Read the complete 2015 Cadillac Escalade Review at AutoGuide.comBringing Back the Bling
by Craig Cole
In a world where downsizing is the norm and efficiency is a huge priority, Cadillac is launching a totally redesigned Escalade.
Engine: A 6.2L V8 delivers 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Transmission: A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board.
Fuel Economy: The Escalade 2WD models rated at 15 MPG city, 21 MPG highway. 4WD ESV models get 14 MPG city and 20 highway.
Price: The 2015 Escalade starts at $72,690. Four-wheel drive costs an additional $2,600 while a four-wheel drive ESV Premium model costs $86,790.
This may seem like a questionable decision given that fuel economy and environmental concerns are at the top of many customers’ minds, but full-size luxury SUVs are still an important and profitable part of the market.
The 2015 version of this gilded lily is all new right down to its very foundation. In traditional Cadillac form it promises to give well-heeled buyers a more lavish interior, additional standard content and a more refined on-road experience, all without sacrificing any of the nameplate’s traditional bravado.
Bad To Its Truck-Based Bones
Caddy’s redesigned Escalade tussles with some tough competition. Rivals include the Mercedes-Benz GL, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX 570 and the long-forgotten Lincoln Navigator. This is not a segment automakers can serve with warmed-over versions of mainstream models, not if they actually want to succeed. Luxury customers expect a lot and the 2015 Escalade promises to deliver.
Ruggedness is an important consideration; many customers live active lifestyles. Accordingly this is one tough truck. Unlike many of today’s car-based crossover vehicles, it rides atop a traditional ladder frame. It’s built like a pickup and designed to take a beating. The supporting structure is fully boxed and comprised of more than 75 percent high-strength steel, something that makes hauling heavy loads or towing a gigantic boat a fuss-free affair.