TBO.com: Tampa Bay Online, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times - breaking news and weather.
Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

Cadillac unwraps a new Escalade


Published:

Rappers and rock stars rejoice — Cadillac has just unveiled an all-new Escalade. And the good news: It’s as big, bad and boxy as before.

Just when we thought the days were numbered for XXL-sized SUVs, along comes the thoroughly refreshed 2015 Caddy Escalade.

If anything, it’s even squarer and boxier than before, as Cadillac designers focused even more intensely on their Art & Science origami-folded-paper design thinking.

The edges are now so sharp and creased, you’ll risk flesh wounds ever time you give it a wash.

And they’ve gone overboard with the kind of design features that are guaranteed to spin heads at the Bucs parking lot at Raymond James.

Just gaze upon those quite amazing headlamps, which feature four vertically-stacked crystal lenses. Just don’t call them mere lights — these are Total Internal Reflection LEDs.

And in case you are in any doubt as to the origins of this automotive whopper, that oversized Caddy wreath and crest logo on the enlarged front grille will light up at night.

Powering this 2015 Escalade is GM’s stump-pulling 6.2-liter V-8, cranking out 420 horses and 460 lb-ft of torque. Enough to haul an impressive 8,200 pounds. If you can get the QE2 on a trailer, this puppy will drag it.

But in a bid to ensure fuel economy that at least hits double figures, the new V-8 features direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation technology so that it’ll run just fine on six cylinders most of the time.

The real advancements with this new Escalade, however, are with heightened luxury quota. While the last Escalade was pretty ritzy, this new one takes it up a notch or three.

As before, the big Caddy will be offered in two sizes: standard wheelbase and the stretched-by-14-inches ESV. Production kicks off at GM’s Arlington, Texas, plant early next year, with sales starting in the spring.

No word on pricing yet, but I’m betting they won’t stray too far from today’s $63,745 base sticker.

I own up to always being a huge fan of the old-school Escalade. Yes, it’s big and thirsty and causes a gag flex every time Al Gore sees one.

But when it comes to transporting five or seven people in blissful comfort, it’s tough to beat.

On sale next spring, the 2015 Escalade features bold, razor-edged styling and plenty of new technology.

Subscribe to The Tampa Tribune

Comments