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2007 Caddy Escalade

steven2steven2 Posts: 37
Your thoughts? I like the sharp, cutting edge styling Cadilac introduced, which first appeared with the Escalade.

1) Will the new Escalade be another big hit?

2) Will Cadillac play follow the leader, and style all of its cars like the new Escalade asap?


  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    2005 Cadillac Escalade gets upgraded OnStar Gen IV and totally revamped interior to differentiate it from the other trucks in the GM family built on the same platform.
  • steven2steven2 Posts: 37
    from what i had understood, this was going to be a total overhaul, so it would be unrecognizable from a suburban or yukon
  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    I wouldn't call new gauges a "totally revamped interior", rc. The new one will be on a different platform for 2006/2007.
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    What!?! My friends at GMI said it was a TOTALLY NEW interior. Can you describe the interior changes theo?
  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    For 2005, here are the changes, as listed by the dealer website:

    -Redesigned, highly-detailed instrument panel gauges with chrome bezels
    -Walnut Burl wood trim replaces Zebrano wood trim
    -Touch screen capability now included with (UM8) Navigation system (it looks the same)
    -Driver Information Center is less complicated, more user friendly
    -Carpet on lower door trim
    -Refreshed appearance on interior door handles

    Reading it again, the description is vague about what an "instrument panel" is. I can't tell if they mean gauges or dashboard, probably gauges though. I say that because I don't see them putting a lot of money into the interior one year before a total redesign.
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    Thanks man!
  • steven2steven2 Posts: 37
    Lets talk about the 06 redesign, though. How and do you improve? It's already a terrifc car, with sales records to support that claim.
  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    New interior mostly, plus an available V10 and maybe V12. *evil grin*
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    Right now, I wouldn't dare buy an Escalade. I don't like the interior, the features are spartan compared to the other full-size luxury SUVs, and it's years behind the competition in safety features. For the 06 redesign, I'm hoping that they put RSC, side-curtains, FLAT-FOLDING-INTO-FLOOR third-row seat, totally different interior than its siblings, and yeah that's it for me.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,001
    The current model is missing side curtain airbags, a five-speed automatic transmission, cylinder deactivation, etc... I don't think it should command the price premium it does over a Tahoe. Look at the price difference between a Land Cruiser and an LX470--they're much closer. Cadillac may be trying to be more hip, but what if the new Escalade doesn't enjoy the ill-won popularity of the current one?
  • Some people really dont care about side curtain airbags, a five-speed automatic transmission, cylinder deactivation, etc. They just want to look good and be noticed thats all. Yeah the Escalade does not have a five speed or side curtain but it has the power people love compared to the very under powered LX470. I dont think the Lexus should command the Range Rover near $$ price it wants with that V8 yes I've driven several LXs but the power is not there.
  • hhunterhhunter Posts: 34
    I am looking at an '04 Escalde and do care about side curtain airbags. When are they coming? '05 or the '06 redesign?
  • steven2steven2 Posts: 37
    You shouldn't expect side curtain airbags on the Escalade, because they don't want to do too much to promote the car a year before the redesign. If you want near the same kuxury but like the Escalade platform, try the Yukon Denali.
  • diislesdiisles Posts: 1
    Does anybody know what the improvements will be on this new redesigned escalade in 06? And when it will come out,( as in 05 or in 06)?
  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    It is supposed to come out Fall 06.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Two full years from now? I hope the General gets with it this time and gives me something to consider more than just the larger engine.
  • theo2709theo2709 Posts: 476
    That's optimistic too. Lutz is fighting with the design department about the front end.
  • rctennis3811rctennis3811 Posts: 1,031
    What do you mean Lutz is fighting about the front end? Does he not like it??? Wow, this is interesting! Let us know theo!
  • evokevok Posts: 14
    Don't forget that the Escalade will have unique doors as well. Last I heard was design staff has been delayed because of the infighting between Lutz and Cafaro.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    that Lutz doesn't like the edgy look of Cadillac, and is trying to smooth out the lines on all of them. Anybody confirming or denying that?
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