Craftsmanship Defines All-New 2015 Cadillac Escalade
- Precisely crafted interior with more technology
- Emotional design evolution complemented by quieter cabin, smoother
performance and more efficient powertrain
- Higher levels of luxury, with sophisticated new technology for
safety and connectivity
NEW YORK ? Cadillac today introduced the all-new 2015 Escalade, a
sophisticated luxury SUV designed to establish new benchmarks for
hand-tailored craftsmanship and technology.
The fourth-generation Escalade is an entirely new design yet instantly
recognizable. Much of the story of Cadillac's redesigned flagship SUV
is on the interior, where new levels of luxury combine with the latest
"Cadillac's growth provides the ideal stage for the all-new
Escalade to take a major leap forward," said Bob Ferguson, senior
vice president, Global Cadillac. "The 2015 Escalade is completely
new and elevated in design and technology, inside and out. The clear
objective is to once again assume the leadership position among luxury
From its introduction, Escalade quickly became the standard among
luxury SUVs with a formula of bold design, powerful capability and
luxurious accommodations for up to eight occupants. Three succeeding
generations led luxury SUV customers to confer icon status on it. The
2015 Escalade takes design and technical elements from Cadillac's
product expansion to elevate the brand's signature SUV.
Production of the 2015 Escalade begins next spring in Arlington,
Texas. The product line will consist of the standard Escalade model,
as well as the extended-length ESV edition, with offers a
14-inch-longer (355 mm) wheelbase and approximately 20 inches (508 mm)
more in overall length, maximizing space for third-row passengers and
60 percent more cargo space behind the third-row seat than the
Offered with 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, Escalade features a new 6.2L V-8
engine that is more powerful and more efficient than previous models.
Cadillac's Magnetic Ride Control, the world's fastest-reacting
suspension system, is now standard and delivers precisely controlled
The exterior features crisp, new and more sophisticated surfaces,
accented by dramatic light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting.
The new interior features cut-and-sewn and wrapped materials, with
wood trim options chosen for elegance and authenticity. Seats were
engineered to be more comfortable and sculpted in appearance. The new
interior is dramatically quieter, too, thanks to a stronger new body
structure, new and enhanced acoustic material, and Bose Active Noise
CUE, Cadillac's advanced system for connectivity and control, is
standard featuring state-of-the-art voice recognition with touch
controls common with the world's most popular tablets and mobile
devices. A standard 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster 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.
The front seating area offers more than 1.5 inches (44 mm) more
headroom and more than four inches (101 mm) of additional legroom
compared to previous models while the second- and third-row seats fold
flat for greater cargo versatility ? and a segment-first hands-free
liftgate includes programmable height settings.
Escalade's new technologies include safety features to help protect
occupants before, during and after a collision, such as Front and Rear
Automatic Braking, which relies on short-range radar technology and
ultrasonic sensors to help the driver avoid front and rear low-speed
collisions via a progression of alerts that extend to complete
braking, if necessary.
Also new is the segment's only Front Seat Center-Mounted air bag,
which is engineered to provide additional protection to drivers and
front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected
occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.
A Driver Awareness package includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane
Departure Warning System, and the patented Safety Alert Seat, which
offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential
crash threats. A Driver Assist package adds Full Speed Range Adaptive
Cruise Control, Front and Rear Automatic Braking and Automatic Safety
Additionally, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane
Change Alert are standard on Luxury and Premium models.
Craftsmanship defines the 2015 Escalade's passenger space, designed to
be one of the industry's most authentic and luxurious cabins mixed
with seamless technology integration for today's connected luxury
Real wood combined with premium cut-and-sewn materials and sueded
accents, along with ambient lighting, were designed to add elegance to
the interior design. Tight tolerances of the instrument panel and door
panels, precision controls and triple-sealed doors were engineered and
designed to reinforce a feeling of quality.
"An exceptional level of craftsmanship has gone into the redesign
of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, and it all centers on the premium
materials and extensive use of cut-and-sew live stitching ? the way
fine furniture is produced," said Eric Clough, director of
design, Cadillac Interiors. "We designed Escalade with what we
call the beauty of contrast. It offers a distinctive combination of
bold, truck-like character, but also the refinement of the Cadillac
form vocabulary and technology."
The seats were designed to be more comfortable and sculpted in
appearance with a reclining second row. The design incorporates
dual-firmness foam that ensures long-trip comfort and helps retain
appearance over time.
Heated and cooled seats are standard in front and second-row bucket
seats have standard heat. The available second-row bench has heated
outboard seats now reclines.
Technology is integral to the Escalade's driving experience. New and
help make what already was one of the industry's most-connected
vehicles more intuitive.
For the first time, Escalade will feature CUE standard. The eight-inch
center screen uses capacitive touch technology and gesture
recognition, enabling tapping and swiping common to smartphones and
tablets. CUE uses proximity sensors to activate common options and
controls as the user's hand approaches. An expanded
"favorites" section offers quick access to phone contacts,
navigation destinations ? even digital music ? in the same one-touch
form as traditional radio presets.
The instrument cluster features a standard, reconfigurable,
high-resolution 12.3-inch digital driver information center display
paired with Cadillac's CUE infotainment system. Key data also is
displayed on an available, full-color head-up display. Along with
vehicle systems information, the color driver information center also
provides details on the audio, Bluetooth phone and navigation systems,
and they can be easily adjusted via steering wheel controls.
The new Escalade's exterior advances a 15-year legacy of design
distinction with evolved character cues designed to add
sophistication. Full LED lighting creates a bold new interpretation of
Cadillac's vertical light signature.
The headlamps incorporate the industry's first Total Internal
Reflection LED high-beam function, which consists of four vertically
stacked crystal lenses and LEDs. The low beam consists of five crystal
lenses and LEDs that create the light pattern. The Cadillac script is
branded in the headlamp bezel. Tall, thin vertical LED taillamps reach
to the top of the Escalade and feature the brand's wreath-and-crest
insignia, which illuminates in the dark. Escalade also features
LED-illuminated door handles on the Premium Collection.
"The new Escalade's surfacing is sophisticated, and the
sectioning of the body exudes more emotion to forge a new presence for
Cadillac's iconic SUV," said Bob Boniface, design director,
Cadillac Exteriors. "Our designers worked with the studio
sculptors closer than ever to translate a two-dimensional vision into
a three-dimensional representation that captures your attention from
afar, and then pulls you in with beautiful details in the lamps, door
handles and wheels."
New inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the
top of the body, significantly reducing wind noise and contributing to
improved aerodynamics that help the vehicles slip through the air on
the highway with less wind drag. Active air shutters close in front of
the condenser/radiator assembly at certain highway speeds to improve
aerodynamics for greater efficiency. A lightweight aluminum hood and
liftgate panels reduce overall mass.
Body panel gaps are tighter throughout. The new liftgate is designed
to be sleeker in appearance integrates the rear window wiper into the
"Moving the rear wiper to the top of the glass and packaging it
within the contours of the spoiler resulted in a clean appearance and
improved visibility," said Boniface. "It is an example of
the attention to detail in the new Escalade."
Performance and driving experience
The performance threshold for the 2015 Escalade lineup rises with an
all-new, more efficient 6.2L V-8 engine rated at an SAE-certified 420
horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm) ? a nearly
5-percent increase in horsepower and 10 percent more torque. The
greater torque delivers an enhanced feeling of power on demand,
particularly from a standstill and at low speeds.
The new 6.2L features state-of-the-art technologies, including direct
injection, Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation,
continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system,
designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a
broad range of operating conditions. More precisely controlled
combustion enables Escalade to run with a higher compression ratio,
which delivers greater power and greater expected efficiency.
The engine is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic
transmission with enhanced TapShift control.
Escalade's performance is channeled to a more sophisticated chassis
and suspension system, engineered for a greater feeling of solidity
and a quieter, smoother ride. A fully boxed frame ? composed of more
than 75 percent high-strength steel ? is the foundation for its ride
quality. New shear-style body mounts help reduce vibrations
transmitted into the vehicle.
Additional chassis and suspension highlights include:
- Coil-over-shock front suspension and five-link/coil-spring rear
- 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
- 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
- Third-generation magnetic ride control is standard with Tour and
Magnetic Ride Control is a real-time damping system that delivers more
precise body motion control by "reading" the road every
millisecond. Damping can go from full force to lowest force in a few
milliseconds, or within three inches of road travel. It replaces
conventional mechanical-valve shocks with electronically controlled
shocks filled with a magneto-rheological fluid containing minute iron
particles. Under the presence of a magnetic field, the iron particles
align to provide damping resistance almost instantly.
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