The Cadillac Escalade is one desirable and lucrative vehicle: not only is the full-size prestige luxury SUV an item of lust the world over, but it’s also believed to be the most profitable vehicle for General Motors and for Cadillac. After receiving some welcome updates for the 2017 model year such, as the Cadillac Rear Camera Mirror, Forward Automatic Braking, Teen Driver, Rear Seat Reminder, and various changes to equipment groups and trim levels, the Escalade and Escalade ESV are getting more welcome updates for 2018.
On the outside, the 2018 Escalade does away with two colors while adding one new one:
- Deep Amethyst Metallic
- Silver Coast Metallic
- Satin Steel Metallic; available at extra charge; no additional charge on Platinum
The only other change to the exterior is the addition of new 22-inch, 12-spoke polished wheels as option on the Platinum trim level.
Inside, the 2018 Escalade replaces two color combinations with two new ones:
Deleted Interior Color Combinations:
- Shale with Cocoa accents
- Tuscan Brown
New Interior Color Combinations:
- Shale with Jet Black accents on Escalade (base), Luxury and Premium Luxury trim levels
- Maple Sugar with Jet Black accents on Platinum trim level only
What’s more, the 2018 model’s cabin gets a revamped center console with deeper and wider cup holders and improved bin lighting. The seat memory switches on the door trim are repositioned to be higher on the door panel for easier access. There’s also a new console bin organizer.
On the technology side, the Escalade sees an update to its Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control, which can now resume and engage from stop. It can now also be switchable to Regular Cruise Control.
Also added is the new Tire Fill Alert as part of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
Arguably the biggest change is mechanical: as we reported previously, the 2018 Escalade replaces the 8-speed automatic transmission with the new GM 10-speed automatic 10L80 unit, which is electronically controlled and features overdrive, tow/haul mode and tap up/tap down shifting.
The 2018 Escalade sees the addition of two new accessories:
- A performance front brake kit, which features red Brembo 6-piston calipers with DuraLife rotors that feature a hardened surface to reduce corrosion and provide quieter braking with less vibration; this accessory was actually introduced late in the 2017 model year for the 2017 Cadillac Escalade
- A new cargo area organizer
What Didn’t Make The Cut
Those (like us) hoping to see a high-performance Escalade V-Sport or Escalade-V will be disappointed, as such a model doesn’t appear to be in the cards for the 2018 model year. And given that the next Cadillac Escalade on the GM T1 platform is right around the corner, we would say that the chances of such a model being introduced at this point in time are slim to none.
The 2018 Cadillac Escalade is built at the GM Arlington factory in Texas alongside other SUVs on the GM K2 platform, including the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2018 Chevrolet Suburban, 2018 GMC Yukon, and 2018 GMC Yukon XL.
The updates and changes described here are specific to the U.S. market and may be different for other markets.
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