First Look: 2015 Cadillac Escalade – MSN Autos

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Cadillac Escalade

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The bling is back — or so Cadillac is as it gets ready to launch the fourth-generation Escalade. a massive SUV to fans, once defined the of luxury while, to critics, was a of wretched excess.

Whichever you’re on, an all-new version of the — as it was known among the hip-hoppers who a major market — reach showrooms early year and, Cadillac will deliver the latest in technology and, hard as it be for some to believe, the newest in economy-enhancing powertrain systems.

The Escalade is completely new and elevated in and technology, inside and out. The objective is to once again the leadership position among SUVs , said Bob Ferguson, the of Cadillac’s global operations, a preview of the 2015 Cadillac in traditionally one of the big ute’s largest

The clear objective, he added, is to again assume the leadership among luxury SUVs.

going to be a lot more challenging when the first Cadillac appeared in 1998. Back there was only marginal in the full-size luxury ute segment — the Lincoln Navigator .

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Today, while that offering is considered even out-of-date than the outgoing there are a range of alternatives Europe, including the latest Rover and the slightly smaller Rover Sport, as well as the GL, Audi Q7 and BMW X5, as well as models both Lexus and Infiniti. is currently an also-ran, though said the goal is to reclaim the leadership position.

To get there, the maker has started from the ground up with the Cadillac Escalade. The underlying is shared with the new-for-2014 Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size albeit with significant revisions.


That the Magnetic Ride Control that will be standard on the Escalade. The system constantly both road conditions and input and can change the shocks at corner from fully to completely firm in the time it to travel three inches at 60 noted Cadillac Chief David Leone.

Other new include a push-button system for flat both the second and seats.

The 2015 Escalade will be by a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 making 420 and 460 pound-feet of torque, significant even for a vehicle weighing in at 5,603 and 6,086 pounds on the vehicle body style and configuration. One surprise was the decision to go a 6-speed rather than a 8-speed gearbox. The Escalade be offered with a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive layouts.

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upon the package, the outgoing delivered the sort of fuel numbers that sent Club members into a at a mere 13 mpg City, 18 Highway and 15 in AWD trim. Cadillac has yet to release for the 2015 gen-4 model but a notable improvement. To get there, the new of the 6.2-liter V-8 adopts such as direct injection, variable timing and displacement on demand which allows half the to shut off when power are low.

While performance and ride clearly be factors potential are likely to consider, Cadillac that exterior design and layout and features will be the selling points for the 2015

The design team used like, bold, and premium to their goal, while emphasizing the new craftsmanship of an interior features hand-stitched leather and wood.

There’ll be no confusing the Cadillac Escalade with full-sized SUVs GM recently such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Denali. The Caddy model up on the brand’s edgy Art Science language, such as the massive surrounding the Cadillac wreath-and-crest the distinctive vertical lighting front and back, and new LED daytime lamps.

Cadillac will offer two styles, the standard Escalade, at inches, nose-to-tail, and the stretched ESV, which adds 14 inches more. The body-on-frame will be offered in different configurations, as well, handling up to passengers.

Ed Welburn, GM’s design director, said from Day One of the design process, his aimed to improve rear-door and egress. There’s also rear legroom than Meanwhile, new sculpted seats developed to improve comfort long drives.

The front and buckets are both heated and


Technology has become a big point in the luxury market and had fallen behind with the old It now adds an eight-inch center using capacitive touch and gesture recognition to operate the CUE system. Meanwhile, a second, reconfigurable display replaces driver gauges and instrumentation.

Along with the expected of safety systems, including a new airbag and Front and Rear Braking — which on short-range radar technology and sensors to help the driver front and rear low-speed – Cadillac also is new anti-theft technology. Much-needed, it considering the Escalade has had an unusually problem with theft the years.

Cadillac isn’t what all the new features will go The current rear-drive Escalade at $64,740. Look for the 2015 ute to reach showrooms next

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