Cadillac Escalade etymology: What does its name mean?

The Cadillac Escalade is popular with rappers, livery drivers, and anyone who wants an old fashioned but luxurious SUV, but what does its name mean?

According to, to escalade is “to mount, pass, or enter by means of ladders” typically for “an assault upon a fortified place”.

In its dictionary meaning, escalade is an archaic word that’s fallen out of general use.

If we were to go Escalading nowadays, we’d hop in one of these behemoths, toke on a cigar, pump up the volume, and generally try to look as a bad ass as we could.

We might still need a ladder to get inside the car, though. We’d definitely need one to clean the roof.