1998 Cadillac Escalade Review

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May 10, 1999
1999 Cadillac Escalade

1999 Cadillac Escalade

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For the 1999 model-year Cadillac gets the first sport-utility vehicle in its 96-year history, the Escalade. It also gets a theme. This theme, "art and science," will be carried out in classic designs coupled with advanced technology, such as a night-vision system to be introduced in the 2000 DeVille.

For 1999 Cadillac is offering a massaging lumbar seat as an option in the Seville STS, DeVille Concours, DeVille d'Élégance and Eldorado Touring Coupe. OnStar, once again, is available on all models as an option, and comes as standard equipment on the new Escalade. OnStar is a 24-hour comprehensive mobile communications system. New for 1999, OnStar will automatically notify the 24-hour OnStar Center in case of a side-airbag deployment on DeVille and Seville models. The service already notifies the center in case any front airbag deploys.

Escalade, the new luxury sport-utility vehicle, is based on General Motors' full-size sport utility platform — the same one used in the Yukon Denali and the Suburban/Tahoe. The exterior gets some Cadillac cladding and the interior gets Cadillac touches of soft leather and Zebrano wood. Escalade features a 5.7-liter V-8 engine rated at 225 horsepower (hp) and 330 pound-feet of torque. It offers AutoTrac, a system that provides a choice of automatic four-wheel drive, conventional two-wheel drive, or high- and low-range 4WD.

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The Seville, was redesigned and re-engineered last year and loaded with technology. In 1999, one luxury feature provides even more hedonistic pleasure: Cadillac's Adaptive Seat, which uses a network of 10 air cells to automatically adjust the seat's position for a custom fit, is now heated. And the seat is now available on the SLS as well as the STS.

The 1999 Catera is the first Cadillac to meet new low-emissions vehicle (LEV) standards. To reduce smog-causing exhaust emissions, the Catera gets new powertrain control computers, an electronic throttle control, and a number of other mechanical changes. The automatic door lock/unlock programming has been enhanced to give Catera owners more personalized choices. Catera's black chrome grille will be darkened.

On the DeVille, an audible theft deterrent and a compass mirror (inside rearview) have been made standard.

Several options on the Eldorado are now standard equipment. The audible theft deterrent, formerly standard on the Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC), is now standard on Eldorado as well. The compass mirror (inside rearview) has been made standard on both models. The uplevel Bose entertainment system is now standard on the ETC and remains an option on the Eldorado

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