First Look: 2015 Cadillac Escalade – Automotive News

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We drove a 2013 Cadillac a while back and, we see the point of paying so much for a vehicle that offered so over its counterparts from and GMC.

Throw in competition the Land Rover Range and Infiniti QX56 (QX80 days), and the Escalade seemed without substance to back up its price tag.

No more, says Cadillac.

still sharing its bones the new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC #8211;and also coming in and extended ESV models#8211;the 2015 Escalade is the most distinctive of the big SUV to date. The headlights#8211;previewed a couple ago#8211;make good on its distinctive

The multiple elements are arranged in a pattern, and an LED accent light far down the side of the headlight and the bumper, similar to what seen on the ATS and the 2014 Cadillac Then there#8217;s the humungous with three horizontal so big and widely spaced that it like a stepladder.

The rear end is distinct from its Chevy and GMC with tall vertical that extend all the way to the roof#8230;the has to be a good three feet at least. However, step and the profile of the Escalade is still identical to the Tahoe and Yukon. there#8217;s not that much room in the two-box shape of an design, but a little more along the flanks of the vehicle#8211;aside chrome window surrounds#8211;would#8217;ve nice.

It#8217;s an entirely different inside. The new Escalade#8217;s distinctive looks a lot more like the CTS the Tahoe. Not only does it a spot-on resemblance to the rest of lineup, at long last it like something that be in a luxury SUV with a price tag in the five-digits. Standard on the Escalade is a digital gauge cluster, can be reconfigured at the touch of a steering button.

The interior also gets a treatment, with stitched on the dash, real wood LED accent lights, and seats says have been for comfort and appearance. There#8217;s an Blu-Ray player that can one screen in standard-length Escalades, and two of the screens in the ESV. Like the new GM SUVs, the third- and second-row finally fold flat, cargo utility.

The one truly -like element left is the column mounted shifter; it like a throwback, but note how much more room you on that wide center when there#8217;s not a shifter up a big chunk of it.

Under the hood is a new 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower, connected to a automatic and either rear- or drive. Savvy shoppers note that#8217;s the same that#8217;s in the Yukon Denali, and the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Country. where it gets good fuel economy. The is similar as well, independent in and a five-link solid axle in the

Yes, you read right: every other body-0n-frame SUV the 2015 Cadillac Escalade on with a very truck-like axle. However, Caddy has fitted its excellent Magnetic Control shocks#8211;with Tour and modes#8211;to help quell the and shakes that often a solid rear axle. it works or not will have to until we get behind the wheel.

Safety is, of course, a paramount and Cadillac has stepped up here as The 2015 Cadillac Escalade or Premium models come with blind spot rear cross traffic and lane change alerts. A Awareness package adds collision alert and lane warning tied in with Safety Alert Seat, uses vibrations instead of to warn drivers of possible

There#8217;s also a Driver package that adds cruise control, front and automatic braking, and automatic tightening. Interestingly, Cadillac it a point to call out anti-theft on the 2015 Escalade, which glass breakage, inclination and other technology that down the Escalade and make it impossible to start or move the as well as using OnStar to authorities to help find the

Why the anti-theft attention? Because LOVE the Escalade. that#8217;s

So, is it enough to compete against more luxurious SUVs? to say for now, really. Taken at value, Cadillac has certainly the steps it needed too, virtually all of the complaints we had with its

Whether that#8217;s enough to go with the likes of Land Lexuses and BMWs remains to be We#8217;ll find out when it on sale early next

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