• Cadillac Introduces the Not-So-Sporty Cadillac Escalade Sport Edition

It looks cool though

Anxious to finally see a V-Sport version of the Cadillac Escalade in showrooms? Well, you’ll have to wait a while longer as Cadillac isn’t planning on one until the next-gen SUV arrives. However, the luxury brand just debuted the Cadillac Sport at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sadly though, it’s not as sporty as the badge suggests.

Don’t Get Too Excited

Cadillac Introduces the Not-So-Sporty Cadillac Escalade Sport Edition
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Unfortunately, the Escalade Sport is nothing more than just a black-accented version of the boxy SUV. Unlike the regular model, it features gloss-black exterior trim, including the front grille, black window frames, body-side moldings, and a unique Midnight Silver finish for the multi-spoke, 22-inch wheels.

Granted, the Escalade Sport has a cool, murdered-out exterior, but it's disappointing that it doesn't feature other extras elsewhere.

Heck, Cadillac didn’t even bother to add new trim or extra standard items inside the cabin. And more importantly, there are no drivetrain upgrades to talk about.

Sure, the 6.2-liter V-8 engine is plenty powerful at 420 horsepower, but that’s not so impressive now that the Lincoln Navigator’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine cranks out a solid 450 horses.

At Least There’s Some Variety

Cadillac Introduces the Not-So-Sporty Cadillac Escalade Sport Edition
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The only good news here is that you can order the Sport package on three trims: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum.

It’s also the first special-edition version of the current Escalade, so there is hope that Cadillac will deliver something truly special not too far in the future.

Further reading

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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Cadillac Escalade.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Cadillac Escalade.

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Cadillac is introducing the 2019 Sport Edition, a bold new look for those who aren’t afraid of the dark. This new black-accented version is the first special edition available for the current generation of the sales- and segment-leading, award-winning SUV.

Offered on Luxury, Premium Luxury and Platinum models, the new Sport Edition is distinguished by gloss black exterior trim, including the front grilles, window moldings, body side moldings and more, as well as a unique Midnight Silver finish on the standard 22-inch wheels.

“Two decades after its introduction, the Escalade remains the segment’s benchmark and sales leader,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “The Sport Edition extends that momentum in response to customer and dealer demand for a dark and aggressive look.”

Escalade has led the full-size luxury SUV segment in sales for 15 of its 20 years on the road, driven by a powerful blend of sophisticated style, uncompromising capability, innovative technology and exceptional craftsmanship.

Escalade’s list of awards keeps growing. In fact, J.D. Power named the Escalade as having the “Best Initial Quality and Resale Value among Large Premium SUVs,”1 and Consumer Guide® Automotive named it a Best Buy Award winner for five consecutive years.

A powerful 6.2L V-8 engine rated at an SAE-certified 420 hp (313 kW) drives all models. Each model is available in 2WD and 4WD configurations and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

As with other Cadillac models, the Escalade features the latest Cadillac user experience system2, offering connectivity and embedded navigation3 with intuitive, smartphone-like functionality.

Additional highlights and select features offered include:

Magnetic Ride Control with driver-selectable modes.
Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® Hotspot (includes 3GB/three-month data trial)4.
Automatic Parking Assist5.
Fold-flat second- and third-row seats with power-folding third row.
Heated and cooled front seats with heated second-row bucket seats.
Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents.
12.3-inch-diagonal instrument cluster display with high-resolution digital driver information center.
Bose® Centerpoint audio system featuring 16 speakers.
Hands-free liftgate with Cadillac logo illumination.
The Escalade Sport Edition package is $2,700, and the starting MSRP in the U.S.A. is $84,7906 including destination charge. It will be available for orders beginning in Q1 of 2019. For more information, please visit Cadillac.com.

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