The Cadillac Escalade may not be a common sight in Europe, but there still is a market for an ultra-premium SUV in the European continent and vicinity. If you happen to live in Germany, the cost of entry for a 2015 Escalade will set you back €94,500 (approximately $122,457).
Despite European roads that aren’t the friendliest to the broad-shouldered Caddy, the Escalade will offer an extended-length iteration (the ESV) for the European market for the first time. Both versions will come standard with Magnetic Ride Control and offer two industry firsts: a front seat center-mounted air bag and Total Internal Reflection LED high-beam function. Cadillac claims the front seat center-mounted air bag is aimed at providing additional protection to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes (where the passenger is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle).
“The Escalade is the pinnacle of the Cadillac portfolio and will once again prove to be extremely desirable among premium SUV buyers,” says President and Managing Director of Cadillac and Chevrolet Europe, Thomas Sedran.
The headlamps incorporate a LED high-beam function which consists of four vertically stacked crystal lenses and LEDs, giving the Escalade distinction beyond its form on the roads of Europe.
The upscale Escalade Platinum Collection is designed to provide passengers with comfort and convenience rivaling the best of Europe. Standard heated and cooled 18-way power front seats include a massaging function for the driver, while rear passengers get a pair of seven-inch LCD screens embedded in the front head rests (supplement the overhead nine-inch screen), among other premium touches. Escalade Platinum models are distinguished by chrome accents, specific exterior badging, and a unique grille mesh design.