New 2015 Cadillac Escalade Review | Toronto Sun

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By Jeff Voth, Toronto Sun
Cadillac introduces a new 2015 Escalade, the 4th generation of its most sophisticated luxury SUV. The goal is to set the bar high and create a new benchmark in the industry for others to follow. Given the competition, it’s a heady objective, but not unachievable as Cadillac is renowned once again for building top-quality vehicles that standout in a crowd.
“Cadillac’s growth provides the ideal stage for the all-new Escalade to take a major leap forward,” said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, Global Cadillac. “The 2015 Escalade is completely new and elevated in design and technology, inside and out. The clear objective is to once again assume the leadership position among luxury SUVs.”
Built in Arlington, Texas, both the regular and long-wheelbase models will roll off the line. Seating for up to 8 is available, the longer Escalade highlighting a 355 mm stretched wheelbase and 508 mm more in overall length. Styling is edgy yet refined, with standard LED lighting and a unique Cadillac script crafted into the lens.
“The new Escalade’s surfacing is sophisticated, and the sectioning of the body exudes more emotion to forge a new presence for Cadillac’s iconic SUV,” said Bob Boniface, design director, Cadillac Exteriors. “Our designers worked with the studio sculptors closer than ever to translate a two-dimensional vision into a three-dimensional representation that captures your attention from afar, and then pulls you in with beautiful details in the lamps, door handles and wheels.”
Inside, cut and sewn material is featured throughout, with various wood trim options. Improved seats are more comfortable than in the past, the passenger compartment is quieter, taking full advantage of the Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology. CUE connectivity is standard, as is a 12.3-inch digital gauge interface.
Power comes from an all-new 6.2-litre V8 engine. It produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque delivered via a 6-speed automatic transmission with TapShift technology. Seventy-five percent of the new fully boxed frame is made of high-strength steel, providing a superior platform on which to build a world-class SUV. Will this be the new benchmark for others to follow? Time will tell.