Cadillac Escalade History 1999

Cadillac Escalade Models & History 1999

Cadillac is known for a variety of styles of cars from two-door coupes to four-door sedans to ambulances and hearses. Trucks and vans, however are the domain of Chevrolet and GMC. It was not unusual for Cadillac to take a car from another division, rebadge it and sell it as a Cadillac as was done to create the Cimarron and Catera. This time, the Cadillac borrows a GM SUV which it had a Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, or Yukon Denali flavor and creates the Escalade as an answer to the Lincoln Navigator. The Escalade appears more boxy than other SUVs. Although similar to the Tahoe and Yukon, the Escalade has lower body cladding, running boards, chrome wheels and a big, chrome-trimmed, Crest-bearing grille.

Escalade’s power delivery system, called AutoTrac, has four modes. The driver can choose rear-wheel drive, or conventional four-wheel drive in high or low range, via buttons to the right of the steering column. The fourth mode is automatic and suitable for all types of driving. It uses an active transfer case and delivers power primarily to the rear wheels, but will shift power to the front wheels to improve traction and maximize tire grip as road or weather conditions dictate.

The interior features soft leather-covered seating front and rear, electrically heated. An overhead console holds reading lights, a rear fan switch, the garage-door opener, a compartment for sunglasses and the buttons and microphone for OnStar. The back of the center console has audio controls, headphone jacks and a cupholder. The rear side windows roll down only a third of the way.


Type V-8 – Overhead valves
Valving two valves per cylinder
Block Cast iron block
Head Cast iron head
Displacement 5735cc
Bore and stroke 101.6mm x 88.4mm
Compression ratio 9.4:1.
Brake horsepower 255 @ 4600 rpm (190 kW @ 4600 rpm)
Torque 330 @ 2800 rpm (447 Nm @ 2800 rpm)
Bearings Five main bearings.
Valve Lifters Hydraulic valve lifters.
Fuel supply Multi-point injection fuel system
Fuel Unleaded regular


Front Brakes Disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Drive AutoTrac
0-60 mph 10.5 seconds


Wheelbase 117.5 in.
Overall Length 201.2 in.
Overall Width 77 in.
Overall Height 74.3 in.
Front Tread 62.6
Rear Tread 63.6
Turning Radius 40.7 ft
Wheels six-spoke chrome wheels
Tires P265/70R16
Curb Weight 5573
Front Suspension Independent
Rear Suspension Solid Axle
Fuel Capacity 30.0 Gal(US) 112 litres
Towing Capacity 6000 lb.
EPA Fuel Economy (city) 13 mpg (18.1 l/100km)
EPA Fuel Economy (hwy) 16 mpg (14.7 l/100km)


Seating Capacity 5
Front Head Room 39.9 in. (101 cm)
Front Hip Room 59.9 in. (152 cm)
Front Leg Room 41.7 in. (106 cm)
Rear Head Room 38.9 in. (99 cm)
Rear Hip Room 59.7 in. (152 cm)
Rear Leg Room 36.4 in. (92 cm)
Cargo Volume 118.2 (3347 liters)


  • Air conditioning
  • Auxiliary oil cooler
  • Auxiliary transmission cooler
  • Bose audio system with six-CD changer
  • Cruise control
  • Chromed aluminum wheels
  • Drop-down tailgate combined with swing-up glass
  • Dual front airbags
  • Electrically heated seats
  • Electrochromic heated side mirrors
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror with compass and thermometer
  • Electrochromic side and rearview mirrors that automatically adjust for day or night use
  • Exterior choices are limited to white, black, sand or red
  • Fancy wood trim
  • Four power outlets
  • Four-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear heated seats
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Leather interior
  • On-board cellular phone
  • OnStar communications system
  • Power front seats
  • Power windows and locks
  • Programmable Homelink garage-door opener
  • Push-button four-wheel-drive with low range
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Roof-mounted luggage rack
  • Slightly less interior noise
  • Tilt steering
  • Wood-and-leather, Jaguar-style steering wheel


  • Automatic climate control not available until 2000
  • Powered backrest recliner not available until 2000
  • NHTSA Recall History
    1. In the event of a crash, the right front passenger restraint systems may not meet the neck extension requirements. Dealers will install an insert to correct this.
    2. The installation of the floor-mounted entertainment system on the left side of the vehicle may interfere with the fuel system, resulting in possible fuel leakage. Dealers will reinstall the system on the correct side.
  • Assembled In Arlington, Texas
  • Price: $46,000


1999 Escalade

1999 Escalade

1999 Escalade