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On Styling
The 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT is bigger, bolder, and more posh than ever.
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The ultimate niche vehicle
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A more angular face that closely mimics the rest of Cadillac's lineup
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Feels more luxurious thanks to higher-quality materials
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Those who liked the original Escalade EXT will love the 2008 model, beginning with its styling
Kelley Blue Book

The 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT is the upscale variant of the second generation of GM's innovative pickup truck/SUV models, sharing the same platform as the Chevrolet Avalanche.

Kelley Blue Book writes, "Those who liked the original Escalade EXT will love the 2008 model, beginning with its styling. Slightly larger and heavier due to added structure and features, it appears perhaps somewhat smaller thanks to its more sleek and crisp new body," and points to its "large, finely-crafted Cadillac signature grille, front fender vent ports and tasteful chrome accents." The 'Slade, as it's called, has always been about getting noticed and making a statement, and Cadillac's 2008 model will do that job easily. ForbesAutos calls Cadillac's Escalade EXT, 2008 version, "a large and imposing-looking vehicle," with "a massive grille flanked by high-intensity headlamps up front and a multitude of chrome accents around the vehicle." It's a favorite of rappers, pop stars, and professional athletes for a reason, and the 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT's styling will ensure that they continue to turn heads as they roll by.

The Cadillac Escalade EXT, 2008 edition, still sports the triangular C-pillar extensions of GM's first-generation SUV-pickups, which are in keeping with the pointy design theme of Cadillac's 2008 look; "Cadillac's art-and-science design theme, which debuted with the 2002 Escalade's rectangular headlights, is in full swing on the 2008 Escalade. Updated elements include a more angular face that closely mimics the rest of Cadillac's lineup," says Cars.com.

"The 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT's interior is luxury-plush, surprisingly quiet and raises the luxury and refinement bars another couple of notches. The instrument panel, set lower and farther forward to improve real and perceived room, houses quad round gauges with white needles, blue-light inlays and white LED backlighting," reports Kelley Blue Book, adding that "leather covers the seats, doors, steering wheel and center console, while the interior pillars wear rich-looking fabric." This sentiment is echoed by ForbesAutos, whose review states that the Cadillac Escalade EXT 2008 model's "leather-clad, five-passenger cabin was recently upgraded and feels more luxurious thanks to higher-quality materials and a more attractive design."

There seems to be very little to fault with the styling of the Cadillac Escalade EXT, 2008-spec interior. The only real quibble found by TheCarConnection.com comes from ConsumerGuide, whose report states that the gauges "are large but have blue pointers that can be hard to see in some light conditions."

Conclusion

The 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT is bigger, bolder, and more posh than ever.

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