Text: Mac Avendano / Photos: Cadillac | posted October 08, 2013 14:19
Production for the 4th gen Escalade begins in spring 2014
Cadillac introduced the 2015 Cadillac Escalade in New York yesterday. The 4th generation flagship SUV is recognizable despite changes in its design. Changes in the SUV include exterior tweaks, new engine, but much attention has been given to redesign the interior.
The exterior was redesigned yet it bears distinctive features that make it recognizable. It is longer by 508 mm and a wheelbase extended by 355 mm. The adjustments maximize the space for third-row passengers and adds 60% more cargo space behind that third row compared to its predecessor.
The new Escalade will come in 2wd and 4wd drivetrains that will be powered by a 6.2L V8 engine. The new engine will give the large SUV 426 PS of power (5% more) and 632 Nm of torque (10% more). Moreover, it uses direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), continuously variable valve timing, and an advanced combustion system. These new features are meant to make the vehicle optimize its engine output when subjected to different conditions. Lastly, the V8 is paired to the Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission with enhanced TapShift control.
As for its chassis and suspension, the Escalade will use coil-over shocks for the front suspension and five-link/coil-spring for the rear. Its wider rear track will give it a more planted stance while the new four-wheel-disc brake system offers the stopping capabilities to match the power delivered to the standard 20” wheels. For added stability and traction, it is equipped with an automatic locking rear differential and StabiliTrak system.
The interior enjoys a luxurious trim that uses wood, premium materials, and suede accents. The materials are emphasized by the ambient lighting inside. Aside from trims, passengers will enjoy the interior with the temperature-controlled front and second row seats. Passengers can also benefit from the CUE system integrated with the vehicle.
With all the new technology and design incorporated in the new Cadillac Escalade, it seems that it is ready for the market. However, the public will have to wait until next spring (around March to May 2014) before Cadillac begins its production.