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Cadillac Escalade Year to Year Changes


New For 1999 Escalade
Cadillac introduced Escalade as a 1999 model in the fall of 1998 as the first vehicle in a multi-year, multi-product strategy to establish a credible presence in the sport-utility market. The addition of Escalade broadens the appeal of the Cadillac brand by building awareness, consideration and purchase appeal among younger, affluent customers, particularly women.

New for 2000 Escalade
Vertical cargo doors available (no-cost option)

New for 2001 Escalade
Receiving over 10 awards in 2001 - including "Most Appealing Luxury SUV" in the 2001 J.D. Power and Associates APEAL study, Escalade has taken its place as a leader in the luxury SUV market.

New for 2002 Escalade
For 2002, Escalade expands its offerings with three distinct versions: all-wheel drive, two-wheel drive and a Middle East export version. The eight-passenger Escalade, based on GM’s 1500 Series SUV, debuts in 2001 as a 2002 model. The '02 Escalade will be the first Cadillac to wear the updated wreath and crest emblem.
  • 345 hp high-output LQ9 V8 engine
  • StabiliTrak standard o Road Sensing Suspension System
  • 4L60-E HD transmission AWD
  • Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
  • OnStar personal calling and Virtual Advisor services
  • Electronic climate control
  • Optional sunroof o Bose® audio system
  • Reconfigurable Midgate™
  • Single load six-disc CD changer in dash
  • Seven-spoke wheels o Large, heated, memory, fold-away rearview mirrors
  • All-wheel-drive viscous transfer case

New for 2003 Escalade
  • Improved StabiliTrak, upgraded to a 4-channel system
  • StabiliTrak added to 2WD Escalade
  • Improved braking capability, better feel, quieter brake operation
  • Power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals with memory
  • New seat safety features, including early compliance to 2005 federal standards
  • Dual-level and passenger-sensing air bags
  • High intensity discharge (HID) headlamps
  • XM Satellite Radio (optional)
  • Improved exterior mirrors, turn-signal indicator added
  • Chrome wheels (optional)
  • Optional second-row bucket seats
  • Redesigned instrument panel and cluster and center floor console
  • New driver information center
  • New steering wheel with eight-button controls
  • Advanced infotainment systems featuring a Panasonic DVD Entertainment System and improved rear-seat audio controls
  • Enhanced Bose audio system
  • Redesigned seats
  • High-airflow, multi-zone electronic climate-control system
  • Fully integrated, Class II multiplexed electrical architecture
  • More powerful 145-amp generator
  • Electronic Throttle Control with Vortec 5300 on 2WD Escalade
  • New OnStar/cellular/GPS antenna
  • OnStar Directions & Connections
New for 2004 Escalade
  • Most powerful full size SUV in the world
  • XM Satellite Radio (continental U.S. only), trailering package, second-row bucket seats, and tire pressure monitor now standard
  • Second-row bench seat becomes a no-charge option
  • Sunroof and rear seat entertainment can now be combined
  • Exterior colors: Blue Chip, Quicksilver, Red
  • Sable Black exterior renamed Black Raven
  • Cadillac introduces a new member to the family - the full-size Escalade ESV and its luxurious offspring, the Escalade ESV Platinum Edition.
New for 2005 Escalade
  • Premium instrument cluster with bright chrome trim
  • Burled walnut trim
  • Optional 20-inch wheels on AWD
  • Bright chrome exhaust tip
  • Touch-screen navigation with 6.5-inch (165-mm) screen
  • Riptide (teal blue metallic) exterior paint
  • Improved cooling system with more powerful alternator
  • 2WD model receives Vortec High Output 6000 6.0L V98 (LQ9) engine with 345 horsepower (257 kw) (midyear)
  • OnStar Gen 6 hardware with enhanced hands-free capability
  • Escalade EXT introduced.
New for 2006 Escalade
        No changes for 2006

New for 2007 Escalade

  • All-new distinctive exterior design
  • All-new spacious interior with superior refinement
  • Powerful 6.2L all-aluminum small-block V-8 with VVT rated at 403 hp (301 kw)*
  • Efficient six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control
  • Stronger frame chassis with responsive coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering for the best ride and handling in the segment
  • Standard roof-mounted head curtain side air bags and StabiliTrak stability control system with new rollover mitigation technology
  • New radio family, including available navigation radio with touch-screen controls
  • A myriad of luxury features including factory-installed 22-inch chrome wheels, climate-controlled front seats, power fold-and-tumble second-row seats, remote start, power articulating running boards, power liftgate and IntelliBeam headlamps
  • Enhanced four-wheel disc brake system
  • Improved fuel economy
  • The ’07 Escalade is powered by a new, 6.2L all-aluminum small-block V-8 with variable valve timing technology (VVT). VVT optimizes camshaft timing to improve low-rpm torque and high-rpm horsepower. The 6.2L engine is rated at 403 horsepower (301 kw)* at 5700 rpm and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm)* at 4400 rpm; it is teamed with a new Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control (tap up/tap down).
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