Cadillac Escalade - DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE BOX THAT I GOT
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"The Cadillac Escalade has more street cred than a whole dial full of pirate radio presenters"Body 1
Yep, the Escalade is one vehicle that is steeped in hip hop and R&B culture. Owners include Queen Latifah, Shaquille O'Neal, Ludacris, Fat Joes and Mad Child from Swollen Members. Other celebrity owners who just want to look the part include Ben Affleck, Calista Flockhart, Adam Sandler, Justin Timberlake and Pink. It featured in JLo's "Love Don't Cost A Thing" video and has become the exemplar of conspicuous consumption.
It even forced the vehicle line manager for all of General Motor's full-sized 4x4s to ask; "is this a tasteful amount of bling?" and the sales brochure refers to the optional 22-inch alloy wheels as rims in a nod to the car's target audience, many of whom would view 22 inches as way too weedy, replacing them with 24-inch Dub spinners or something equally jaw-droppingly awful.
The standard Escalade will be more than enough for most UK buyers not to need Tim Westwood yelling through their letterbox offering to pimp their ride in that bizarre accent that's half Lower East Side and half Lowestoft. Aside from the big alloys, there's a huge 6.2-litre V8 engine that's good for 409bhp. Only available in left hand drive at around £50,000 in both Elegance or Sport Luxury variants, the Escalade will doubtless be a handful to pilot about city streets but it will look suitably imposing in the process.
The Escalade has been on sale for some time in the US but the version we get is the latest model, new from the ground up but sharing similar dimensions to its predecessors. In case you were wondering, the Cadillac is 5.14m long, 2.01m wide and 1.92m tall. That is one sizeable chunk of real estate. By contrast, a Range Rover measures 4.95m in length, 1.86m in width and is 1.86m high. Everything really is supersized in the US. Believe it or not, this is viewed as a manageable size for a big SUV in the States, with vehicles like the Infiniti QX56 and the Lincoln Navigator being another couple of belt sizes bigger again. Mind boggling.
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