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Escalade to headline Cadillac brand launch in Australia? Iconic SUV cleared for launch as GM trademarks logo and badge Down Under

Cadillac Escalade for Australia?

The iconic Cadillac Escalade could be in line for an Australian launch, after GM quietly trademarked both the Cadillac name and badge for our market last year.

While the brand is yet to comment publicly on its intentions with Cadillac for our market - though it has publicly confirmed its interest in launching the famous marque here several times in the past - CarsGuide understands that the Escalade would be the vehicle of interest in our market.

Perhaps more important, CarsGuide also understand it's increasingly a matter of when, and not if, for the Cadillac brand in Australia, with all signs now pointing to the iconic marque finally landing in our market.

Speculation had pointed to Cadillac's fire-breathing performance vehicles - like the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing - as being the stars of a new line-up, but the noise is now turning to the Escalade as being the headline-stealing import.

The vehicle would be prepared for our market via the newly formed GMSV, and delivered through that network.

The GMSV brand continues to take shape in Australia, with a line-up that includes the Silverado, but will also take the new Corvette, and could even import the new Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

The Escalade, however, would be something else entirely. A genuine icon in the Sates, the big SUV could work in Australia, too, where it would arrive powered by a choice of 3.0-litre diesel or thumping 6.2-litre V8.

At around US$77k, it's not cheap - and that's before you add the shipping and conversion costs that would have to be applied in Australia. But the flagship Cadillac does get a lot of stuff, And what's more, fitted with the optional 22-inch alloys, it looks the business, too.