 2010

Priced at £69,724, the Platinum Escalade is on sale now, although currently only available to UK customers in Manchester at its Bauer Millett & Company dealership.

Cadillac also produces a hybrid version of the Escalade, which mates a 6.0-litre V8 petrol engine to an electric motor, producing 332bhp.

Excellent Cadillac.

They successfully identified their UK target market with outstanding accuracy and as an added bonus even their highly trained technicians have unbelievably managed to extract even more hidden power from the behemoth six litre V8 power plant.

I am most impressed also with the overall quality, which are made of 100% polyester with embossed "CADDY" on the breastpocket and can be found under the spare wheel (spacesaver) next to the disposable gloves and first aid kit. The upgrading of the interior plastics was long overdue and i am pleased Cadillac have addressed this issue even if it has caused 2 redundancies in Cardiff at the Wheelie bin factory.

The Hybrid version is expected to be a huge success Stateside as the technicians have managed to twin the V8 up to a Doughnut Making machine in the dashboard, I was stunned to hear that this is an industry first in the USA and was convinced that Mad Mike did it first on Pimp My Ride with West Coast Customs.

Good job.

I am a bit gutted that it won't take 28" rims though.

If this sells 50 units here, then I will Xibit my ass in Asda's window.

24 November 2010

[quote Eric van Spelde]No, it can't. In fact, it's comically cramped inside for its bulk[/quote]

[quote Eric van Spelde]I have seen & driven it[/quote]

Really?? Having actually been in one, the escalade is massive inside.I dare say that it is the only Fulll size 4x4 that a full sized adult can climb in the back and be comfortable in. Yes you may say the dsicovery, but to get in teh rear seats in the disco you have to either jump in through the boot or collapse the middle seat row. In the escalade, to get in the back, you merely enter through the normal side doors and walk down the centre of the cabin sort of private jet style. No climbing or folding seats. You dont have to get everyone off the middle row to release the rear passengers.

The escalade is huge inside and pretty comfortable as well. Aside from the fact you have to park it when you arrive, it makes an escellent car for motorway cruising.

24 November 2010

If the Brits made this SUV you would all love it, instead the Brits make the Land Rover which has the worst reliability of any mass produced SUV in the world, but you nuts still love it because it is made in England .

24 November 2010

Ooh the extra I have been pining for heated and cooled cupholders . Arabs love these cars and for the life of me I cant think why .

Ah I have got it they love bling .

Isnt this thing just a chevy tahoe anyway with extra bling . Cars like this invite derisory comments as they are so out of step with good design . Oh and the price is a joke .

24 November 2010

[quote frankpcb] If the Brits made this SUV you would all love it, instead the Brits make the Land Rover which has the worst reliability of any mass produced SUV in the world, but you nuts still love it because it is made in England [/quote]

Honestly? Seriously. You dare compare the brilliant sophistication of a Range Rover with this over blinged up Chevy Tahoe? You cannot be serious. This Caddy weighs well over three tonnes, has an unsophistcated petrol V8 under the bonnet, its interor quality is shamed by a Fiat 500 and is can be specced in the US with Two wheel drive only.

I totaaly disagree with your comment.

And i'm not British!

24 November 2010

[quote fhp11]I dare say that it is the only Fulll size 4x4 that a full sized adult can climb in the back and be comfortable in.[/quote]

Really? I'm 1.89m (6'2.5"or thereabouts) and I had to sit knees-up in the second row. For such a comically large vehicle, it's more than a bit cramped inside.

That other, not quite so huge SUVs are (almost) equally bad only serves to show the breed up as the packaging disasters they are.

And for a motorway slog, I vastly prefer well, basically any regular car to something that requires constant corrections through a steering wheel that gives no feedback at all, only to keep it going in a straight line. To make it pass roadworks areas without quasi bullying the cars in the next lane off the road (let alone get past lorries) takes far more concentration than it should, too. ;)


24 November 2010

Im sorry, a 6.0 V8 and an electric motor... and less power than the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe.. with a 3 litre straight six.. the americans are pathetic!

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