The Cadillac Escalade nameplate has been around since the late ‘90s, with the latest fifth generation dropping in for the 2021 model year. Over the decades, the Escalade has become a true icon of the luxury world, and now, one digital artist is reimagining the second-gen model as a slammed custom.
Coming to us from automotive designer Abimelec Arellano (@abimelecdesign), this 2004 Cadillac Escalade rendering combines a variety of different influences to create something unique. The first thing to grab us is the stance, with the second-gen Escalade sitting right on the pavement thanks to a generous suspension drop. The tires are neatly tucked up under the fenders, while the side steps look to be millimeters off the ground.
Another really important feature of this Cadillac Escalade rendering is the wheels. These particular rollers are Japanese in origin, specifically Work Wheels’ three-piece Meister M1s, which show a polished lip and gold inner spokes. The motorsport-influenced design adds some sportiness to the equation, and definitely helps this SUV show off. Michelin rubber provides the stick.
Moving on to the body, we find the chunky, boxy styling of the GMT800-based Cadillac Escalade, with big, blocky headlights and a broad, horizontally oriented grille making up the front fascia. The headlight clusters incorporate black inner graphics, which lines up with black detailing for the fog lights and trim, plus the tinted windows. The taillights get a dark red finish that flows well with the bright red paint covering the exterior body panels.
The look definitely has the potential to turn some heads, and, as several fans point out in the comments, recalls period-correct racing games like Midnight Club 3 thanks to the slammed stance and aggressive multi-piece wheels. While the look most certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the folks that know will surely appreciate this particular style.
Check out the full series of rendering images below:
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