From the front, Cadillac has done a good job taking the Art & Science theme that's prevailed in Cadillac's cars over the past several years, and adapting it to a very luxurious truck design. The tall grille, flanked by large headlights wrapping upward, calls out Cadillac from blocks away, while up close the ports alongside the fenders are ornate and showy. While wheel wells aren't flared as much as in some other luxury-vehicle designs, the wheels themselves are like glitzy rolling jewels—huge 22-inchers on much of the model line.
The two primary versions of the 2011 Cadillac Escalade share the same basic look, but the Escalade ESV is about 20 inches long, giving it a slightly different sense of proportion.
Inside, the Escalade has a very conventional design, with a low-set instrument panel and plenty of soft leather, metallic highlights, and wood trim no matter which model. The opulence is more in the materials and trims than in the look.