Cadillac have just revealed the latest generation of the Cadillac Escalade. Production of the new SUV will begin next spring in Arlington, Texas. The 2015 Escalade is all-new, with new styling, a new interior and a more powerful engine.
“Cadillac’s growth provides the ideal stage for the all-new Escalade to take a major leap forward,” said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, Global Cadillac. “The 2015 Escalade is completely new and elevated in design and technology, inside and out. The clear objective is to once again assume the leadership position among luxury SUVs.”
The 2015 product line will consist of the standard Escalade model, as well as the extended-length ESV edition, with offers a 14-inch-longer (355 mm) wheelbase and approximately 20 inches (508 mm) more in overall length, maximizing space for third-row passengers and 60 percent more cargo space behind the third-row seat than the standard model.
Offered with 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade features a new 6.2 liter V-8 engine that is more powerful and more efficient than previous models. Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system, is now fitted as standard.
The 6.2L V-8 engine produces 420 horsepower – 17 more than the previous model – and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm) – nearly 10 percent more. The new engine features direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions. The engine is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with enhanced TapShift control.
From the outside the 2015 Escalade is clearly different to the current model. Although It’s more evolution than revolution. In a word it’s a bit “crisper”. Everything looks just that little bit sharper and more defined. The new stacked LED headlights are one of the stand-out features.
“The new Escalade’s surfacing is sophisticated, and the sectioning of the body exudes more emotion to forge a new presence for Cadillac’s iconic SUV,” said Bob Boniface, design director, Cadillac Exteriors. “Our designers worked with the studio sculptors closer than ever to translate a two-dimensional vision into a three-dimensional representation that captures your attention from afar, and then pulls you in with beautiful details in the lamps, door handles and wheels.”
The interior has received a similar comprehensive makeover. In fact from the looks of it there isn’t anything carried over from the previous model. Real wood combined with premium cut-and-sewn materials and sueded accents, along with ambient lighting, were designed to add elegance to the interior design. Tight tolerances of the instrument panel and door panels, precision controls and triple-sealed doors were engineered and designed to reinforce a feeling of quality.
The seats were designed to be more comfortable and sculpted in appearance with a reclining second row. The design incorporates dual-firmness foam that ensures long-trip comfort and helps retain appearance over time.
Heated and cooled seats are standard in front and second-row bucket seats have standard heat. The available second-row bench has heated outboard seats now reclines.
For the first time, the Cadillac Escalade will feature CUE standard. The eight-inch center screen uses capacitive touch technology and gesture recognition, enabling tapping and swiping common to smartphones and tablets. CUE uses proximity sensors to activate common options and controls as the user’s hand approaches. An expanded “favorites” section offers quick access to phone contacts, navigation destinations – even digital music – in the same one-touch form as traditional radio presets.