There are some lists automakers just want to avoid and the Highway Loss Data Institute's list of the most stolen vehicles in the United States is one of them. Rather unfortunately for Cadillac, it's continually topped that list with the Escalade for the past couple years. Hoping to avoid yet another repeat Cadillac is adding an assortment of security improvements to the 2012 Escalade to make it a less appealing target for thieves.
Newly standard is the PASS Key 3+ system and "a more-robust steering column-lock system." The PASS Key 3+ is an encryption system enhancement built into the key, key cylinder, and ignition system that Cadillac says prevents drive-away thefts from hot-wiring. Cadillac says that the new steering column-lock system will make it near impossible to maneuver the Escalade sans-key, preventing push-away thefts. Also newly standard is a shock sensor that will set off the alarm if the Escalade is hit hard, like by a thief shattering a window.
For those in need of a little extra security, Cadillac will also be making two new security technologies available options on the 2012 Escalade. The new features include an inclination sensor that will set off the Escalade’s alarm if it senses a change in the vehicles angle, like the change caused by towing, flat-bedding, or lifting the SUV with a jack. Cadillac will also make a new wheel lock system available, which should hopefully prevent Escalades from suffering the same fate as 35 GMC Sierras and Yukons did in Texas this past summer.
With the new security improvements, Cadillac isn’t hoping for an immediate reprieve from the top of the most stolen list, rather it’s looking to make the Escalade such a pain to steal that thieves won’t even bother with it anymore. “The goal is to make the Escalade a very difficult target for thieves without any added inconvenience for customers,” said General Motors’ global chief for vehicle theft prevention, Bill Biondo, “The new systems work in the background and few people realize they are there, but they are strong added protections.”