By on November 28, 2018

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General Motors’ full-size, body-on-frame SUVs are growing long in the tooth, but man, are they popular. It helps that The General keeps finding ways of sweetening the pot here and there, all while ticking the MSRP slightly skyward. By all accounts, it’s a mutually beneficial relationship between consumer and manufacturer.

Last year brought the RST (Rally Sport Truck) versions of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, which GM followed up with this year’s appearance of an extra half-step of luxury in the form of the “Premier Plus” trim. For the extra expenditure, customers gained newfound access to the company’s coveted 6.2-liter V8 and refined 10-speed automatic.

Cadillac Escalade buyers don’t have that desire, as the top-flight powertrain comes standard in all trim levels. They might, however, wish to look meaner. And Cadillac’s banking that they’ll pay more for the privilege.

What else can be said about the new Sport Edition package, which appears as a $2,700 option on the Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trim levels of Caddy’s biggest offering? Well, a description might be in order. Going Sport really means going black — the gloss shade covers all of the normally shiny bits on this vehicle, right down to the wheels.

It’s a tastefully murdered-out SUV for those looking for greater cover of darkness. According to Steve Carlisle, Cadillac’s relatively new president, the Sport Edition emerged “in response to customer and dealer demand for a dark and aggressive look.” Recording artists, take note.

And about those wheels: they’re 22-inchers, finished in Midnight Silver. The finish is unique, while the size would be optional on an Escalade of any spec. Customers can apply the blacked-out treatment to their Escalade regardless of whether power flows to all four wheels or just the rear — the only configuration not chosen for Sport Edition goodness is the base Standard trim.

Pricing starts at $84,790, including destination, for an Escalade Sport Edition in 2WD Luxury guise, rising from there. Cadillac doesn’t specifically mention whether long-wheelbase ESV models are eligible for the upgrade, so we assume they are. An extra $2,700 is an extra $2,700, after all.

Orders begin in the first quarter of 2019.

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22 Comments on “2019 Cadillac Escalade Sport Edition: A New Way of Boosting BOF Margins...”

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    Sure. Why not.

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    This is a vehicle critics hate but many customers love. It is the automotive equivalent of these Friday the 13th films that critics loath, but fans line up to see. Auto enthusiasts cringe at the site of an Escalade, but its fans are willing to pay $70,000 for this crudely engineered vehicle. They even overlook the cheap interior that has less tactical feel than anything seem in a Fiat 500. If GM can get away charging over $70,000 for a substandard vehicle more power to them. At least Lincoln is trying with their latest full size SUVs. The Navigator does have a very nice interior.

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    Kinda like the one the guys in Houston customized on “Texas Metal”, but they also added a supercharger and intercooler.

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    “The Escalade falls down on the fundamentals as a luxury SUV; it rides too stiffly and can’t stop or handle with the grace of its peers. Despite casting a massive shadow, the Cadillac is not even that roomy inside. The second-row seats aren’t very comfortable, and the third row is cramped. For those who want more room, a longer ESV version that provides more cargo space is available. The Cue infotainment system is confounding. The real strength of the Escalade lies in its work abilities, with a powerful 420-hp V8 engine and impressive tow capacity. A new 10-speed automatic transmission replaced the eight-speed unit in 2018. We consider a well-trimmed Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon XL to be a smarter buy.”

    Consumer Reports (Only the Mirage and Fiat 500 got lower numeric scores)

    What a disgrace!

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    Oh Great here we go with the BS about this truck, yes TRUCK. it’s an f’ing truck. take your comments across the pond(and yourself if you dont like it)this is a Cadillac, the last true Cadillac. some of you just don’t get it and thats fine. dont start with the BS. I don’t have a problem with an upscale Chevy. And this truck is far tougher than any Porche,Audi,Bentley,jaguar and more reliable to boot.

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    I was lunchtime searching for a blacked out Escalade just like this on my local dealer’s website yesterday. This would look great parked next to my Crystal White CTS-V in my garage.

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    Taking that baby home up here in Canuckistan would require writing a cheque, well north of a $100 K. CAN. .
    If I had that sort of money to spend, I’d order one tomorrow !

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    “Sport” is an overused label in automotive marketing. No matter how fast it goes, an Escalade is no sports car.
    The should make about two dozen of these, for the next crop of NBA players with signing bonus checks to spend on something flashy.

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    Finally something for the current “murdered out” Dodge Magnum crowd to buy when the Cadillac trickles down to the BHPH lot.

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    This is the ONE Cadillac you see in the nicer Burbs, but ONLY the current model. In the best Detroit fashion (literally) last year’s model is nowhere….and I always see them driven by a tiny woman in a Canada Goose down Jacket and high leather boots, expensive hair and an iPhone.

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