Cadillac Escalade: Escalating Sublimation Or There Is Always A Reason To Buy A Big Car

The black Escalade glittering in the sun glare on huge chrome wheels is the dream of budding rappers, future sports stars and other social groups of the American population who have not yet proved everything to this world.

Cadillac Escalade: Escalating Sublimation Or There Is Always A Reason To Buy A Big Car

He also has admirers in Russia: here Escalade became famous long before it began to be sold officially. At the same time - no advertising and only the warmest reviews from happy owners in an informal setting.

Today every Cadillac seller prays for Escalade: this bestseller is the creator of a third of the brand's sales in Russia.

Size matters for both America and Russia.

We have big cars - still the best compensation for other shortcomings. In Europe, by contrast, executive sedans and large SUVs are less in demand.

They consume an unreasonable amount of euros with their expenses, and in addition to this, they emit a lot of harmful substances into the environment. In addition, on cramped European streets, two oncoming Escalades will not disperse everywhere. And the ability of a car to drive onto a sidewalk or climb a 20-centimeter curb is not interesting in the West.

Cadillac Escalade: Escalating Sublimation Or There Is Always A Reason To Buy A Big Car

Cadillac Escalade: Escalating Sublimation Or There Is Always A Reason To Buy A Big Car

They are fined for this, and indeed it is not accepted.

In our latitudes, seeing a proud emblem grille and a pair of harsh xenon trapezoids in the rearview mirror, few people will not rush to take it to the right.

We can testify: they shied away from us.

Prices

Basic configuration: 2 499 325 rub.
Maximum configuration: 2 757 610 rubles.

Well, that is why queues line up for Escalade ... SUVs can be faster, but 6. 2-liter V8 engine eats so much fuel for a reason.

By the way, with an enviable appetite: the on-board computer screen 10 minutes after starting the engine showed 45 l / 100 km! But this is on completely new copies - at the end of the running-in, the consumption should be reduced to reasonable limits.

For the Escalade, this limit is 20-25 l / 100 km. The 403-horsepower aluminum alloy engine is equipped not only with a 100-liter rapidly emptying tank, but also with a variable valve timing control system. It accelerates an almost three-ton giant to 100 km / h in 7.5 s.

I didn’t expect such agility from the giant ...

True, the Escalade can be fired up only by treating the right pedal as if it were an unextinguished cigarette butt. If you step on the gas gradually, the engine kickback will not inspire, and overtaking will take longer than we would like.

And this is not surprising, because the SUV weighs more than 2,600 kg!

By the way, not only accelerating dynamics, but also braking ones suffer from excess weight. The left pedal should not be used softer than the right pedal, otherwise you may drive past your stop.

The new 6.2-liter engine is paired with the new Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission. It's great: gears flip almost imperceptibly, without pauses when going up or down.

Cadillac Escalade: Escalating Sublimation Or There Is Always A Reason To Buy A Big Car

Cadillac Escalade: Escalating Sublimation Or There Is Always A Reason To Buy A Big Car

Using the buttons on the steering column of the Driver Shift Con84ol, you can operate the transmission in semi-automatic mode, changing gears independently. But personally, I doubt the need for such a system on the Escalade ...

The following systems are responsible for active safety in Cadillac: traction control, dynamic stabilization StabiliTrak and electronically controlled Road Sensing Sus71ension.

There are only complaints about behavior on slippery roads: poor cooperation of tires and stabilization systems can easily lead to driving past a bend. But in the emergency braking mode on asphalt, the ABS selects the effective caliper effort very precisely. On a smooth and level surface, the car stands stably and confidently on the road. You sit, which is nice, very high above the road.

Nearby are not dwarfs at all - Audi Q7, BMW X5, pickups and SUVs, but all of them from the Escalade interior seem to be something quite tiny and insignificant .

.. And yet the most optimal place in Cadillac is the rear sofa.

Cadillac Escalade 6. 2 automatic transmission

Specifications: manufacturer's data

Dimensions (length / width / height) 5 143/2 007 mm / 1887 mm
Ground clearance 212 mm
Engine displacement and power 6.

2 l (403 hp)

Acceleration to 100 km / h 6. 8 s
Maximum speed 180 km / h
Average fuel consumption 14. 6 l / 100 km

Firstly, because the steering is clearly not sharpened for the driver: the relationship between the steering wheel and the front wheels is carefully hidden from the driver, and such a colossus in the stream is not a pleasure for everyone.

The main reason for the advantage of this part of the cabin is the rear suspension.

The standard Road Sensing Sus144ension system allows shock absorbers to react instantly to changes in road profile, making any road problems felt much less at the back than at the front.

Cadillac Escalade: Escalating Sublimation Or There Is Always A Reason To Buy A Big Car

The "gallery" will be able to comfortably accommodate three adult passengers: it will not be cramped. If they get bored from a measured drive, as an option, you can install a display on the ceiling, which displays the signal from a DVD player or TV.

In America, the Escalade is the "icon" of the national auto industry, proof of the immortality of the "American Dream". In Europe, buying such a Cadillac is a good way to stand out: you probably won't find a second one within a radius of 100 km.

None of these reasons work in Russia.

But as long as the Caddy remains the largest SUV on the market, the popular trail to showrooms will not grow ...

COMPARE

CAR

Cadillac Escalade

Range Rover

Mercedes-Benz GL

START OF SALES

2006

2005

2006

ENGINES, L

6. 2 (403)

3.

6TDI (271)
4. 2 (396)
4. 4 (306)

4. 7 (340)
5. 5 (388)

PRICE, RUB.

2,499,000
-
2,757,610

3,000,000
-
3,610,000

3 234 000
-
3 706 500

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