Cadillac went through various design changes after this period and went on to receive Motor Trend's coveted "automobile of the year" award in 1949. Cadillac incorporated tailfins into their designs of this era but eventually phased this design feature out in favor of more subtle, elegant lines. Fast forward to the 1970s where Cadillac had lots of production issues and failed to meet many government emission standards and the once thriving company found itself in a world of trouble. Eventually Cadillac rebounded and was helped along by the breakout success of the Cadillac Escalade and the newer passenger vehicles like the Cadillac CTS and the Cadillac XLR.
The Cadillac Escaladeis an ultra-luxury large model SUV that has successfully carried the brand into the new millennium, building a following among younger generations. Originally, General Motors designed the Cadillac Escalade after its well-known GMC Yukon Denali. Cadillac eventually abandoned this design and rebuilt the Escalade from the ground up. The Cadillac Escalade competes against the Mercedes Benz ML, The BMW X5. The Lincoln Navigator and the Range Rover HSE and has consistently outperformed all other models in its class. In fact, the first Cadillac Escalade was created to compete with the highly successful Lincoln Navigator back in 1998.
At first, the Cadillac Escalade struggled to compete against the Lincoln Navigator because of its smaller engine, lack of power and inferior amenity lineup. However, eventually, Cadillac redesigned the Escalade yet again and this time they got it right. The second generation Escalade came with an upgraded four wheel drive engine, more horsepower and standard stability control. The interior of the new Escalade was upgraded with hand-crafted leather and custom burlwood and Bose was contracted to create a dynamic sound system and in-car theater experience for the entire family. This Escalade was Cadillac's first offering that included stock 20 inch chrome Cadillac Escalade wheels which were unseen on factory vehicles at the time. The OnStar navigation features were also greatly improved, providing best-in-class technology to Escalade owners.
The third generation Cadillac Escalade vehicle was introduced to the world in 2007 and became the official car of the Super Bowl. This newer, sleeker and faster Escalade came with an elongated tail (Cadillac Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT pickup) and sticker price was about $60,000. One of the principal improvements on this Cadillac Escalade was the completely aluminum engine, which made it lighter and allowed the engine to perform at a more demanding pace. The Escalade instrument panel was also revamped, adding new holographic LED displays to the dashboard and navigation screen. The new model comes standard with 22" Escalade Platinum wheels with some dealers even offering 24" Cadillac Escalade Platinum wheel upgrade options.
The latest Escalade is also offered with a hybrid electric/gasoline powered engine, which is touted as getting as many as 20 additional miles per gallon, compared to the standard Cadillac Escalade and Escalade Platinum Edition. The Escalade Hybrid is fairly quick too --- reaching 0-60 in an impressive eight seconds. The only drawback for the New Hybrid Escalade SUV is the price: starting at $74,085, drivers definitely pay a premium for environmental consciousness and gas savings.
The final SUV in Cadillac's new Escalade lineup is the Cadillac Escalade EXT edition. The Escalade EXT is built on a standard Escalade frame and converted into a truck. The EXT Escalade has room for four people in its cab with space for an optional fifth passenger. The Escalade EXT is available with 20" wheels, 22" Escalade wheels and 22" Platinum Escalade rims for customers looking to really set their Escalade truck apart from the pack. Expect to pay close to $80,000 retail for the new Escalade EXT truck --- a stiff price to pay to haul your goods in style.
UsaRim offers a large selection of Escalade wheels and Escalade rims and tire packages for any Cadillac Escalade vehicles. Our most popular wheels for Escalade are the 22" Chrome Platinum Escalade replica wheels and the brand new 22" Black Escalade wheels. We also sell custom wheels for Escalade like Giovanna, Asanti and more. We stock lots of great Escalade tires and offer the lowest prices in the nation on wheel and tire packages for your Escalade. Here are just a few of the rims and tires we sell for Cadillac Escalade:
As you can see, there are a lot of Escalade wheels and tires to choose from. Although wheel style is an entirely subjective matter, we do suggest that you have a minimal checklist to adhere to when purchasing new Escalade rims:
ü Make sure the Escalade wheels you're purchasing come with a lifetime warranty
ü Ask about the return policy on the Escalade rims that you're buying
ü Only purchase wheels for Escalade that are aluminum alloy (preferably aircraft quality)
ü Do not users Escalade spacers or additional mounting hardware on your new wheels
ü Check to see that your new Escalade rims and tires are TPMS compatible
Here are some of the most popular Escalade wheel and tire packages that we offer:
Are you in the market for a new Cadillac Escalade? Listed below are some of the most Popular Cadillac Escalade Models available new and used:
The original Cadillac Escalade SUV . Production Years: 1999 Escalade, 2000 Escalade
The first Generation Escalade SUV with an alternate grill and 18" factory Escalade wheels
The newest Cadillac Escalade sports utility vehicles with stock 20" Escalade wheels and a leaner, meaner engine with harder angles and sleek lines in the exterior design. The interior has also been fully revamped. This Escalade was produced in 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010, 2011 and is still being made in 2012.
The new Cadillac Escalade ESV with a longer body and more interior space. This Cadillac Escalade also comes in an EXT truck edition.