As it turns out, it’s possible to be both the beauty and the brawn of the operation. The Escalade’s 6.2L V8 engine produces 420 horsepower, plenty to move the big body at respectable speeds. You’ll have plenty of power to pass, going from zero to 60 in under six seconds. Despite its weight, the Escalade achieves and maintains speed easily. The intelligent eight-speed transmission shifts gear smoothly for maximum performance. Modern performance technologies like Continuous Variable Valve Timing, multi-port Direct Injection, and Active Fuel Management make sure that the engine’s power is handled with peak efficiency.
With the standard Trailering Package, your Escalade boasts a towing capacity of 8,300 pounds. That’s plenty to tow along some fun toys for summer vacation. Its powerful 6.2L engine is standard, rather than optional like many competitors. Ride control modes are also standard, with the high-tech Magnetic Ride Control that makes the Escalade ride smooth over any terrain. You can switch between Sport mode for faster cornering and performance suspension, or Tour mode for a gentler ride quality.
Available four-wheel drive also lets you switch between two wheels and four when the road conditions change. In normal driving conditions, 2WD lets you keep your MPG nice and low. Then, you can switch to 4 HI mode for extra traction on challenging roads, or to 4 LOW mode when trailering. Cadillac’s StabiliTrak traction control also helps give you more control on loose surfaces. To make your ride even more luxurious, the 2017 Escalade offers Magnetic Ride Control. This system reads the road in front of you 1,000 times per second to make sure your Escalade is adjusting perfectly to conditions. It automatically adjusts your suspension depending on road quality and weather conditions. You’ll get a ride as smooth as silk even on uneven roads.