Cadillac, following the unveiling of the redesigned Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, took the wraps off the fifth-generation Escalade last week. The redesigned full-size luxury SUV features a longer wheelbase of 120.9 inches and longer overall vehicle length of 211 inches. A new 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 420 hp comes standard, and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel also will be available. Inside, there's a flowing screen offering more than 38 inches of diagonal display area and twice the pixel density of a 4K TV. Here's a roundup of early reviews from the automotive media.
"I fear it won't stand out among the Chevy Suburbans and GMC Yukons of the world, no longer chromed to hell and screaming for attention in the Starbucks drive-thru running 10 minutes late to drop Brayden and Jasper off at their crystal-reading lessons.
The key theme for this Escalade is blocky. The fascia has rectangular headlights and fog lights that frame the rectangular grille in a larger rectangular mass with no caution for how these shapes reveal the sheer mass of this vehicle. As my colleague Raph pointed out, it's very modern Rolls-Royce, where maybe the headlights are too small, and the overall look unimaginative, but somehow incredibly expensive-looking out of pure will.
The blocking continues down the side with a floating roofline, and in the back with two tall taillights squaring off the rear window like on the outgoing Escalade. It's a big block of banality, for big blocky boomer buyers."
— Justin T. Westbrook, Jalopnik