Thursday, November 10, 2005

2007 Escalade Goes Public

There it is.

Last night, at their celebrity-studded "Escalade On Rodeo" event in Beverly Hills, GM unveiled the all-new, 403-horsepower Cadillac Escalade.

Here's the skinny:

  • All-new distinctive exterior design
  • All-new spacious interior with superior refinement
  • Powerful 6.2L all-aluminum small-block V-8 with VVT rated at 403 hp (301 kw)
  • Efficient six-speed automatic transmission with Drive Shift Control
  • Stronger frame chassis with responsive coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering for the best ride and handling in the segment
  • Standard roof-mounted head curtain side air bags and StabiliTrak stability control system with new rollover mitigation technology
  • New radio family, including available navigation radio with touch-screen control
  • A myriad of luxury features including factory installed 22" chrome wheels, climate controlled front seats, power fold and tumble 2nd row seats, remote start, power articulating running boards, power liftgate and IntelliBeam headlamps
  • Enhanced four-wheel disc brake system
Here's a shot of the interior, which finally befits a vehicle this expensive:

The Escalade makes it's public debut tomorrow in Miami Beach at the South Florida International Auto Show.

To see the full gallery of photos released by GM, check out Autoweek.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

2007 Escalade To Be Revealed Friday

GM will unveil the all-new 2007 Cadillac Escalade this Friday, November 11th, at the South Florida International Auto Show in Miami Beach.

The General has been building anticipation for this new Escalade for some time now, going so far as to interview entertainment and sports professionals about what they'd like to see in the new version of the truck as part of the development process. All signs point to a knockout, maximum-bling aspirational vehicle which should be a big success for Cadillac.

I, for one, believe that in GM's case, the recent decline in truck sales has as much to do with stale product as it does gas prices. Listen, everyone paying attention knew that come '07, GM was updating its entire truck line. Why spring for an '06 when you can wait a little longer and get a much better all-around product in a year from now?

When you consider how excellent the '07 Tahoe and Yukon appear to be, the big Caddy should be mighty impressive indeed.

South Beach, the mecca for all things beautiful and ostentatious, is the perfect place to have it make it's debut. I can't wait.