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Cadillac Escalade

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Cadillac Escalade is a division of General Motors, an automobile manufacturing company; the name “escalade” comes from a siege warfare tactic of scaling defensive walls or ramparts with the aid of ladders or siege towers. Four generations of the Cadillac Escalade were produced. The 1st generation (1999 – 2000)was designed by Wayne Cheery; the 2ndgeneration (2002 – 2006)was designed by Wayne Cheery, the 3rd generation (2007 – 2014), and the 4th generation (2015 – present) whose exterior was designed by Bob Boniface. The 1st generation was assembled at the Arlington assembly plant (Arlington, Texas-USA). The 2nd generation was assembled at the Arlington assembly plant (Arlington, Texas-USA), the Avtotor plant (Kalininingrad-Russia) and the Silao assembly plant (Silao, Guanajuato-Mexico). The 3rd generation was assembled at the Arlington assembly plant (Arlington, Texas-USA), the Avtotor plant (Kalininingrad-Russia) and the Silao assembly plant (Silao, Guanajuato-Mexico). The 4th generation was assembled at the Arlington assembly plant (Arlington, Texas-USA), and the automobile plant in Minsk (Belarus).

Major models operated

The Cadillac Escalade models include the 1st generation (1999 – 2000), the 2ndgeneration (2002 – 2006), the 3rd generation (2007 – 2014) and the 4th generation (2015 – present). 

Major Innovations

Innovations Cadillac carried out on the Escalade (1st generation) include Auto-Trac selectable 4×4, sixteen-inch chrome clad aluminum-alloy wheels, an OnStar in-vehicle telematics and communications system, a top-of-the-line premium GM-Delco A/M-F/M cassette stereo with remote-mounted CD changer, automatic tone control (ATC), six-speaker Bose premium amplified audio system, power-adjustable front bucket seats with driver’s memory system, full power equipment (windows, door locks and heated side mirrors), a security alarm, keyless entry, tri-zone climate controls for front and rear seats, a full overhead console with storage, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and temperature gauge. 

2nd generation innovations include GM’s Stabilitrak electronic stability control system upgraded to a four-wheel version, high intensity discharge (HID) low beam headlights, power-adjustable pedals, signal outside mirrors, XM Satellite Radio, a tire pressure monitoring system, and an OnStar system upgrade to a digital system from the previous analog version. 

3rd generation innovations include an all-aluminum 6.2 L Vortec V8 pushrod engine with variable valve timing, fuel economy (active fuel management-AFM), cruise control, memory system, remote engine start, 6-disc CD changer, rear radio controls, compass, power lift-gate, outside temperature indicator, navigation system, rear view camera, newly redesigned remote for keyless entry, Bluetooth facility, and an optional Satellite navigation system with instant traffic updates and rerouting options. 

4th generation innovations include GM’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine, new coil-over front suspension, variable-assist electric power steering, Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control system (Tour and Sports mode), eight-speed transmission, surround view camera, 4G LTE connectivity, advanced diagnostics as well as Collection and Teen driver features added to the Cadillac Cue system, IntelliBeam headlamps, and addition of the Live-View rear-vision camera to the rear-view-mirror.

Most sold vehicle by model type

The 2006 model recorded the most sales.

Most common problems

Cadillac Escalade owners reported the following common problems:

1) Breakage of Inside/outside door handles.

2) Heating and AC Temperature and air delivery mode door actuator failure.

3) Speedometer/instrument panel gauges erratic functionality.

4) Steering wheel position sensor failure.

5) Power door lock actuator failure.

6) Anti-theft system failure.

7) Fuel level sensor failure.

8) Front/rear differential noise due to worn bearings.