Available on three of the Escalade’s four trims — Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum — brand president Steve Carlisle said the Sport Edition comes “in response to customer and dealer demand for a dark and aggressive look.” The least expensive 2WD Luxury model starts at $84,790, including destination, with orders commencing at the beginning of next year. For all that the package isn’t, it is still a better deal than buyers got ten years ago, when the 2007 Escalade offered a similarly thin Sport Edition for $4,890.
There are a few small changes for the Escalade line overall for 2019. The exterior colors Midnight Sky Metallic and Dark Granite Metallic leave the palette list, making room for Manhattan Noir Metallic and Shadow Metallic to join the list. In back, there’s a hands-free tailgate with a logo light, standard on all trims.
The Escalade Sport Edition represents both a beginning and an end for the model. The fourth-generation Escalade went on sale in 2014 as a 2015 model, and this is the first special edition it gets. This could be the last, too, since the fourth-gen money machine we called “Old, but not antiquated” in our Driver’s Notes last month is expected to give way to a fifth-generation for the 2020 model year.