Cadillac Escalade models receive a few modest updates for 2012, highlights of which include two new exterior colors for Escalade SUV models (Radiant Silver Metallic and Crystal Red Tintcoat), a new center console design, and navigation system enhancements.
New features include HID headlamps on Platinum models, while a power tilt steering wheel and enhanced OnStar navigation tools are added to all Escalade models. A new safety option is Cadillac's Side Blind Zone Alert system that alerts the driver to vehicles not in the side mirror's field of view.
Cadillac's three-row Escalade ESV is the luxury king of SUVs. Lincoln's equally-new long-wheelbase Navigator L offers a few competitive advantages, including its fold-flat third seat, but has 103 less horsepower and nine less cubic feet of cargo space than Cadillac's biggest SUV. The Navigator L boasts more towing capacity and a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of nearly $9,000 less, but the Escalade dominates in image. The full-size Escalade ESV has become the status symbol choice for country clubbers and the urban cool affluent, and this 21-inch longer version offers even more than the previous generation.