Cadillac took the wraps off the all-new fourth-generation Escalade SUV in New York, revealing a car faithful to the original concepts proportions and design, but with contemporary features. The 2015 Cadillac Escalade comes with an extremely refined interior, according to its makers.
That is a very good thing, seeing as interior design and build quality have never been the Escalade’s strength points. The new model lavishes the vast interior space with cut-and-sewn and wrapped materials, with wood trim options chosen for elegance. The seats are designed to both look good and be comfortable, while enhanced acoustic material and Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology guarantee a pleasant ride.
Then there is the CUE system tailored for the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. It comes with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that can be reconfigured with four themes and an available head-up display projects information onto the windshield. An available Blu-Ray DVD rear entertainment system includes a nine-inch, roof-mounted screen on Escalade and two nine-inch screens on Escalade ESV.
As for the safety, apart from the new structural changes that make the car perform better in an accident, you get the Driver Awareness package that includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning System, and the patented Safety Alert Seat. There is even a Driver Assist package (depending on the trim) that adds Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control, Front and Rear Automatic Braking, Automatic Collision Preparation and Automatic Safety Belt Tightening.
2015 Cadillac Escalade will launch next spring with 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, and a new 6.2L V-8 engine that is more powerful and more efficient than previous models. It also gets the Magnetic Ride Control to help it handle the sheer size, which is especially good in the new extended-length ESV edition, which offers a 14-inch-longer (355 mm) wheelbase.
It’s all good and lovely and the new Cadillac Escalade is a better car than the previous generation. But none of what we said above actually matters. Nobody buys the Escalade because it’s a good car. It is popular because of the way it looks. And in that terms the 2015 model doesn’t disappoints. It has the same imposing proportions as the old models, but gets new touches like the refreshed face or the new rear-end design, inspired by Caddy’s current design language. We don’t particularly like the massive taillights, but overall, it does look pretty gangsta. And that is enough for the Escalade.