Global debut of 2015 Escalade set in October in NY

Article by Anita Panait, on August 16, 2013

The global debut of General Motors’ redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade sports utility vehicle will take place in New York City in October 2013. GM is expected to launch the 2015 Escalade for sale next spring. The 2015 Cadillac Escalade to be underpinned by a body-on-frame platform, a version of the one that underpins the redesigned GM pickups launched in June.

The next-generation Escalade – dubbed by GM in its media invitation to the debut as a “bold, evolutionary statement” -- is expected to don an improved interior, like a fold-flat third-row seat. Sources told Automotive News that the 2015 Escalade will have base price that could be several thousand dollars higher than the base 2014 model’s $67,985 tag, including the destination fee.

Prices for Cadillac’s offering have been increasing as it introduces more sophisticated vehicles to compete more directly with German premium carmakers. For instance, the redesigned Cadillac CTS sedan will have a price that is over $6,000 more expensive than its outgoing sibling.

Cadillac posted a 1-percent hike in sales of the Escalade -- including the extended ESV model and the EXT pickup – in the United States to 12,638 units in the first seven months of 2013. GM is not bound to build the EXT version for the 2015 Escalade.

Cadillac posted a 30-percent jump in overall sales in the US in the first seven months of 2013, only to Porsche’s 31-percent growth in the country. Boosting Cadillac’s strong sales performance in the US are its ATS compact and XTS large sedan, which were just launched in 2012. GM has said that it will introduce 10 new or overhauled Cadillac models by mid-2015, including the redesigned Escalade and the CTS.

Available in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive variants, the new Cadillac Escalade is powered by a new 6.2-liter V8 engine. This more powerful yet more efficient powertrain is complemented, as standard, by Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control, which is regarded as the fastest-reacting suspension system in the world.

Its exterior is defined by crisp and more sophisticated surfaces as highlighted by Led (light-emitting diode) or LED lighting. Inside, the new Escalade is provided with cut-and-sewn and wrapped materials as accentuated by authentic and elegant wood trims. The new Escalade boasts of a quieter ride inside, as made possible by Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology, enhanced acoustic material and a stronger new body structure. Aside from being quiet, the interior also promotes a high level of comfort thanks to engineered seats.

Featured as standard in the new Escalade is the so-called CUE (Cadillac User Experience), an advanced connectivity and control system with voice recognition and touch controls typical of smartphones and tablets. It comes with a standard 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that can be reconfigured in four themes. Available is an HUD (head-up display) unit that could project information onto the windshield of the Escalade. Also available is a Blu-Ray DVD rear entertainment system that makes use of a nine-inch, roof-mounted screen (two nine-inch screens on Escalade ESV).

Interestingly, the Escalade offer over 1.5 inches (44 mm) more front headroom and over four more inches (101 mm) of front legroom. Users who wanted a more versatile cargo space could have the second- and third-row seats folded flat, as helped by a hands-free liftgate with programmable height settings.

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