Last night Cadillac unveiled the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUV at an event in New York.
Last night Cadillac unveiled the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUV at an event in New York. The all-new Escalade is the fourth-generation of the big SUV, which shares its platform with the Chevy Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon SUVs. On the outside it’s clear to see the relation between the three SUVs, but on the inside the 2014 Escalade gets a more upscale interior than the other two.
“An exceptional level of craftsmanship has gone into the redesign of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, and it all centers on the premium materials and extensive use of cut-and-sew live stitching – the way fine furniture is produced,” said Eric Clough, director of design, Cadillac Interiors. “We designed Escalade with what we call the beauty of contrast. It offers a distinctive combination of bold, truck-like character, but also the refinement of the Cadillac form vocabulary and technology.”
Cadillac gave the 2015 Escalade an interior with real wood accents, premium cut-and-sewn materials and sueded accents, along with ambient lighting. 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 that also recline.
For the first time, 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. The instrument cluster features a standard, reconfigurable, high-resolution 12.3-inch digital driver information center display paired with Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system.
The 2015 Escalade is powered by a new more efficient 6.2L V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque, which is nearly a 5-percent increase in horsepower and 10 percent more torque. The engine is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with enhanced TapShift control.
The 2015 Escalade will go into production next spring.