Cadillac Escalade sauntered out onto the Los Angeles Auto Show stage, showing off its new familial face and redesigned interior. That exterior, with its slim, wrap-over headlights and tall, vertical taillights (both made up of LEDs) is a subtle but significant departure from the past styling of General Motors' flagship SUV.
And while there's no shortage of stuff to discuss about the Caddy's
exterior, its cabin is where the big changes happen. Aside from the
column-mounted shifter, the cabin receives a heavy going-over, receiving
Cadillac's new CUE infotainment system
and a significant upgrade to the materials. Comparing it to furniture,
Eric Clough, Cadillac's director of design for interiors, said, "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."
Under hood sits a 420-horsepower, 460-pound-foot, 6.2-liter V8. Fitted
with direct injection and active fuel management, fuel economy for the
big Escalade should get a much-needed boost beyond the current model's
14-city and 18-highway miles per gallon, although official numbers
haven't been published quite yet. A six-speed automatic is the sole
gearbox choice. Cadillac has also fitted the new Escalade with GM's
magnetic ride control system, which should deliver a more refined ride
than its predecessor.
The 2014 Escalade will be available in both standard and long-wheelbase
ESV variants, along with two and four-wheel drive (naturally).
Thanks to: Autoblog