By on August 14, 2013

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While GM’s next-generation SUVs are slated to debut at September’s Texas State Fair, the Cadillac Escalade will get its own launch event in New York City.

Instead, the Escalade will be revealed on October 7th in the Big Apple. There have been conflicting reports over the past year regarding the new truck’s direction. We’ve heard that it will be both more ostentatious and more reserved. October 7th will be the moment of truth.

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63 Comments on “Cadillac Escalade To Debut In New York City...”


  • avatar
    philadlj

    One thing is certain: There Will Be Chrome.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Lordy Lordy please don’t ruin it.

    Oh who am I kidding it will probably have cyclinder deactivation, some crappy IRS, and be based off a car platform.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      I think you can count on it being on the new GM truck platform.

      Modern cylinder deactivation is not a bad thing, it can improve highway fuel economy without any significant downsides. (No, the V8-6-4 does not count as “modern.”)

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        Cyclinder deactivation has yet to produce a variety that hasn’t had complaints of oil consumption, the gains are so minimal that the cost of the equipment to the savings in MPG is nonexistent, add to that the tons of reliability complaints, and your losing a lot of previous GM customers. The straight 6.2 and for that matter all LSX engines without cyclinder deactivation are something of extreme reliability and upgradability, their cheap, light weight, what’s not to love, why kill a good thing?

        • 0 avatar
          CobraJet

          I didn’t know this about GM cylinder de-activation engine problems until today when I took the company pick-up in for an oil change. The dealer service manager asked about the 09 Silverado with the 5.3. He asked if I had any oil consumption issues. I said no, why do you ask. He said they are doing repairs on about 2 per week that have excessive oil usage.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            Yea, it’s been pretty bad, they thought they fixed it in 2010 with better oil rings on the pistons, but no dice.
            I believe it has been a massive failure, if I wanted a 4 cyclinder I would buy them, but these people are buying V8s, many tune out the cyclinder deactivation in hopes of not experiencing the problems, there’s also the deal with aftermarket exhausts.

          • 0 avatar
            doctor olds

            GM Powertrain released a Tech Service Bulletin to address oil consumption on the AFM 5.3L The system was released in 2007.

            http://www.silveradosierra.com/vortec-5-3l-v8/tsb-10-06-01-008g-engine-oil-consumption-jan-2013-t70745.html

            This is not a fundamental flaw in the AFM system. Repairs are relatively minor- a rocker cover and internal oil deflector change, apparently, and covered by the 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      No one that owns a Cadillac Escalade tows with it anyways so why not have an IRS and have it based on a car platform. Haven’t you ever noticed the Caddys come with a nice cover that hides the reciever hitch because the owners wouldn’t have a clue what that hole in their rear bumper is for anyways.

      • 0 avatar
        Flybrian

        Not for nothing, but selling more than a handful of late-model pre-owned luxury cars and SUVs, I can say for a fact that there is a good percentage of the Escalade/Land Rover/Navigator set that actually tow and haul. Lexus/Infiniti? BMW? Not so much.

        • 0 avatar
          Carlson Fan

          When i was out snowmobiling in the Black Hills a few years back I did see a fairly large and heavy enclosed snowmobile trailer being pulled by a Tahoe sized Escalade Hybrid of alll things. And in MN during the summer you do see them pulling boats, usually one of those $80K Malibu or MasterCraft wakeboard jobs with towers full of speakers.

      • 0 avatar
        Vojta Dobeš

        A friend of mine has a long Escalade and uses to tow stuff pretty regularly – either his hobby cars (he has a bunch of old Mopars), or construction equipment at his job.

        • 0 avatar
          doctor olds

          GM VP of North American Vehicle engineering commuted from the west side of Lansing- an hour and half from his office at the GM Tech Center in Warren.

          He chose Escalade EXT for his commute above any other vehicle. He could have driven anything he wanted.

          Another buddy who made and lost fortunes as an Entrepreneur and CEO, is a handyman working out of the bed of his Black Esc EXT, too. I wonder what impression that makes on his customers.

          I squint my eyes while driving my Sierra Extended cab so I can imagine it is an Escalade! lol
          The SUVs ride much, much better than the pickups, though.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        Not sure if your talking about one person in particular, but the few people I know with escalades all tow with them, but of course they all own businesses as well.

        Why kill a good thing, although by that same reasoning, you must be pretty happy that BMW no longer builds for performance but rather for the name. Just because a few people don’t use a vehicle as intended doesn’t mean that the vehicle use type needs to change.

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        “why not have an IRS and have it based on a car platform.”

        It’s called the Cadillac SRX.

  • avatar
    redliner

    That teaser makes it look like it will have a front end theme similar to the Ciel concept.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      I liked the Ciel, despite being generally un-interested in luxury cars and what they stand for.

      And I liked the Ciel for only for one reason: the front looks like a machine, and has no hidden smiley face.

      If the new Escalade skips the Lightning McQueen grin, there will be something that I will genuinely like about it. :-)

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Indie Rock Photographer, Autumn de Wilde… (eye roll)

    Too bad Jimmie Fallon already signed up with the Lincoln Motor Company!

    Its a big old gaudy Cadillac, why not just get Don Draper to do the introduction? (No I don’t mean Jon Hamm, I mean Jon Hamm as his character Don Draper. No “breaking character” allowed.)

  • avatar
    OliverTwist

    Hmm, the teaser photo above also appeared on the book cover that was published on 6 November 2012, almost a year ago…

    http://www.amazon.com/Cadillac-110-Years-Transport-Assouline/dp/1614280835/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1376498418&sr=8-4&keywords=cadillac

  • avatar
    olddavid

    The friends I have still working on the front lines are proud of the stuff they’re flogging for the Cadillac brand these days. In the 70′s, I briefly worked with an old-school gentleman who quickly corrected me when I said I was heading to a meeting with the “Caddy” boys. He said, “David, a caddy is someone who carries your clubs when golfing. A Cadillac is a fine motorcar”. This pride of product seems to be making a comeback. I hope they maintain the momentum with this Escalade. If they could just take the professionalism epitomized by the late Mr. Dickinson and apply it dealership wide, imagine the coup they could claim in the industry. Buying a Cadillac would again be something to look forward to. Amway and their MLM ilk would again bring the sheep to play in the aspirational showrooms after their revival meetings.

  • avatar
    Waterview

    I would weep openly if Cadillac would only give us an Escalade with the design/interior restraint of a well-equipped Range Rover and the mechanical reliability of a Chevy truck. It would be pleasant to consider owning a luxury SUV beyond the expiration of the warranty.

    • 0 avatar
      KixStart

      In which case, you should contact your local Lexus dealer.

    • 0 avatar

      it’s an appealing concept, and the current one’s interior is pretty darn nice/refined as it is, but just tone down the crazy rap-star exterior.

      • 0 avatar
        Waterview

        +1

        I do love the Lexus, but desperately want to stay with something domestic (or at least with something that’s assembled in the U.S.). GM’s got the drivetrain reliability part down cold. Just give me a higher quality of leather, substitute high quality wood for plastic, and include plenty of sound-deadening insulation. Oh, and keep the gaudy wreath/shield nonsense to a minimum on the exterior. That is all.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        I take issue with you calling that interior refined. It’s nice in an “acres of hard plasti-wood” sort of way. And refined in a “better than Silverado” sense.

    • 0 avatar
      FuzzyPlushroom

      The Yukon Denali basically fits the bill, no?

      • 0 avatar
        Waterview

        I ageee with CoreyDL — way too much plastic. The Yukon Denali is VERY close, but the quality of the seating leather is embarassing and the faux plastic-wood on the dash is an abomination. If they would simply use the refinement of a Range Rover as their inspriation, I think Cadillac would really have something worthwhile.

        • 0 avatar
          Carlson Fan

          Give me a break about the quality of the leather seating. The
          leather seats in our Tahoe are wearing better after 6 years than the ones in the Audi we leased prior after 3 years. And it has over 3 times as many miles on it.

          And who cares about real wood unless your talking floors in a home. i’d rather have imitation in a car/truck for a number of reasons as long as looks good.

          • 0 avatar
            Waterview

            It’s simply a matter of refinement as you go up the food chain. I too have a Tahoe and agree that the leather seating is appropriately durable. I don’t, however, expect to find acres of plastic and cheap wood in the Cadillac that costs $25,000 more. Quality leather at that price point doesn’t simly mean “durable”, it means a much higher grade of leather and stiching. For value and durability, the Tahoe is a great choice. But for luxury, there needs to be a clear differentiation in materials quality.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    This seems probable:

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/-CWFflwUxj5I/UOt03N8jsrI/AAAAAAAK-VM/74NGFQ0JH0c/s1600-h/2014%252520Cadillac%252520Escalade%25255B4%25255D.jpg

    Seems the ostentation hasn’t changed.

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      I find the present Escalade vulgar and crass. And since it is a sales success, that is exactly what the replacement should be. Just improve the quality of the materials and give it a unique dashboard.

  • avatar
    Kevin Kluttz

    It is still a stupid, ridiculous vehicle, simply a Chevrolet POS, for ridiculous, stupid people. And keep in mind, it’s still a GM.

  • avatar
    JaySeis

    Needs a log axle to haul the gravity challenged.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    Hopefully it won’t be nothing more than a tarted up Chevy Tahoe like the current generation. The current LTZ Tahoe is a much better looking and classier SUV IMHO. Plus it isn’t saddled with mileage robbing AWD and the lack of a low range.

  • avatar
    LeMansteve

    There’s something ironic about an “indie” photographer being used to promote a massive brand like Cadillac.

  • avatar

    Can’t wait to miss this reveal.

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    A posermobile. Buy a real luxury car and a real offroader instead of this mongrel.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      For the same price? An S/7/8 and a jeep? Suburbans make some fine off roaders. Four guys, eight shotguns, and 2 dogs; that kinda activity.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Offroad vehicle? Bahaha, would you also consider an AWD Lamborghini to be an offroad vehicle?
      What’s wrong with it as a luxury vehicle? It’s smooth, quite, well optioned, you sound like you just have a vendetta against GM.

      • 0 avatar
        Buckshot

        What’s wrong with it as a luxury vehicle? To use a SUV for a luxury vehicle is like go to a party in track shoes, it works but it tells people that you are a hillbilly and it´s ugly as fu*k. That goes for most of the SUVs. I don´t have a vendetta against anything. You sound like you get your paycheck from GM.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          My friend, you are one strange man, I’m guessing you’ve never been in an escalade, there pretty nice. Better than any CUV Europeans lux brands make.
          While I still believe you have something against GM, as this IS a beautiful truck, I’ll let it slide as jealousy.

          • 0 avatar
            doctor olds

            He obviously has never been in one. They are the “deep rides” of today, roomy and luxurious. Even the President likes to ride in the less plush variation.

          • 0 avatar
            Buckshot

            I have been in an Escalade and i don´t see what´s so special about this barge. Look up how many they sell in Europe, not many. For every Escalade sold in Germany, there are about 14 Audi Q7.

          • 0 avatar
            doctor olds

            Germans don’t choose them. So what?

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            Haha, can you not make your own opinions, do you rely on others to make decisions and just do what they do?
            When the Germans can build something that only needs filters, gas, oil, and tires in 100k, tell them to call me.

            In fact let me turn this around on you, have you ever been to Germany? Those roads are incredibly small, the fact Escalades do as well as they do on those cramped roads, with the massive taxes the truck suffers, is nothing short of a miracle.

            Can you even answer that?
            Expensive truck
            Massive taxation
            Rediculous fuel prices
            Massive size in comparison to the norm for Europeans
            Hard to park for people used to Porsches….

            And the thing actually sells, how is that not embarrassing to your whole argument?

  • avatar
    el scotto

    I hope the reveal is in Manhattan. Escalades aren’t bought to take four wheeling or do hot laps around VIR. They’re bought by the conspicuous consumption types. Showing off expensive rides drives this market. Just like Canali suits. No one needs one, but damn they look good.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    I’m actually pretty surprised how little we know about the new ‘Slade with just two months before its debut. We had pretty clear spy shots of the current-gen rig many months before it was officially unveiled. My guess is that they kept it a truck (not an extended-Lambda CUV), and like the Silverado, Tahoe, Sierra and Yukon, it will not be a dramatically different design. There’s only so much you can do with a big black-and-chrome two-box wagon…and the Infinity QX56 is what happens when you try to do too much.

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    “In fact let me turn this around on you, have you ever been to Germany?”
    Every year, and many more times than you have apparently.
    “Those roads are incredibly small, the fact Escalades do as well as they do on those cramped roads, with the massive taxes the truck suffers, is nothing short of a miracle.” You don´t know sh*t. Audi Q7 is about the same size.

    “And the thing actually sells, how is that not embarrassing to your whole argument?” 14 to 1 is not selling.
    You forgot to tell me that i have a vendetta towards GM?


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