2015 Cadillac Escalade has LED headlights, unique interior

Cadillac has officially unveiled its new Escalade SUV, which will, no doubt, have rappers from both coasts in a tizzy and their managers advancing cheques to their nearest Caddy dealer.

The new Escalade is differentiated from its more humble Chevrolet Subarban/Tahoe and GMC Yukon brethren via unique front end sporting a state-sized Caddy grille and slimline LED headlights, more liberal use of chrome, and Volvo-esque tail-lights that stretch all the way from the bumper to the roof.

Just as significantly this third generation Escalade is the first to feature an interior all to its own, with most surfaces are covered in alcantara (artificial suede) or leather. The 2015 Escalade comes standard with a 12.3-inch touchscreen for its Cue entertainment and nav system, as well as capacitive controls for the climate control system.

A 313kW/610Nm 6.2-litre V8, shared with the GMC Yukon Denali, is the only engine you’ll find under the Escalade’s hood. It’s mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and drives either the rear or all four wheels.

The Escalade rides on either 20- or 22-inch alloy wheels, and can be had with heated seats in the first and second rows, and a centre-mounted side airbag for passengers in the front. The Escalade’s extra equipment adds up to 130kg in weight compared to the more plebian Chevrolet and GMC versions.

Features shared with the lesser Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon range include fold flat seats with electric operation for the second and third row, alloys up to 22 inches in diameter, power retractable sidesteps, proximity entry key, push button start, powered tailgate, “magnetic ride control” suspension, 8-inch touchscreen, rear seat entertainment with a Blu-ray/DVD player, up to six USB and power ports (including a 110V mains outlet), adaptive cruise control, lane changing assistance, rear traffic monitoring, and driver’s seat vibration for alarms and warnings.

As before the Escalade will be available in XXXXXXL and XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXL (or ESV form). The Caddy goes into production in 2014; prices have yet to be set.

Dimensions, weight

  Cadillac Escalade Cadillac Escalade ESV
Length 5,180mm 5,698mm
Width 2,044mm 2,044mm
Height 1,889mm 1,880mm
Wheelbase 2,946mm 3,302mm
Weight 2,541kg (RWD)
2,651kg (4WD)
2,643kg (RWD)
2,760kg (4WD)
Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]