The 2020 Cadillac Escalade was recently recognized as the Off-Road Vehicle of the Year by a magazine in Russia.
The Escalade was voted in by a group of experts plucked from a selection of automotive blogs, who determined a winner based on driving characteristics and value. The accolade was handed out by the Russian magazine Club 4×4 as part of its annual professional awards series, which has been ongoing for the past 15 years.
Entries were divided into two categories, SUVs and crossovers, based on vehicle size. The Cadillac Escalade was evaluated in the full-size SUV category, which grouped together vehicles longer than 4,900 mm (16 feet) and over two metric tons (4,409 pounds).
The Escalade went up against seven other competing nameplates in the full-size SUV category, including standouts like the Audi Q7, BMW X7, Lexus GX, and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
“It’s nice to know that the Cadillac Escalade is still relevant, as it is a true legend in the automotive market,” said Director of Marketing and Public Relations at General Motors Russia, Olga Burlakova, in a press release translated from Russian. “Recognition in the blogosphere is of great value to us, and we thank the jury for this award!”
The all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade has not yet gone on sale in Russia. As such, judges gave the award to the previous-generation 2020 Cadillac Escalade, which still had the right stuff to best rival products from Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz.
As such, assuming the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade does eventually arrive in Russia, we expect it to perform well when evaluated by judges for next year’s award. That said, Cadillac has not yet officially announced whether or not the 2021 Escalade will actually be sold in Russia, but considering the automaker’s continuing expansion in the region, which includes sale of the Cadillac XT4 and Cadillac XT6 crossovers, it’s probably a pretty safe bet.
As a reminder, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade rides on the new GM T1 platform, and features a new independent rear suspension, as well as a plethora of new technology in the cabin, such as a 38-inch OLED widescreen display on the dash.
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