- Midnight Plum Metallic exterior color
For more than a decade, Cadillac Escalade has exemplified luxury and performance with technology, power and style. This luxury SUV maintains its reputation with the 2014 lineup, offering two distinct body styles and Platinum models aimed at the segment’s most discerning customers.
The Escalade and Escalade ESV, available in AWD and RWD configurations, are powered by a 6.2L V-8 with efficiency-enhancing continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management technology.
Escalade ESV is the most spacious of the Escalade family. It is 21 inches (53.4 cm) longer than Escalade and offers up to 137.4 cubic feet (3,891 L) of cargo space behind the first row, with the second folded and third row removed. With all the same elements and features as the standard Escalade, the ESV model provides an additional eight-inch flip-down screen for third-row passengers.
Escalade Platinum – offered on both Escalade and Escalade ESV – is the highest expression of the brand’s design, luxury and technology, with features including LED headlamps and Magnetic Ride Control, unique 22-inch, multi-spoke wheels and exclusive Platinum exterior badges.
Escalade Platinum’s LED headlamps emulate the characteristics of natural daylight more closely than traditional auto lighting. LEDs are environmentally friendly, lasting 10 times longer than traditional halogen bulbs.
Inside the Escalade Platinum, the special attention to detail is evident in the design of the instrument panel, center storage console and door trim, which are leather-wrapped and feature decorative French seams. Additional Platinum cues include Olive Ash and Walnut Burl woods with unique wood inlays, warm aluminum trim, full aniline leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats, full Nuance leather seating trim on the third-row seat – all embroidered with Cadillac wreath and crest insignias.
Platinum model Escalades also feature standard interior finishes such as Platinum-specific door sills and floor mats; a heated steering wheel; heated and cooled cupholders and a power liftgate that opens and closes with the touch of a button. In addition to the roof-mounted rear seat entertainment system, the Platinum Edition also includes dual DVD screens integrated in the rear of the front headrests. Each has its own player and controls, and they can be operated independently or in tandem.
Escalade exterior details
A distinctive exterior design is an instantly recognizable element of the Escalade brand and that continues in the 2014 model year. A new exterior color, Midnight Plum Metallic, is added to the refined paint palette.
Other standard and available exterior features include:
A roomy interior sets the stage for Escalade and Escalade ESV models to seat up to eight passengers, with generous cargo room available when the third-row seat is removed. A unique instrument panel is a defining element of the interior. It includes gauges with white needles and blue light inlays with continuously lit, white-LED backlighting. Leather seating surfaces are standard, along with an array of power-assisted and high-technology features, such as an enhanced navigation system.
Escalade and Escalade ESV offer a power fold-and-tumble second-row seat feature for easy access to the third-row seat, and a power-assisted rear liftgate that opens and closes with the touch of a button.
Standard and available interior features include:
Performance remains at the forefront for the 2014 Escalade, as all models are equipped with a 6.2L V-8 rated at 403 horsepower (301 kW) and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm). The powertrain features variable valve timing, Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability.
The fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission is paired with the 6.2L engine in all models and an intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is available.
Escalade chassis and suspension
All Escalade models are built on GM’s full-size SUV platform, incorporating a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, five-link/coil-spring rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering.
Magnetic Ride Control, a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control “reading” the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds, is standard on the Platinum Edition Escalade. It replaces conventional mechanical-valve shocks with electronically controlled shocks filled with a magneto-rheological fluid containing minute iron particles. Under the presence of magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance almost instantly.
Additional chassis and suspension features include:
Escalade safety and crash-avoidance features
Safety remains a top priority in Escalade’s design, with features including standard head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for all seating rows. The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment. These head curtain side air bags stay inflated longer than air bags developed only for side impacts, since rollover incidents can last longer. The deployment duration and other design features of the air bags combine to provide increased occupant protection and the ability to help keep occupants inside the vehicle.
Additional features include:
Escalade comes equipped with a sophisticated cryptographic immobilizer system, PASS Key 3+, to thwart thefts. Additional theft-deterrent features include:
Escalade and OnStar
One year of OnStar Directions and Connections service is standard on the Escalade. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.
OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. An opt-in service called FamilyLink allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.
More information about OnStar can be found at www.onstar.com.
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