From its introduction in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade quickly became the standard among luxury SUVs, and this fourth-generation iteration does not disappoint. With an entirely new exterior design seeking to bolster performance while maintaining that instantly recognizable aesthetic. Inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly improving the quietness of the interior and contributing to improved aerodynamics. The lightweight aluminum hood and aluminum lift gate panels also enhance efficiency through reduced overall mass. Dynamic front styling cues are enhanced by a highly detailed Galvano chrome grille that has a unique, almost brushed appearance. It is accented by full light-emitting diode – LED – lighting in the front and rear that creates unique, razor-like vertical light signatures.
Inside, exquisite craftsmanship and superior design combine with the latest technologies to convey an exceptional level of luxury. Real wood mixed with premium cut-and-sewn materials, along with sueded accents, are highlighted by ambient lighting. CUE – Cadillac User Experience – is standard, an advanced system for connectivity and control, featuring state-of-the-art voice recognition with touch controls common with the world’s most popular tablets and mobile devices. The eight-inch center screen uses capacitive touch technology and gesture recognition, enabling tapping and swiping common to smartphones and tablets. Finally the 2015 Escalade features a new Bose Centerpoint® surround sound system that is the most advanced ever in a Cadillac, customized exclusively for the Escalade.
The new Escalade product line includes the standard Escalade and the extended-length ESV edition, which 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 nearly double the cargo space behind the third-row seat. Luxury and Premium collections are available in addition to the base models, offering higher levels of content and technology. And all models are offered with 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, as well as a new 6.2L V-8 engine that is more powerful and more efficient than previous models. In fact, it’s powerful enough to enable 0 to 60 mph performance in less than 6 seconds – 5.96 seconds for Escalade 4WD and 5.98 seconds for Escalade ESV 2WD. Rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm) – it boasts a nearly 5-percent increase in horsepower and 10-percent more torque over pervious models. But what it gains it power it doesn’t slack in efficiency, with a 17 percent gain on the highway over previous models, and also about 17 percent greater efficiency than Mercedes-Benz GL550 (18 mpg) – and nearly 24 percent greater than Lexus LX 570 (17 mpg).
“Cadillac’s ongoing growth provides the ideal stage for the all-new Escalade to take a major step forward,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac. “Escalade has always had a bold character, differentiating itself from other luxury SUVs. Now, Escalade adds more sophistication, with advanced technology and hand-tailored craftsmanship.” This new Escalade model is sure to make a big splash on the market, ushering in a new era of increased luxury, performance, and efficiency.