Generation Two, 2002 – 2006
No, that’s not a typo; following the introduction of its lackluster first-generation Escalade, Cadillac actually skipped a model year. The would-be 2001 vintage was not offered, a move the saddened absolutely no one.
But following its hiatus, the company came back swinging. Riding atop the corporation’s brand-new GMT800 pickup architecture the Escalade was much more modern and capable. The luxury SUV featured bold new styling and chiseled surfaces that really meshed with the rest of the brand’s “art and science” design theme.
Beyond the updated looks a fresh lineup of engines hit the stately Navigator where it hurt: under the hood. A 5.3-liter V8 as well as an optional 6.0-liter unit powered these trucks. Output ranged from 285 hp on the low end for the small engine to 345 ponies for the big bruiser. Again, a four-speed automatic transmission was the sole gearbox.