Cadillac took the wraps off the all-new 2015 Escalade yesterday at a launch event in New York City featuring indie rock photographer and director Autumn de Wilde.
The fourth-generation Escalade is an entirely new design, based on the same architecture as the new-for-2014 Chevrolet and GMC pickups and their respective Tahoe and Yukon SUV derivatives.
While it shares much under the skin with those vehicles, it is instantly distinguishable as a Cadillac – as much so inside as out as the interior combines a greater level of luxury with the latest technology.
The exterior features crisp, new styling, in the Cadillac idiom, highlighted by LED lighting, front and rear. Inside, the company says, the seats were engineered to be more comfortable and sculpted in appearance and. the new interior is said to be quieter, too, thanks to a stronger new body structure, new and enhanced acoustic material, and standard Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology.
Also standard is CUE, Cadillac’s connectivity and control system, which features voice recognition with touch controls similar to tablets and mobile devices. Available features include a Heads-Up display and a Blu-Ray DVD rear entertainment system with one or two nine-inch, roof-mounted screens, depending on model.
The product line will comprise a standard Escalade model and an extended-length ESV version, with a 355-mm greater wheelbase and approximately 508 mm more overall length. The ESV is said to maximize space for third-row passengers as well as providing 60% more cargo space behind the third-row seat than the Escalade.
The Escalades are powered by GM's new 6.2-litre V-8 engine, which is said to be both more powerful and more fuel-efficient than previous models. It is rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Magnetic Ride Control is now standard on all models and new safety features include Front and Rear Automatic Braking and a Front Seat Centre-Mounted airbag.
Production of the 2015 Escalade will begin next spring in Arlington, Texas.