Over the last several years, Cadillac has literally reinvented itself. Once primarily a maker of large luxury sedans, Cadillac has broadened its vision and its lineup, recently debuting the midsize CTS sedan, the Escalade and the Escalade EXT.
Now, Cadillac again extends the franchise as it introduces the new, full-size Escalade ESV.
The 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV is the largest and most powerful luxury SUV available. It's 22-inches longer overall than Escalade, which stretches the interior by more than 20 inches, translating into more premium seating and additional cargo-carrying capability. And because it's an Escalade, the new ESV adopts the line's unmistakably Cadillac styling and Escalade's exclusive 345-hp Vortec 6000 high output 6.0L V8 engine.
"The Escalade ESV moves Cadillac into an all-new area of the luxury SUV market," said Susan Docherty, Escalade marketing director. "Its unique blend of size, performance, comfort and sophistication set a high standard for this market."
Sophisticated style and safety rooted in breakthrough design
aggressive front end, signature styling cues
Like all Escalades, the aggressive front-end is the vehicle's most distinctive exterior feature, distinguished by a large Cadillac wreath and crest and Cadillac's signature egg-crate grille. High intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with chrome bezels deliver a jewel-like appearance, and are integrated with rectangular parking lamps and turn signals. The vehicle's front fascia incorporates recessed tow hooks and rectangular fog lamps. Visibility is assured day and night, thanks to HID headlamps, Daytime Running Lamps and an automatic Twilight Sentinel system. At the rear, the functional step bumper neatly shrouds a standard Class VII trailer hitch.
harmonious, integrated interior
driver information center monitors 34 functions
A new leather-wrapped, wood-accented steering wheel features redundant nine control buttons, including four for duplicate audio controls, two for trip and fuel calculation, two for programming vehicle functions and one to initiate Voice Recognition for the standard OnStar system.
seamlessly integrated, useful center console
The main console has two large cupholders, two auxiliary power points and an ashtray, all neatly hidden below damped, spring-loaded lids, as well as separate, covered storage for maps, credit cards or a cell phone. The rear of the console facing the second-row seats has a auxiliary power point, rear-seat audio controls, separate right- and left-side controls for second-row heated seat cushions, another set of cupholders and courtesy lights for rear passengers. An overhead mini console provides reading lamps and controls for the rear air conditioning and Homelink, which allows vehicle owners to program up to three different signals for items such as a garage door opener, house lights or an electric gate. It also houses controls for the sunroof. Nearly every convenience feature imaginable - from larger, heated, memory, fold-away rearview mirrors with signal indicators to "Puddle Lamps" that illuminate the area around the vehicle when the door is opened, keyless entry is used, or when an interior light is activated - is included on the Escalade ESV.
redesigned Bose premium audio system
exceptional seating comfort
outstanding climate control
Focus on safety
strong, stiff body
Passenger Sensing System
Other safety features include large windshields for maximum visibility, big 50-square-inch electrically controlled and heated outside rearview mirrors, automatic programmable door locks, and the PASS Lock II theft-deterrent system.
The confidence of class-leading power and all-wheel-drive
more horsepower, more torque than any SUV
The key to the 6.0L's increased output is a set of special cast-aluminum cylinder heads that reduce weight, aid in engine cooling, produce a 10:1 compression ratio and provide better airflow in and out of the combustion chambers via bigger intake and exhaust ports. A larger, 75mm throttle-body and a revised camshaft profile allow the engine to take full advantage of the increased airflow. The Vortec 6000 also incorporates an advanced Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) system, which precisely tailors throttle progression to improve driveability, fuel economy and emissions. A specially tuned, less-restrictive exhaust with a redesigned catalytic converter system not only increases performance, but also eliminates the need for an Air Injection Reaction system and helps Escalade ESV meet ultra low emissions vehicle (ULEV) certification requirements in California and other states with similar laws.
heavy-duty Hydra-Matic transmission
full-time all-wheel-drive system
finely balanced wheels and tires
The vision of driving with advanced technologies
world-class technology, highly equipped
responds to driver's intent
Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
OnStar and XM Satellite Radio
smarter electrical systems
Escalade ESV: setting a new standard