General Motors has announced that it has reached an agreement with Unison SP ZAO to assemble the new, fourth-generation K2XX-platformed Cadillac Escalade in Minsk, Belarus for the Russian and CIS markets. The vehicles produced at the site will be assembled from semi knocked-down (SKD) kits, joining the SKD-assembled fourth-generation Chevrolet Tahoe at the facility.
According to GM, the Unison plant has a modern production line and the staff has been trained in accordance with GM’s global production and quality control standards.
As other markets, the Russian- and CIS-market Escalade will be powered by GM’s 6.2L L86 V8 EcoTec3 engine and feature the vaunted Magnetic Ride Control suspension system. What will be different about the Escalade in Russia and the CIS, however, is that the vehicles will be offered exclusively as 4×4 models. In addition, the extended-length Escalade ESV will be offered for the first time for the Russia and CIS markets.
In Russia, the fourth-gen Escalade will carry a base price of 4.34 million Rubles while the Escalade ESV will start at 4.59 million Rubles. That’s $76,964 USD and $81,398 USD by today’s conversion rates, respectively.