The Road Traveled: Cadillac Escalade

The Road Traveled: Cadillac Escalade

Generation One, 1999 – 2000

Essentially a rebadged version of the GMC Yukon Denali, the first-generation ‘Sclade was a touch homely and altogether too similar to its less prestigious siblings, especially the workaday Chevy Tahoe. Still, the truck’s venerable 5.7-liter small block V8 delivered 255 ponies, giving it a 25 hp lead on the ‘98 Navigator (though the Lincoln’s 5.4-liter SOHC V8 would be revised to deliver 260 hp in 1999; additionally it was replaced by a 300-hp DOHC engine of the same displacement later in the year). The Escalade’s engine was saddled to a four-speed automatic transmission.


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