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2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV Overview

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The Cadillac Escalade ESV adds strength to the Escalade nameplate. When compared to the standard Escalade, the ESV has a stronger maximum towing capacity and a larger body structure. This large, three-row SUV has a starting MSRP of $74,695.

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV is available in four trims: ESV, ESV Luxury, ESV Premium Luxury, and ESV Platinum.

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2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Cadillac introduced the 10-speed automatic transmission the Escalade ESV for the 2018 model year, stepping up its performance game. The interior got a bit of a refresh as well, giving drivers an additional option on Platinum models: a Maple Sugar interior with Jet Black accents.



2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV

The Cadillac Escalade ESV has an unmistakable exterior, with a dominant grille and an elongated, stronger body than its original nameplate. For your convenience, the Escalade ESV offers a hands-free liftgate for added convenience on the go. LED high-beam and low-beam headlamps as well as full LED taillamps improve visibility alongside Rainsense automatic windshield wipers and a rear intermittent wiper for poor weather conditions.

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV is available in eight exterior colors: Dark Granite Metallic, Radiant Silver Metallic, Black Raven, Bronze Dune Metallic, Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic, Crystal White Tricoat, Red Passion Tintcoat, and Satin Steel Metallic.


Exterior features available on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV

  • Heated/power-adjustable/power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signal and auto-dimming, Full LED taillamps, Front active aero shutters, Solar-absorbing windshield, Magnetic Ride Control, Roof-mounted luggage rack, Hands-free Liftgate, Rear intermittent wiper, Rainsense automatic wipers, Rear window defogger, LED high-beam/low-beam headlamps, 20-inch chrome-plated wheels, 20-inch all-season tires

Exterior features available on the 2018 Cadillac ESV Luxury
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  • Power sunroof, 22-inch premium painted wheels with chrome inserts, IntelliBeam, 22-inch all-season tires

Exterior features available on the 2018 Cadillac ESV Premium Luxury
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  • Front cornering lamps, Illuminated door handles

Exterior features available on the 2018 Cadillac ESV Platinum
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  • Power-retractable assist steps, Platinum Package


2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV

The new Cadillac Escalade ESV is equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. The V8 is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, producing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is standard across all four trim levels of the Escalade ESV.


2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV

Efficiency isn’t the Escalade ESV’s strong suit, but as a three-row SUV, that probably doesn’t surprise you. The 2018 model earns an estimated 14 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.


2018 Cadillac Escalade ESVAll Cadillac models radiate luxury, and the Escalade ESV stands out in its segment. Materials and comfort are at the forefront, with leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated second-row seats. There’s no need to upgrade to higher trim levels for better materials; these are standard across all trim levels. Advanced audio and entertainment come standard, too, with a 16-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system and OnStar  4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. However, if you’d like even more entertainment, the Platinum offers a rear-seat entertainment system with an in-dash DVD player with dual DVD screens.

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV is available in two interior colors: Jet Black and Maple Sugar.


Interior features available on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV

  • Interior: Front seats with leather seeing surfaces and heating/cooling, Heated steering wheel, Inside rearview auto-dimming mirror, Power-adjustable pedals, Front passenger 12-way power seat adjuster, Active Noise Cancellation, Steering wheel controls, Memory settings, Power-folding third row 60/40-split bench seat, Heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats, Two-speed transfer case, Tow/haul mode selector, Heated second-row seats, Tri-zone automatic climate control, 110-volt power outlet
  • Radio and Technology: Universal Home Remote, Wireless charging, OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio, Cadillac user experience with embedded navigation, Remote Start, Bluetooth, 16-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system, SiriusXM NavTraffic, 12-inch diagonal color Driver Information Center, Single-slot CD/MP3 player

Interior features available on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV Luxury
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  • Interior: Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Theft-Deterrent Package, Rear Camera Mirror, Rear Camera Mirror Washer, Vehicle interior movement sensor, Second-row power bucket seats, Inclination sensor
  • Radio and Technology: Driver Awareness Package, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Four-color reconfigurable Head-Up Display, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

Interior features available on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium Luxury
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  • Interior: Automatic Safety Belt Tightening, Forward and Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Radio and Technology: Driver Assist Package, Rear seat entertainment system with in-dash DVD player, Third-row DVD screen, Adaptive Cruise Control

Interior features available on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum
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  • Interior: Platinum Package, Cooled console with covered storage
  • Radio and Technology: Dual DVD screens


2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV

With the whole family in tow, safety is an important feature in the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV. Features like a Surround Vision Camera and Teen Driver mode come standard on the Escalade ESV, but there are several driver-assist options available to you. For example, the Premium Luxury comes with a Driver Assist Package. This package includes three primary features: Adaptive Cruise Control, automatically adjusting your speed on the highway as needed; Forward/Reverse Automatic Braking; and Automatic Safety Belt Tightening. Lower trim levels, starting with the Luxury, offer a Driver Awareness Package with Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and many more.

Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade ESV

  • OnStar Basic Plan for five years
  • StabiliTrak vehicle stability enhancement system
  • Surround Vision
  • Keyless open and start
  • Teen Driver
  • Head curtain and side-impact air bags
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Theft-deterrent system
  • OnStar Remote Package
  • Tire Fill Alert
  • OnStar Roadside Assistance
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • Automatic Parking Assist
  • OnStar Guidance Plan for one year
  • Seven air bags
  • Dual-stage frontal, driver, and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System
  • Rear seat reminder

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