The Cadillac Escalade has headed the premium full-size SUV segment of the US car market in the first half-year of 2018. The segment declined by 3% compared by the same period of 2017.
Its falling accelerated in Q2 to 4.5%. 60,612 sales were registered in total. Experts expect the segment will shrink further in 2018.
The fast-dropping Mercedes-Benz GLS was not able to hold onto the lead in Q2 and sank behind the aging Cadillac Escalade (pictured above). The latter is the undisputed segment leader, if to add the sales of its long-wheelbase ESV version.
The new Lincoln Navigator is the only new-generation model in the list. This explains a considerable (+82%) sales increase. The model was able to double sales in the second quarter and overtook the Infiniti QX80, though the facelifted Range Rover left it behind.
The Infiniti QX80 could not maintain its first position in Q1, its sales fell by 27% in the second quarter and lower the model ranking to the fifth place in the standings.
The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class will go on sale till the end of this year, and we may expect the growth in demand. The sales of the outgoing car fell by 25% in Q2 and by 14% as of two quarters so far.
See the overall ranking below:
- Cadillac Escalade – 10,838 sales, +7%;
- Mercedes-Benz GLS – 10,199 sales, -34%;
- Land Rover Range Rover – 9,438 sales, -2%;
- Lincoln Navigator – 9,115 units, +82%;
- Infiniti QX80 – 8,942 sales, -10%;
- Cadillac Escalade ESV – 7,124 sales, +3%;
- Lexus LX – 2,582 sales, -4%;
- Mercedes-Benz G-Class – 1,878 sales, -14%;
- Bentley Bentayga – 496 sales, -3%.