2008 Cadillac Escalade | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

The Escalade is the flagship SUV of the brand in the Middle East – representing almost half of the vehicles sold in the region. This is in part thanks to the SUV culture prevailing in the region with buyers opting for big vehicles with a high stance for that look of superiority on the road. And it helps if the SUV is good looking too as the Escalade is.

Available in standard, long wheelbase and quasi pickup forms, the Escalade uses the same platform as the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe. It has shed weight and bulk in the last couple of years and this lean look continues for 2008. Typical Cadillac design definitely marks this SUV out from the crowd and it looks more at home doing the rounds of black-tie dinners rather than blasting around like a hooligan around sand dunes.

That is not to say it does not have a youthful bent to its personality, just that it feels more comfortable being a status symbol among the well heeled who want a vehicle that is not soft and mushy but handsome – in a chiselled way – and elegant.

The front end is massive and looks the part with its big satin-nickel plastic grille and vertical headlight clusters. Chrome trim abounds on the nameplate, running boards and roof rack.

The cabin is spacious with a lot of head- and leg-room for the first two rows of occupants. A third row of seats is also there but is best for children. There are pleasing touches inside with wood and leather adding elegance and class. Safety features include front and side airbags and three point seatbelts for all outboard passengers while those sitting in the centre in the rear seats get lap belts but no head restraints.

The 2008 Escalade range is powered by a 6.2-litre all-aluminum V8 engine with variable valve timing technology delivering 441 horsepower and 615 Nm of torque. Power is distributed to all four wheels via a new 4-speed automatic.

Technical Specifications
Engine6.2-litre V8
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 255000 – upto 285000

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.


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