The redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade is still quite fresh on the market, but the luxury brand has a host of mid-model-year updates for its massive luxury SUV that should make it an even better driver. The range-topping Platinum Collection (pictured above) is also all set to ensconce drivers in leather when it hits the road in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The entire Escalade range now gets an eight-speed automatic to replace the previous six-speed, and four-wheel drive models also get a two-speed transfer case to go along with it. New standard features include a Surround View camera system, 4G LTE connectivity, and the electric tailgate also now closes hands-free, in addition to opening that way.

To make riding in the Escalade an even more luxurious experience, Cadillac is adding a Platinum trim. Exterior changes add even more shine to the behemoth SUV with a grille wearing the redesigned brand crest, additional chrome trim, 22-inch wheels and Platinum badges. However, the interior is where things really get plush. The first and second row of seats are wrapped in Nappa, semi-aniline leather in a choice of either beige or gray. The dashboard, upper door panels and center console also get hand-stitched and wrapped leather, plus a suede microfiber headliner. Both front seats are heated and cooled with 18-way power adjustments, and the driver even gets a massaging function. Rear passengers are hardly left out, either, with 7-inch LCD screens in the headrests and a 9-inch screen in the center.

All of these upgrades do have an effect on the 'Slade's price, which is now $1,275 higher to start at $73,965, including destination. The top-spec Platinum with all of its extra high-quality leather goes for $90,270, including the $995 destination fee. Scroll down to read the complete announcement.
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New Platinum Collection, Added Features Elevate Escalade Craftsmanship and Technology

Entire SUV line gets 8-Speed transmission, Surround View camera and 4G LTE connectivity

2014-08-11
DETROIT – Cadillac today announced numerous enhancements to the just-launched 2015 Escalade, including the new range-topping Platinum Collection model launching in the fourth quarter this year.

Escalade Platinum features elegant, hand-crafted luxury additions to both the exterior and interior while the entire Escalade range gets new technical features, highlighted by the addition of 4G LTE connectivity, a new 8-speed automatic transmission and a Surround View camera system to help increase visibility.

"Since the launch just a few months ago, the next-generation Escalade has proved exceptionally desirable among luxury SUV buyers," said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Cadillac. "Now, within the same year we are able to elevate the Escalade line with the Platinum Collection, as well as deliver enhancements through the entire Escalade range."

The 2015 Escalade Platinum 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 seven-inch LCD screens, embedded in the front head rests, supplement the overhead 9-inch screen, while a cooled center console compartment can keep chilled beverages handy. Platinum models also include premium floor mats and Platinum-branded door sill plates.

Escalade Platinum models ride on 22-inch wheels and the model is distinguished by chrome accents, Platinum exterior badging, and a unique grille mesh design. All Escalade models wear the new, streamlined Cadillac Crest.

In addition, all Escalade models – from the standard Collection through to the Platinum – feature a host of technology upgrades. Vehicle performance is aided by the new eight-speed automatic transmission that is standard on all models, as well as a two-speed transfer case standard on four-wheel drive models. An electronic hands-free liftgate already standard on Escalade will also feature hands-free closing capability.

Like the new ATS sport sedan, Escalade includes OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity with a WiFi hotspot capable of connecting up to seven devices and inductive wireless device charging. Surround View, which provides a bird's eye view of the area immediately surrounding the vehicle.

The enhancements add just $1275 to Escalade's starting price in the U.S., for a total of $73,965, including destination.

The top-of-the-range 2015 Escalade Platinum is priced from $90,270, including $995 in destination.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.com. Cadillac's media website with information, images and video can be found at media.cadillac.com.


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      11fiveoh
      • 4 Months Ago

      Remember when escalades were 50k?...

      John
      • 4 Months Ago

      That new wreathless crest has nowhere near the presence of the old one. It gets totally lost on that giant grille.

      IBx27
      • 4 Months Ago

      Needs the wreath.  Desperately.

      andrewhartley11
      • 4 Months Ago

      The 8-Speed and 4G are nice improvements. Saw one in person recently, the exterior is stunning, very nice.

      Edsel
      • 4 Months Ago *Edited*

      $90k for that thing is INSANE. GM is easily making $60k on every unit sold. First year depreciation will plummet faster than Saab stock.

        mbukukanyau
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Edsel

        This is a truck with a 100% cut and sew interior. That is Rolls Royce stuff

          Edsel
          • 4 Months Ago
          @mbukukanyau

          Are not 90% of all car interiors "cut and sew" interiors? Rolls Royce did not invent scissors, needle and thread. Raising the newly resuscitated Cadillac brand to Rolls/Bentley reputation is hillarious. Do you work for GM?

        Terona
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Edsel

        Rich people don't care about depreciation, they know 90K Cadillac is not an investment, but a depreciating expense.  They mostly want comfort and size and  status.

          Edsel
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Terona

          The wealthy people I know drive ordinary cars, that's if they own them. Most of the wealthy do not own cars, their investment trusts or LLC corporations do. For security purposes, the wealthy do not register vehicles with their name and residency.

          yonomo200
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Terona

          I see them in Petoskey and Traverse City, at multimillion dollar mansions, along with Fusions and LaCrosses and Camrys. People with money do buy Escalades. They also buy very ordinary cars. I remember seeing Ross Perot driving a five year old Oldsmobile. Think what you will, karfreek. You're wrong.

          Karfreek
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Terona

          Rich people don't buy these.  People who think they are rich lease them...  There a big difference.

          xantia10000
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Terona

          Of course rich people care about depreciation: that's one reason why they are rich!  Wannabe rich people perhaps don't.  And this is who I'd imagine buys Escalades.

        Technoir
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Edsel

        A 120k range rover is fine, but a cadillac no way? Why the double standard? 

          dohc73
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Technoir

          Good then, you go purchase your $120 grand Rover because you actually think it's worth it.  I'll beep my horn as I pass you and your bling truck on the side of the road most likely dead. 

        ctizzle
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Edsel

        Care to base these statements on anything factual besides your hatred of GM? Better than the ...hhave u seen those, or the fancy Infiniti SUV s?!?

        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Edsel

        Well, that's would be true of any luxury SUV, if people BOUGHT them - but they don't - they LEASE.

      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago

      Poor Lincoln Navigator gets even further behind.

      superchan7
      • 4 Months Ago
      Has the Escalade hit $100k yet?

      Not that it's a problem, an 84-month loan will fix that issue easily.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 4 Months Ago
        @superchan7

        Well, I hate to break it to you, but people who buy high end vehicles LEASE them! Sorry, your comment is just lame and immaterial to the discussion, but thanks for playing!

        dohc73
        • 4 Months Ago
        @superchan7

        84's the new 72. 

      MechE
      • 4 Months Ago
      New design is going to take some time to get used to, still like the previous generation more. 
      auktane
      • 4 Months Ago

      Its 2014! They can make a beautiful looking center console with a beautiful modern looking touch screen, and they go and add cheap aftermarket looking headrest monitor that probably cost no more than 50 bucks.  Pretty sure that option is 1K plus!

      FRD
      • 4 Months Ago

      Land yacht.  Looks cool.

        BG
        • 4 Months Ago
        @FRD

        No, looks idiotic and low class.

      mbukukanyau
      • 4 Months Ago

      While that interior is impressive, Cadillac needs to do more.

      That Chevrolet Shifter needs to go. Then this truck needs proper  Second row executive sitting, IRS and 8 speed, plus at least 550 hp and 550 lbs feet of torques.

      Otherwise its just a gussied up Tahoe. 

        BB79826
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau

        Do you seriously think the people who buy the Escalade are comparing it to the Tahoe?  The Escalade is all about status, not about content.

          Edsel
          • 4 Months Ago
          @BB79826

          It's the crazy price that makes it "exclusive". Most reasonable people would buy the Chevy or GMC version and save a TON of money.

          SC'ed
          • 1 Month Ago
          @BB79826

          I sat in the Escalade last weekend, Premium Edition. I was shocked at the level of refinement and the quality of materials throughout. It was sorely needed. 

          The seats were stitched beautifully. They were firm but comfortable. The dash made sense (no annoying iDrive or MMI). I asked the salesman why there was no console for the second row captains chairs and curiously he said none was available. The touch controls were not buggy and lit up correctly when my hand approached. They were easy to manipulate. 

          The parking selector on the steering column doesn't belong in this upscale Caddy but the 8spd transmission does (in the Platinum) and is a welcome addition for that powerful 6.2L DI motor.  It's an excellent American power train and GM has historically made a good transmission. I have no qualms about its solid 5-link axle, as the ride gave nothing away that this isn't an IRS. 

          The lines on this SUV were equally sorted out. I just marveled at the way the tail comes together from the two prominent but subtle flanking creases along the sides. The roof cants downward toward the rear giving the truck less of a boxy look. The lights are finely crafted - the wiper and motor is cleverly hidden in the rear wind deflector - just a carefully planned undertaking that gave me the sense that Caddy took a chance with this design but persevered and they got it right.  It is so cool looking! 

          I prodded the salesman by mentioning that GM already has a 5.0L V8 diesel in house that would easily fit in this caddy and present another option for buyers wanting big torque down low and more towing capacity. He agreed they would sell every one of those trucks. 

          The new ATS coupe was nearby and again I was blown away with its attractive looks and competitive design. To me that car erases the image people have of the BMW 3 series as the leader and Caddy will garner conquest sales from BMW owners if they see this coupe. It's that good. 

          Caddy is clearly on its way and from the looks of these two vehicles, I would definitely consider either for my garage. 

      lad
      • 4 Months Ago

      I don't see anything here but bling on a Chevy.

        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 4 Months Ago
        @lad

        So, basically, you are telling us that you desperately, desperately need new glasses, amirite?

        Because clearly, this shares virtually nothing with any 'Chevy' - maybe you are just jealous that you can't even think about owning a vehicle of this class, right?



          lad
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez

          Stop with the personal attacks; this isn't high school.  Cadillac and Chevy are one in the same because they belong to GM,  It would be foolish for GM not to use what they can from the lesser marquee to save on costs.  In fact the platforms and many components are the same.  You are paying for the badge and leather.

          http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=676343  

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