The 2023 Cadillac Escalade is currently luxury marque’s most expensive and best-selling model, but GM has been struggling with production issues and bottlenecks that trace their roots to the COVID-19 pandemic for some time now. These supply chain problems have led Cadillac to pull some options on some vehicles and the 2023 Escalade has become the latest victim.
GM Authority has learned that the 22-Inch Multi-Spoke Polished alloy wheels with Dark Android Gloss finish (RPO code SEY) are no longer available to order, and they will not be available for the remainder of the 2023 model year. The SEY wheels were a $2,295 option on the Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum trim levels. The wheels were never an option on the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V.
This isn’t the first time Cadillac has pulled wheel options from the Escalade. As GM Authority reported last year, three 22-inch wheel options were removed from the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. The items involved were the 12-spoke Chrome alloy wheels (RPO SET), the Multi-Spoke polished alloy wheels with Dark Android Gloss finish (LPO SEY) and the 12-Spoke Gloss Black finish alloy wheels (LPO SSX). Only the SET wheel has been made unavailable again this time around.
The Escalade has been a strong seller in the luxury SUV space, commanding a dominant portion of the full-size luxury SUV segment. During the second quarter of 2022, Escalade deliveries accounted for 9,221 units for a 46 percent segment share. That’s a ten percentage point decrease versus the 56 percent share recorded during the year-ago quarter as production and ensuing availability issues limited sales volume.
Under the skin, the fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade rides on the GM T1 platform, with an independent rear suspension setup introduced in conjunction with the 2021 model year overhaul. Production of the 2023 Escalade kicked off at the GM Arlington plant in Texas on July 18th, 2022 and the online configurator tool is now live for the 2023 Escalade.