Cadillac Escalade History
With today’s incredibly saturated market of SUVs and crossover vehicles, it may surprise some to learn that you only have to go back to 1999 to find Cadillac’s first entry into the segment. The Cadillac Escalade was the first SUV from the luxury automaker, and was introduced to take on the Ford’s Lincoln Navigator, as well as entries from Japanese and German automakers.
The project to create the Cadillac Escalade was approved a mere ten months before the SUV hit production, and because of this rush, the first Escalade was simply a GMC Denali with Escalade badging and a few premium features. A complete redesign in 2002 began to shape the Cadillac Escalade that luxury SUV buyers know today, and allowed the SUV to compete directly with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Lincoln.
Cadillac has begun adding utility and practicality to the Escalade with the recent additions of the stretched, eight-passenger ESV version and the sporty utility EXT model.
Cadillac Escalade Fun Facts
The Escalade name was derived from a military siege tactic that involves scaling the large walls of enemy strongholds. Normally the “escalade” tactic involved using ladders or siege ladders to infiltrate forts and bases.