The 2023 Cadillac Escalade has been subjected to several feature deletions in the wake of ongoing supplier issues. For instance, the full-size luxury SUV saw the deletion of Adaptive Beam Headlights along with certain wheel options becoming unavailable. However, Cadillac Society has just learned that one feature – the Brembo Performance Brake package – has returned to the 2023 Escalade after a brief hiatus.
Officially known as the Front Six-Piston Brembo Brake Upgrade with Color Matched Rear Calipers (production code 5JL), the package is offered as an LPO-level option. That means that it is installed by the dealer rather than while the Escalade is on the assembly line. This package bundles the following equipment:
- Front six-piston Brembo brake calipers
- Red calipers on front and rear
- Front 16.1-inch by 1.3-inch Duralife brake rotors
- Cadillac script logo on front calipers
This upgraded brake package costs $3,495. As for availability, it can be added to the regular-length Escalade and the extended-length Escalade ESV, and is offered in conjunction with all trim levels, including Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. However, the package cannot be added to the high-performance Cadillac Escalade-V or Escalade-V ESV.
Previously, this upgraded braking package was available for the 2021 and 2022 model year Escalade, but was pulled from the order books in the beginning of the 2023 model year.
Like all units of the fifth-gen Escalade, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade is built at the Arlington plant and ride on the body-on-frame T1 vehicle platform. The non-V model is offered with a choice of two engines.
The first is the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 gasoline engine (production code L87), rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine is standard on Escalade, and models with this motor are identifiable by the 600 badge on the liftgate.
Meanwhile, the turbodiesel 3.0L I6 engine (production code LM2) is optional. It’s rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Models with this engine display the 600D badge out back. Both engines mate to Cadillac’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
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