Cadillac Escalade gets new security features for the 2012 model year

Article by Christian A., on December 29, 2011

Cadillac announced today that the 2012 Escalade received new security enhancements in order to fight thieves and remove its SUV from the top of annual most-stolen vehicle lists. Already protected by the existing security features and standard OnStar security technology, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade received the PASS Key 3+, a sophisticated encryption system for the key (Deters: Drive-away thefts), key cylinder and ignition system, a new steering column-lock system that makes it nearly impossible to maneuver the Escalade onto a flatbed (Deters: “push-away” thefts), new inclination sensor that sets off an alarm when the system senses an unwarranted change of the angle of the vehicle (Deters: towing, push-away, and wheel thefts), a new shock sensor intended to reduce content theft and push-away theft by sounding the alarm when the vehicle is “shocked,” such as by breaking window glass (Deters: Property theft) and a new wheel lock system to help prevent the theft of Escalade’s wheels and tires.

Still, Cadillac wants to keep you safe and gives us some advises: Do not leave valuables unattended in unlocked cars, or in plain sight; Park vehicles in well-lit areas or inside locked garages; Don’t leave cars running with the keys in the ignition; Do not defeat the ignition/key cylinder immobilizers with aftermarket remote- start systems; Always lock your vehicle with the key fob, which also sets the alarm system; Use wheel locks with premium wheels; Do not leave driver’s license, registration or insurance certificate in your car; Purchase a vehicle with OnStar or the aftermarket OnStar FMV mirror, which will enable your vehicle to be tracked if stolen.

The new Cadillac Escalade, compared to its predecessor, features a cleaner, sleeker and sportier form while boasting of better aerodynamics and smaller stature. With its distinctive design, the Escalade is easily and immediately identifiable even at a glance, according to Taylor.

He noted that the new Escalade introduces the future of Cadillac design, blending excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail with leading edge forms and styling. The Escalade is laden with numerous styling cues from the Sixteen concept vehicle like its signature egg crate grille with detailed chrome elements and front fender vent ports, as well as several chrome accents.

Aside from the Sixteen-inspired egg crate grille, the front end of the new Escalade features a prominent wreath-and-crest insignia as well as tri-element headlamps employing HID (High Intensity Discharge) lighting technology, with available IntelliBeam automatic headlamp beam control.

The flowing design of the new Escalade is bolstered by elements like wraparound fascias, integrated running boards and styled mirrors. In addition, the latest version of the Cadillac Escalade comes with new major sheet-metal and body components with crisp, taut lines. Its windshield boasts of an angle of 57 degrees, allowing it to flow elegantly into the roofline while enhancing the SUV’s aerodynamics to a best-in-segment coefficient of drag value of 0.363.

As a result, the Escalade boasts a lower fuel consumption and lesser wind noise. Meanwhile, the sides of the new Escalade feature new doors and a single-piece window surround, as well as seven layers of chrome accents. On the rear, the Escalade is distinguished by its LED taillamps, LED-lit center high-mount stop light (CHMSL), an integrated trailer hitch cover and chrome accents.

On the other hand, the new Cadillac Escalade rides on 18-inch wheels as standard, and on available chrome 22-inch wheels. Thanks to a wider track and precise wheel-to-body relationship, the Escalade boasts of a more aggressive and lowered stance.

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