Cadillac Escalade Looks Even More Imposing With Blacked-Out Trim

Black is the new chrome. Automakers across the spectrum have been embracing that trend with special editions and trim packages of their own. But this owner didn’t wait for Cadillac to offer that sort of treatment on his Escalade.

Where the big luxury sport-ute comes from the factory loaded with shiny chrome, this owner had his (or hers) darkened all around. The grille, side moldings, window surrounds, and other trim have all been blacked out. The windows look like they’ve been heavily tinted as well. And of course, so have the wheels.

Forgiato is showcasing this big Caddy with a set of its N-2 Naifu alloys in a monstrous 24-inch diameter, done up in black with just a hint of red for contrast.

The end result is an Escalade that looks decidedly different from how Cadillac builds it. No less imposing, just a little less glaring. And to our eyes, the black trim contrasts nicely with the silver paintjob.

As it is, Cadillac offers the Escalade and extra-long Escalade ESV in four suitably escalating levels of fit and finish – ranging from the $75k base model all the way up to the fully loaded Platinum model for $95k. Buyers can select between two- or four-wheel-drive models, but there’s just one engine on offer: a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission.

It’s enough to give the Lincoln Navigator a run for its money, for one. But also high-end imports like the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lexus LX570, and Infiniti QX80.

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  • Navy Motorsport✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Looks like a Chevy Suburban and it is one ugly and gaudy Escalade.

  • T_Cake

    Ahh, remember the days when blacked out trim and wheels were reserved for the cheapest models in the line? This look is getting boring.

    • Jay

      I think people just want something other than chrome now. Its been on vehicles since the beginning and making it gloss black makes you stand out from the rest.. It not the same as the generic black/grey plastic I think your referring to.

  • YUGE

    Overpriced & unreliable Govt Motors junk.

    • Michael_66589

      What car is more reliable than Escalade ? For sure Toyota Camry, but I can’t find more examples.

      • Bob White

        They are rated dead last by Consumer report (Cadillac) and the Escalade is on their list of 10 worst vehicles on the market.

  • Samantha Davis

    Navigator’s Black Label is much classier

  • Jay

    I’m sorry but after seeing the Navigator, the Escalade doesn’t look that good anymore.

  • TrevP

    Chrome looks better IMO. But Navigator is at the top of the food chain right now.

  • U8INIT

    Even thou the Navi is King right now; this design has aged very well…

    • Bo Hanan

      Sad part is the design is only 3 years old and its aged badly. It should have 3-4 years left.

  • Bob White

    Grotesque to the max

  • LWOAP

    Still ugly and those wheels don’t help either. Give me a Lincoln Navigator over this POS.

  • Bo Hanan

    A brick on 24’s’.

  • NO IT LOOKS LIKE A CHEVY TRUCK WITH A CADDY FRONT CLIP ON IT.

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