Few name plates carry the same prestige as the Cadillac Escalade. Since its debut in 1998, it has gone through a number of iterations and revisions, innovating and improving on the features and capabilities you expect from a luxury SUV. Through two decades of development, the Escalade has generated lots of fun trivia that we want to share with you.

Check out these fun facts you never knew about the Cadillac Escalade before stopping by Thompson Cadillac to test drive the 2018 Cadillac Escalade for sale in Raleigh.

Fun Facts About the Cadillac Escalade

Roots of Production

Built in Arlington, TX, the Cadillac Escalade initially entered the SUV scene as a truck-based vehicle equipped with the performance capabilities and specifications of a heavy-duty pickup truck. The 1999 model was introduced as a response to competitors and it was later redesigned with a more luxurious theme in mind for the 2002 model year, making it more popular among car buyers.

Explanation of Its Name

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “escalade” as “an act of scaling, especially the walls of a fortification.” The launch of this luxury SUV was intended to conquest the car market then led by GM’s competitors.

Super Bowl MVP Awards

In recent years, the Escalade has been awarded to the Super Bowl MVP several times. MVPs who have received an Escalade or an Escalade Hybrid include Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Tom Brady.

Escalade Turns Racecar

The Escalade is designed to deliver powerful performance, but you might not know that its 6.2L V8 engine is just as suitable for the race track. With a few modifications here and there, the engine found in the luxury SUV also powers the race cars on Cadillac’s successful racing team.

Luxury SUV With Many Firsts

The Escalade made history with a string of luxury SUV “firsts.” The 2009 model became the first luxury SUV to offer full LED headlights, while its 2015 model stepped it up in offering LED high-beam headlamps and taillamps with total internal reflection. The 2009 Escalade also became the world’s first full-size luxury SUV hybrid.

Celebrating 20 Years on the Road

First unveiled to the public in August of 1998, the Escalade has officially been on the road for 20 years. Every model year brings something new to the table for luxury SUV drivers around the world to enjoy.

Find the 2018 Cadillac Escalade For Sale in Raleigh, NC

Experience what the Escalade has to offer when you take it for a test drive at Thompson Cadillac in Raleigh, NC. Call our sales desk to learn more about this model or about other new cars for sale in Raleigh.