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The Giant Luxuries: Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL, and BMW X7

Updated on July 17, 2014

When one thinks of the present demand for vehicles, one of the first things that come to mind are the smaller, more fuel efficient compact cars. However, the growing trend for the bigger and more furious SUVs are growing in popularity as well. The Cadillac Escalade has always been a popular large SUV staple, often seen in the entertainment industry. The Mercedes GL is also a very popular larger SUV that holds its ground both in luxury and size. Recently, the introduction of the BMW X7 SUV to rival the Mercedes GL and the Cadillac Escalade prove that there's a big enough market for large SUVs that will only continue to become more and more popular.

Every year, the Cadillac Escalade is always one of the most popular large SUVs on the market, and increasingly becoming one of the top favorites for the younger, and wealthier generation. The demographics of these younger buyers are well educated and any car company would be desperate to keep these buyers for the long haul. Behind the headlights are very hip LED lights and the interior boasts complete luxury. The 12.3 inch customizable display gives detailed navigation directions, as well as trip data and audio info. The standard heated and cooled seats for the front seats are practically taken for granted as even the second row has heated seats. What's under the Cadillac's hood is also something to boast about, as the X-8 engine has a 6.2 liter, 420 horsepower, and 460 pounds of torque is basically what a Cadillac stands for, with the repetition of more, more, more.

The whole smorgasbord of driver assistance technology, such as lane departure warning, automatic braking, cruise control, and blind spot monitoring makes driving on the road safer for all. The Cadillac Escalade has always been a staple of an American classic, as one of General Motor's most popular vehicles. The popularity of this vehicle in North America is actually pretty astounding, as it's a symbol of what can be achieved with the American dream.

The Mercedes GL has always been a favorite among fans of extra large SUVs and the new 2015 model will sport a mild makeover with a restyled front bumper and grille. The V8 4.7 liter car is constructed out of premium materials as well as have tons of legroom. The cargo space is something worth raving about and the dual climate control makes road trips easier on everyone. The reviews rave about how the 7 passenger seating rivals that of a minivan, with the luxury that's known on S-Class models while accelerating like a top notch sports car. The Mercedes GL has always been a family friendly car, and a symbol of the growing class of wealth.

Of course, the technology for the extremely stellar, as expected, with the high tech COMAND infotainment system that has full reign of the stereo and phone functionality. It's very intuitive and it works extra spectacular, and consumers would expect nothing less than what's expected out of a high end Mercedes Benz.

Strangely, BMW, who is a front runner of luxury and elegance, didn't have a vehicle to compete with the giant SUVs for quite a long time, but things are definitely beginning to change. It's pretty obvious that there's a huge market for giant SUVs, so the future X7 is going to make a splash in the pond, so to speak. BMW has decided to cater to consumers who have the need to drive larger SUVs in order to compete with the Cadillac Escalade as well as the Mercedes GL. Understandably, these cars are pretty pricey, so it all comes down to specs for those who can afford these giant SUVs. The X7 will have three rows of seats like the Cadillac Escalade and will boast the new development of eDrive, which is a plug-in hybrid system.

The demand for the big and aggressive SUVs has put BMW at the top of the emerging market, and finally has a vehicle in its line to give the Mercedes GL and the Cadillac Escalade a pretty good competition. Consumers can expect the X7 to hit the dealerships in 2017 as a 2018 model with prices from upwards of $60,000. The full third row seating is especially important, as the previous X5 models have an extremely tiny third row seats that's only suitable for small children. If the new BMW is anything like the high end vehicles that the brand is known for, there's no doubt that the BMW X7 is going to be a pretty big hit in the car market.

As people are getting wealthier at a younger age, they have more choices in vehicles and the upper hand when it comes to buying higher end vehicles. Car companies are very much aware of this, so the features on these giant cars will keep on getting better and better to preserve some loyal lifetime friends. Expect better features in these giant SUVs in the incoming years and some pretty impressive upgrades in the near future.


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