Fair to say, the Escalade sport utility vehicle is Cadillac’s luxury flagship. First of all, the past decade has consisted of repeated cancellations of plans to build a large super luxury Cadillac car. Secondly, the Cadillac Escalade is perhaps the most faithful example of what people used to expect from the luxury car brand. A big, heavy vehicle with lots of interior space, the Escalade’s truck-like attack on old-school luxury has filled a crucial void.
Just like its sister vehicles the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the Escalade’s 2015 model year variant would make use of a reengineered chassis and other advanced technologies. Significantly only named product in the current Cadillac line-up, the Escalade needed an impressive 2015 makeover leading up to its October 7th premiere in New York City. With the premium automotive world larger than all the audiences in Broadway awaiting the vehicle’s release, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade charmed the crowd.
Not as radical as the 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan, the 2015 Escalade does receive a clean, modernized restyle. The 116-inch wheelbase Cadillac Escalade is 1.4 inches longer in overall length and 1.5 inches wider in 2015 compared to its predecessor model. Along with the 116-inch wheelbase model of the Cadillac Escalade, the 130-inch ESV version returns for 2015. Conforming to popular understanding, a successor to the Escalade EXT is not part of the launch for Cadillac‘s 2015 full-sized SUV plans.
Still a recognized luxury utility form, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade’s exterior features an aluminum hood, tighter fitting body panels and improved aerodynamics. The front fascia of the new Escalade wears a pair of full LED headlamps incorporating a Total Internal Reflection high-beam function. The new age lighting is configured to Cadillac’s new design DNA seen on the ATS sedan. Behind the instantly identifiable front grille, active air shutters are in place on the 2015 Cadillac Escalade for more efficient highway motoring. On each side, bodyline running just below the windows flow in an undisturbed path towards the front headlamps.
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade rides on standard 20-inch wheels with optional 22-inch rims available. Behind the wheels, four-wheel disc braking features Duralife rotors capable of twice the service life compared to conventional rotors. Magnetic ride control is standard on the 2015 Escalade is Tour and Sport modes available. The 2015 Cadillac Escalade also receives a new 9.5-inch rear axle and electric variable-assist power steering. A choice of rear wheel drive or four-wheel drive will be offered.
Upgrading the cabin area to the next notch of luxury, the 2014 Cadillac delights the three rows of passengers with real wood and cut-and-sewn materials. Components adhere to tighter tolerance providing a greater touch of quality and craftsmanship. Front seats are standard equipped as heated and cooled. In the second passenger row of the 2015 Escalade, seats are heated and can now recline. A Blu-ray/DVD rear seat entertainment system with a nine-inch roof-mounted screen is optional.
The driver of the 2015 Escalade overlooks a 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument display. All 2015 Cadillac Escalades will include the CUE infotainment system. An infotainment unit that has received less favourable reviews than some system in the automotive marketplace, the Cadillac CUE standard on every 2015 Escalade could prove to be either an asset or a liability. It is worth noting, BMW’s iDrive system was famously unpopular during the early arrival of the technology. The Cadillac CUE infotainment system operates through an eight-inch touchscreen. Technology available for safer operations of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade includes a Driver Awareness package complete with an array of features such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Alert. Front and Rear Automatic Braking is also part of the Driver Awareness package capable of completely stopping the 2015 Escalade at slow speeds. A full security system with OnStar Stolen Vehicle Assistance is included on all 2015 Cadillac Escalades.
Receiving an all-new Ecotec3 technology, the 6.2 liter engine powering the 2015 model year Cadillac Escalade features gasoline direct injection, Active Fuel Management and FlexFuel compatibility. Benefits of the Ecotec3 6.2 liter V-8 powerplant technology are immediately apparent with performance boosts over the 2013 model engine. Generating 17 more horses, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade will pump out 420 horsepower in addition to a massive 460 pounds feet of torque. This same engine will also be found on the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL outfitted through the luxury-oriented Denali trim level. There is no mention of a model using the two-mode hybrid transmission at the time of the 2015 model’s premiere.
With more performance, luxury and pizzazz for 2015, the redesigned Cadillac Escalade should find its place in the Jet Set by early to mid next year.