Cadillac Escalade has been an exclusive car for years and there is no doubt about that. Even during the post-recession years when other SUVs were struggling to get a decent sales figure, Escalade managed to uphold its sales pace. Now the good news for the fans is that the 2015 Cadillac Escalade has been launched and talking about the new car in brief, it is more efficient, more luxurious, fully loaded with latest technology and offers smoother performance than its predecessor.
The 2015 Escalade will be available in two versions: Standard and Extended-Length, where the latter will offer a 14-inch-longer (355 mm) wheelbase and approximately 20 inches (508 mm) more in overall length, thereby maximizing space for third row passengers. The extended length model will also offer 60 percent more cargo space behind the third row seat.
The new Escalade is powered by a 6.2 litre V-8 engine that is more powerful as well as more efficient and offers 420 bhp of power and 623 Nm of torque on tap. The engine features state-of-the-art technologies including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system. The engine comes coupled to a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with enhanced TapShift control. Other than the engine, there are a number of improvements made to the chassis and suspension system, some of which are listed below:
- Coil-over-shock front suspension and five-link/coil-spring rear suspension
- Wider rear track that contributes to a more planted stance
- Standard 20-inch wheels and available 22-inch wheels
- New, electric variable-assist power steering system that enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed
- New 9.5-inch rear axle and standard automatic locking rear differential
- StabiliTrak electronic stability control, incorporating tow/haul mode, auto grade braking and hill start assist
- New four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife™ brake rotors that offer up to double the service life, along with brake pedal revisions engineered to improve pedal feel for more confident braking performance
- Third-generation magnetic ride control is standard with Tour and Sport modes
Taking care of the safety of the car against theft attempts, Cadillac has pushed in a number of features including intrusion sensor, inclination sensor and glass breakage sensors. There features not only trigger the vehicle’s alarm system but also make it impossible to start or move the vehicle.
On the exterior the design seems evolved over the previous versions. Tighter body panel gaps,new inlaid doors, Total Internal Reflection LED high-beam function enabled lightings, LED-illuminated door handles, thin vertical LED tail lamps, improved aerodynamics, aluminum hood and liftgate panels are some of the highlights.
The passenger space of the Escalade is one of the industry’s most authentic and luxurious cabins featuring seamless technology integration. The interior highlights include real wood combined with premium cut-and-sewn materials and sueded accents, ambient lighting, heated and cooled seats in front and second-row bucket seats, triple-sealed doors for quieter cabin, high-resolution 12.3-inch digital driver information center display and, for the very first time, CUE – featuring an eight inch center screen that uses capacitive touch technology and gesture recognition, allowing swiping and tapping the same way as we do on our smartphones.