Even the Cadillac Escalade may not be enough vehicle for some customers. For SUV drivers desiring Escalade luxury along with improved seating and storage capacity, then the Cadillac ESV is the choice for them. Indeed its 130 inch wheelbase is a full 20 inches longer than the Escalade giving passengers plenty of legroom and providing a ton of storage space behind the third row of seats.
Introduced in 2003 as the Escalade ESV, the Escalade name was recently dropped in order to market the vehicle as a separate model. However, most auto critics prefer to lump the Escalade, ESV, and the EXT together as they are essentially the same model, but with somewhat different configurations for each one.
Like every large Cadillac SUV, the ESV is powered by a massive 6.2L Vortec V8 engine. GM’s newest six speed automatic transmission is paired with the engine and together the two work to increasing low end torque, high end horsepower, while delivering an improvement in fuel economy. No, the displacement on demand that system that is available on many other GM V8s is not available with this engine…yet. Displacement on Demand shuts down unneeded cylinders to deliver improved fuel economy, but this technology will not be ready for one more year.
Suffice to say, fuel economy probably isn’t a major concern for ESV owners as is interior room. With passenger seating for 6, 7, or 8 people the cavernous interior of the ESV means that everyone can sit comfortably regardless which row or seat that they choose.
With a curb weight of just under six tons a fully loaded ESV pulling a two ton trailer needs every bit of help that it can get to stop and control the beautiful beast. The Cadillac ESV now sports larger four-wheel disc brakes, a new ABS system from Bosch, and the StabiliTrak system developed to keep everyone and the vehicle stable. Passengers are offered further fortification with side air bags protecting all three rows.
Yes, the interior is opulent with tri-zone climate control, leather seating surfaces, burl wood, a DVD-based nav system, Bose sound system, and much too much more to mention here. With prices starting at just over $60,000 you would expect as much in the Cadillac ESV, the top of the line people hauler for GM’s luxury division.