Caddy Escalade heads for Blighty
19 July 2006

Never mind Ford’s call for cleaner cars, Cadillac is bringing its whopping new 2007 model-year Escalade to the UK, and it’s at the motor show to give us a taster.

If you find the Range Rover too small but the Hummer too militaristic, this could be the SUV for you. Available in the UK from September in left-hand-drive form only, the Escalade packs a 6.2-litre V8 producing 398bhp and 417lb ft, which helps to fire it to 60mph in 6.8sec.

Inside, there’s leather everywhere, and plenty of slightly nasty-looking wood. There are individual seats for six, the rear two folding away.

Bafflingly, the Escalade qualifies as a ‘Low Emissions Vehicle’ in California, but while fuel consumption of 19.8mpg average might be good for a 6.2-litre V8 propelling a huge SUV, it’s hardly frugal.

Still, that’s unlikely to worry prospective purchasers - a Cadillac spokesman said they expect to sell around “20 to 30 a year, mostly to footballers.”

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