Following this morning's leak, Cadillac has officially unveiled the 2015 Escalade.
Set to go into production next spring, the redesigned model has an evolutionary design and features a prominent grille that is flanked by LED headlights. Moving further back we can see sculpted lines, chrome trim and 20-inch alloy wheels (22-inchers are optional).
Bigger changes occur in the cabin as the model has been significantly improved with higher quality materials and a modern design. Notable highlights include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a CUE infotainment system, ambient lighting and genuine wood trim. The model also has heated and cooled front seats, heated reclining second-row seats and fold-flat second- and third-row seats. Customers can also order a Blu-Ray / DVD rear seat entertainment system that has one nine-inch screen on the standard model and two nine-inch screens on the ESV. Last but not least, the cabin is significantly quieter thanks to additional sound deadening material, triple-sealed doors and Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology.
On the handling front, the model benefits from a stronger chassis, an electric variable-assist power steering system and Magnetic Ride Control. The Escalade also boasts an automatic locking rear differential, four wheel disc brakes and a StabiliTrak electronic stability control system.
If the improved handling can't save you, you'll be glad to know the model has several new safety features including a Front Seat Center-Mounted air bag, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Alert. There's also a Driver Awareness package which includes Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat and a Lane Departure Warning System. Customers can also order a Driver Assist package has Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control, Front and Rear Automatic Braking, Automatic Collision Preparation and Automatic Safety Belt Tightening.
Power is provided by a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine that develops 420 bhp (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft (623) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional four-wheel drive system.
Check out the press release for additional information