CRAFTSMANSHIP DEFINES ALL-NEW CADILLAC ESCALADE
- Finely crafted interior with greater technology
- Emotional design evolution complemented by quieter cabin, smoother performance and more efficient powertrain
- Higher levels of luxury, technology, safety and comfort
- Magnetic Ride Control standard on all models
- Available as long wheelbase ESV for first time in Europe
ZURICH – From its introduction in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade quickly became an iconic full-size premium SUV, with a formula of bold design, powerful capability and luxurious accommodation. The all-new 2015 Escalade takes design and technical elements from Cadillac’s product expansion to elevate the brand’s signature SUV.
The fourth-generation Escalade has an entirely new exterior design yet is instantly recognizable. Inside, cut-and-sewn materials and wood trim, chosen for elegance and authenticity, combine with the latest technologies to convey an exceptional level of luxury.
“Cadillac's ongoing growth provides the ideal stage for the all-new Escalade to take a major step forward,” said Johan De Nysschen, President Cadillac. “The Escalade has always had a bold character, differentiating itself from other premium SUVs. Now, the Escalade adds more sophistication, with advanced technology and hand-tailored craftsmanship.”
The range includes the standard Escalade and the long wheelbase ESV edition, which offers a 355 mm longer wheelbase and approximately 508 mm more in overall length, maximizing space for third-row passengers and nearly double the luggage space behind the third-row seat.
In Europe, Escalade buyers can choose between the two top collections Premium and Platinum, offering higher levels of equipment and technology. All European models are offered with 4WD drivetrains, as well as a new 6.2L V-8 engine which is more powerful and more efficient than previous models.
In fact, it’s powerful enough to dispatch the standard 0 to 100 km/h benchmark in just 6.7 seconds. It delivers a combined consumption figure of 13.1 l/100 km. This represents a greater than 10 percent increase in efficiency over the outgoing model.
Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system, is fitted as standard, delivering precisely controlled driving performance. At its core, the Escalade is a fully capable SUV with a 3100 kg towing capability.
The Escalade’s new design provides a signature look of quality, elegance and capability. The styling cues combine sculpted surfaces and high technology embellishments to give the Escalade a unique appearance ensuring it stands out from the competition.
“At a glance, it is undeniably and unmistakably a Cadillac Escalade,” said Bob Boniface, Cadillac exterior design director. “It is powerful in size and presence, with integrated technologies that push its design to the leading edge.”
Dynamic front styling cues are enhanced by a highly detailed Galvano chrome grille that has a unique, almost brushed appearance. It is accented by full light-emitting diode (LED) lights front and rear, creating a unique, razor-like vertical light signature. LEDs provide even, steady and exceptionally bright illumination, while delivering longer life and significantly less energy use than conventional lighting.
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 rear lights reach to the top of the Escalade and feature the brand’s crest insignia, which illuminate in the dark.
New inlaid triple sealed doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly reducing cabin noise and contributing to improved aerodynamics – an attribute that helps the Escalade slip through the air with less drag for greater efficiency. Lightweight aluminum hood and aluminum tailgate panels help to reduce overall mass and in turn aid efficiency.
Additional exterior features include:
- The rear is dominated by signature LED lighting extending full-height, from the fascia to the roof. The twin, light-blade taillamps recall Cadillac’s design heritage
- Chrome-accented side assist steps are standard, with power-retractable assist steps with light-pipe technology available on all models
- Standard Illuminated door handles
- Standard heated, power-adjustable and power-folding mirrors
- Standard hands-free, power-programmable tailgate
- The standard rear spoiler on the tailgate houses a rear window wiper that is hidden when not in use
- Capless fueling
- Standard 22-inch premium painted aluminum wheels.
Craftsmanship defines the 2015 Escalade’s passenger space, which is designed to be one of the industry’s most authentic and luxurious cabins – with seamless technology integration. And like the exterior, there’s harmony with Cadillac’s other vehicles in the cabin’s appearance, amenities and controls.
“An exceptional level of craftsmanship is found in the 2015 Escalade, and it all centers on the premium, layered 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 the Escalade with what we call the beauty of contrast – a distinctive combination of bold, SUV character, but also the refinement of the Cadillac form vocabulary and technology.”
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.
The seats were designed to be more comfortable and sculpted in appearance with a reclining second row. The design incorporates dual-density foam that ensures long-trip comfort and helps retain appearance over time.
Additional interior features include:
- Standard keyless entry and push-button start
- Standard electric telescoping/tilting steering column and power adjustable pedals
- Standard heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood accents
- Concealed center-stack storage with motorized door
- Standard tri-zone climate control
- Standard rear seat entertainment (DVD and Blu-Ray)
- New fold-flat second- and third-row seats, with standard power-folding third row
- Heated and cooled seats are standard in front and second-row bucket seats have standard heat
- Three interior color choices: Jet Black, Shale/Cocoa and Kona Brown/Jet Black.
The Escalade is also a quieter environment, thanks to a stronger body structure, enhanced use of noise-attenuating materials and processes, including triple-sealed doors and acoustic-laminate glass and Bose® Active Noise Cancelation technology. Even the exterior mirrors were carefully shaped in the wind tunnel to reduce wind noise.
Platinum – ultimate comfort and luxury
The range-topping Platinum Collection extends and upgrades the use of premium materials within the Escalade's cut-and-sewn interior. First- and second-row seats are wrapped in Nappa semi-aniline leather, while the dashboard, upper door panels and center console are clad in hand-stitched and hand-wrapped leather. Customers can choose between two distinct interior environments, each paired with sueded microfiber headliner trim and unique exotic wood accents.
Escalade Platinum Collection is also designed to provide passengers with unsurpassed comfort and convenience. Heated and cooled 18-way power front seats are standard, and include a massaging function on the driver's seat. A pair of 7-inch LCD screens, embedded in the front head rests, supplement the overhead 9-inch screen, while a cooled center console compartment can keep beverages chilled.
Platinum models are offered in two interior themes: Jet Black or Tusca Brown both featuring a semi-aniline leather interior, premium floor mats and Platinum-branded door sill plates.
Infotainment and connectivity
Technology is integral to the Escalade’s driving experience. New and enhanced features help make the Escalade controls even more intuitive.
CUE – Cadillac User Experience – is standard. It is an advanced system for connectivity and control, featuring state-of-the-art voice recognition with touch controls common with the world’s most popular tablets and mobile devices. The eight-inch center screen uses capacitive touch technology and gesture recognition, enabling tapping and swiping in common with smartphones and tablets.
The system also 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 reconfigurable, high-resolution 12.3-inch digital driver information center (DIC) display paired with Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, with data also shown on a full-color head-up display. Along with vehicle systems information, the DIC provides details on the audio, Bluetooth phone and navigation systems, which can be adjusted via steering wheel controls.
Enhanced connectivity includes a new Text Messaging Alerts feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile, which reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users to enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity, to help keep phones safely stowed and hands on the wheel.
Bose® surround sound system
The 2015 Escalade features a new Bose surround sound system that is the most advanced ever in a Cadillac. Customized exclusively for the Escalade, it features new technologies that help heighten the sophisticated in-vehicle experience.
Proprietary technologies and 16 strategically placed speakers create a concert-like experience throughout the cabin. Five custom-tuned speakers placed across the instrument panel and front doors, combined with Bose Advanced Staging Technology, help reproduce expansive sound with exceptional precision and clarity.
Further enhancing the experience is Bose Centerpoint 2 signal processing circuitry, which enables a surround sound experience from stereo sources across all rows and SurroundStage® signal processing circuitry, which compensates for off-center vehicle seating to create 360-degree sound for every occupant.
A standard Blu-Ray DVD rear entertainment system is tied into the audio system and includes a nine-inch, roof-mounted screen on Escalade and two nine-inch screens on Escalade ESV. The overhead system also includes built-in remote storage, USB, SD car and RCA ports.
Performance and driving experience
Escalade performance advances with an all-new, more powerful and more efficient 6.2L V-8 engine delivering 426 horsepower (313 kW) and 610 Nm of torque – a nearly 5-percent increase in power and 10-percent more torque than the outgoing engine. The greater torque delivers an enhanced feeling of power on demand and greater confidence when towing.
The new 6.2L engine features state-of-the-art technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management – also known as cylinder deactivation – continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency all across the rev range. More precisely controlled combustion enables the Escalade to run with a higher compression ratio delivering greater power and increased efficiency.
The engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with enhanced TapShift control.
The 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 over 75 percent high-strength steel is the foundation for its ride quality.
Chassis and suspension highlights include:
- A wider rear track that contributes to a more planted stance
- Addition of a cross-axis ball joint on the frame-side of the rear suspension lateral link that enhances steering precision
- Third-generation Magnetic Ride Control is standard, with two selectable modes. Its new, dual-electric-coil design enabled engineers to tune with more resolution to handle quickly changing road conditions
- New, electric variable-assist power steering system enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed
- New four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife™ brake rotors that offer up to double the service life
- Revisions that improve pedal feel for more-confident braking performance
- New tires designed to enhance efficiency, ride quality, handling and stopping performance
- Standard automatic locking rear differential that provides greater traction when needed and greater driving comfort when it’s not.
A new four-wheel-drive system enables the driver to select an Auto mode for set-it-and-forget-it automatic activation when conditions call for extra traction assist. A separate 4 HI mode offers the most capability for more challenging conditions.
Safety and security measures
The Escalade’s new technologies include safety features to help protect occupants before, during and after a collision such as the segment’s only Front Center Air Bag. This feature deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants in side-impact crashes.
A Driver Awareness package includes a blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, forward collision alert, lane departure warning system, and the patented safety alert seat, which pulses the left, right or both seat cushion bolsters to alert the driver of a dangerous situation. A driver assist package adds full speed range adaptive cruise control, intelligent brake assist and automatic seat belt tightening.
All Escalade collections feature a Surround View camera system to help increase visibility.
The new Escalade has also been designed with greater security features to thwart thieves, including glass breakage sensors, motion detectors and a self-leveling inclination sensor that sounds an alarm if a thief attempts to steal wheels or tires, or tow or lift the vehicle onto a flatbed truck.
The advanced theft protection package also includes door shields in the driver’s door, which help block access to those using a “slim jim”-type unlocking device.
CADILLAC FAST FACT: Escalade has won J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Survey in the US for its segment the last four years and captured J.D. Power’s Dependability Award for 2014.