Cadillac is a luxury brand of passenger cars that is based in Detroit, Michigan. Cadillac is a division of General Motors Company, and Cadillac vehicles are generally positioned at the top of the GM hierarchy in terms of pricing and performance. Though Cadillac focuses on marketing its vehicles in the United States, Canada and China are also particularly important regions for Cadillac vehicles, which are sold around the world. Cadillac is the second oldest brand of American automobiles and was founded under Cadillac’s current rival, Ford, in 1902, but General Motors purchased the brand in 1909. Since then, Cadillac has competed strongly with Ford vehicles, and, in recent decades, has also fought off competition from European and Japanese luxury passenger car brands. Cadillac’s current vehicle lineup, including Cadillac sport utility vehicles, is well served by the brand’s history of innovation, especially the V8 engine, which has become something of a benchmark for American luxury and performance automobiles. Cadillac’s sport utility vehicle models, which often bear some resemblance to lower priced SUV models from other General Motors brands, are distinguished by their powerful drivetrains and luxurious features.
One such example of a Cadillac sport utility model is the SRX, which has been Cadillac’s best selling model in the United States since 2010. General Motors introduced this mid size crossover SUV in 2004 and it quickly became a well known representation of the Cadillac brand. The Cadillac SRX is a front engine vehicle that is available in both rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive configurations. It’s powered by one of several engine options, including a 255-horsepower V6 or a 320-horsepower Northstar V8. The first generation of this Cadillac SUV was available through 2009, and for the 2010 model year, General Motors introduced an updated version, although for the second generation of the Cadillac SRX, the Northstar V8 drivetrain was discontinued.
The Escalade is another noteworthy Cadillac sport utility vehicle, and the brand’s first entry into the segment. General Motors introduced the Escalade in 1999, and it is still in production. A truck version of this Cadillac SUV, known as the Escalade EXT and based on the Chevy Avalanche pickup truck, was available from 2002 until 2013. The Cadillac Escalade is a full size sport utility vehicle, and can be configured in either rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. It is closely related to both the GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe sport utility vehicles, although the Cadillac version is granted unique luxury options to put the Escalade at the top of the domestic SUV market. The Cadillac Escalade is built in Arlington, Texas.