Monday, October 7th; New York Altman Building hosted the Reveal of the hottest body on the street. The 2015 Cadillac Escalade, that is. She's classy, classy, and nothing short of Luxury and Poetry in motion.
With the help of indie rock photographer Autumn de Wilde, Cadillac pulled covers off its all-new Escalade SUV on Monday evening in New York City. Undressed in front of thirsty lens, she commanded the room as the door opened. She captivated an audience and showed no shyness to the paparazzi. She turned slowly and gracefully, paused to strike a pose! A smile pierced betwixt the doors and through her grille, while aggressive and bold, enchanted onlookers. Her curves embraced the interior of the fourth-generation Escalade. Her invitation extended to eight and will be available in two-wheel or all-wheel-drive next spring.
The redesign of the inside and outside of the Escalade was something deep. Forces to be reckoned with. Outside, the front coincides with its predecessor, though it now features full LED taillights that run from the top of the bumper to the top of the rear window.
The 2015 Escalade will also be stepping its safety game up and in-line with the rest of Cadillac's lineup with the addition of new radar-based safety systems. There's adaptive cruise control with full speed range, which can bring the vehicle to a complete stop when traffic slows to stop-and-go, which shares its forward sensor with the forward collision alert system that notifies an inattentive driver when a front collision is imminent. Lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring also join the feature mix.
V-8 power is standard, coming in the form of a more efficient 6.2-liter engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Like many of GM’s new V-8 engines, this one comes with various fuel-saving technologies, such as direct-injection and cylinder deactivation under light loads. All Escalades will come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
One of the features that Cadillac is most proud of for this generation of vehicles is the Safety Alert Seat, which sets motors in the seat cushion vibrating to alert the driver of potential crashing hazards. The vibrations are direction, so if you drift over the lane dividing line on the left or right side of the vehicle, the vibrating motors will buzz under the left or right thigh, respectively, of the driver.
Edward T. Welburn Jr., GM Vice President Global Design took to the stage and was congratulated on the very elegant, well defined, interior, leathers & suede’s throughout the vehicle.
“I wanted a min of 2 inches of improvement in that area and the team achieved it and came through and I am very happy for that” Edward T Welburn Jr.
Cadillac Executive Chief Engineer Dave Leone
Dave: on the role of chief engineering and how you bring engineering and performance to program like the Escalade
“The biggest part of my job is to work with Jeff and the Escalade team to make sure the Cadillac customer voice is heard throughout the process.”
“More specifically my job is to make sure we drive consistency in the way we execute the car from the way the technology is presented to the customer, whether we are talking about Cadillac heads up display, forward parking assistance, we want to make sure it’s the same in each of the Cadillac’s. It’s especially important when we try to build a brand like Cadillac. With every new vehicle, especially Escalade this is the vehicle that sells Cadillac to the marketplace.”
Escalade Executive Chief Engineer Jeff Luke: What did you bring to this project and how important was performance in the equation?
“Cadillac is the standard of theworld. We wanted this Escalade to raise the bar in sophistication and refinement and we had the opportunity to do a full, clean sheet here where we can take this truck to the next level. Ed (Edward) has already touched on the great levels of new interior, refinement, comfort and sophistication. But we’ve also made the new escalade more comfortable, easier to live with and much more enjoyable. For example: We’ve improved the second row entry and egress and of course one of the biggest changes in the new interior is the push button fold flat second and third row seats. We really think that these features are going to be tremendously accepted by our customers.”