The Cadillac Escalade is a large luxury SUV that has seen on and off production since its release in 1999. The SUV has been both loved and hated for the same reasons, creating a variety of opinions. Some may say the SUV is unnecessarily big, and with the combined large engine its fuel economy is too poor. The interior has been likened to a lower end American SUV, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe or the GMC Yukon, and the exterior has remained nearly the same for years.
However, the up and coming Escalade isn’t like any we’ve seen in the last 15 years. It seems as though Cadillac has gathered nearly every complaint and addressed each issue. The result is an SUV that will have the Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz GL450 running back to the chalkboards. The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is proof of hard work, and proof that American automobile production can return with a vengeance to be the best on the market once again.
Cadillac has taken a redesigned version of last years engine, similar to that of the LT1, and given it subtle improvements to create more power with more efficiency. Coupled with a redesigned chassis, the 6.2-Liter V8 produces 420 hp with 460 ft-lbs of torque. The new engine also boasts new technological features, such as Active Fuel Management, an advance combustion system and continuously variable valve timing systems.
The new combustion system contributes greatly to the specification improvements with new firing patterns and a higher compression ratio. The engine’s power is directed from the crank to the same 6-speed Hydra-Matic 6L80 automatic transmission as last year, only now they’ve intensified the reaction from its TapShift control.
The SUV’s chassis has a more sophisticated redesign and is equipped with an improved suspension system. A 75 percent high-strength steel boxed frame sits upon this new technology with shear-style body mounts; all of this means an incredibly smooth ride and lowered vibrations for everyone inside.
Cadillac’s famous magnetic ride control has been improved and supplied. The technology is a real-time damping system that reads the roads every millisecond to control body motion. The technology is derived from replacing the mechanical valve shocks with shocks that are electronically controlled by magneto-rheological fluid consisting of minute iron particles. The American company has pioneered this patented design, and other high performance companies, such as Ferrari, have borrowed it to assist in developing their own suspension systems.
Newly Crafted Exterior
Finally, Cadillac has truly changed and improved the exterior of the Escalade. They began with minor details like full LED lighting all around to enhance its appearance, night or day, even on the door handles. The headlamps now feature Total Internal Reflection, which consists of four crystal lenses stacked vertically for the high beams. Five crystal lenses create a particular lighting pattern for the low beams. For an added touch, the headlamps are branded with the Cadillac emblem, and the bezel on the grill is illuminated at night.
The body panels are now closer together, meaning fewer gaps, increased aerodynamics and decreased noise. To improve this further, all crevices have been triple sealed, further reducing and vibrations inside the car.
The roof originating doors of past models have been replaced by inlaid doors to also improve these comfort-enhancing features. Using aluminum for the hood and liftgate assisted in decreased weight, further increasing fuel efficiency.
With the newly developed interior, luxury seamlessly meets innovative technology. The leather is stitched and treated to match the quality of the walls and dash, which were trimmed with real wood.
Controls are brought closer together for a tighter, easier-to-manage feel. And seats have been improved with heated and cooled settings which come standard in the front and second row. To enhance comfort for the second row, Cadillac has given the seats the ability to recline, even with the bench option.
Technology has been improved to eliminate any doubt of whether the luxury SUV is a new generation vehicle. The Escalade comes standard with Cadillac’s CUE technology and infotainment system. This includes an 8-inch center console screen that is not only a touch screen, but also recognizes your hand gestures. CUE takes advantage of proximity sensors to activate common applications and controls before your hand even reaches the screen.
The instrument cluster is equipped with a high-resolution, 12.3-inch, digital screen that displays both driving and infotainment information. A “head-up” display is shown on the windshield in full color and shows the driver navigation systems, audio and Bluetooth device settings, and can be controlled from the steering wheel.
Safety and Security
The new Cadillac Escalade is safer than ever. As if driving a luxury tank wasn’t safe enough, they’ve improved safety for others on the road as well. Front and rear automatic braking sensors are standard, as well as a collision preparation system that tightens your seat belt and prepares the brakes when the vehicle senses a possible collision. Also standard is a new center air bag between the driver and passenger to reduce whiplash in the event of the vehicle being struck from the side.
For added protection, the driver can purchase the all new Driver Awareness Package with their Escalade. This package includes Cadillac’s patented Safety Alert System, as well as the Lane Departure System and Forward Collision Alert. The package also provides many other alert systems that simply must be experienced. The sensitivity and exactness of the sensors when correcting and warning drivers is almost otherworldly.
The security of the Escalade has also been improved with a more advanced alarm system. The system includes sensors which detect window breakage, intrusion and inclination. The result not only drastically reduces the chance of a theft going undetected, but stops the intruder by shutting down systems to keep the car from leaving. If that doesn’t stop thieves, OnStar Stolen Vehicle Assistance will be there to track them down.
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The Escalade has been a continuous favorite since its release, offering more than enough seating and space for every passenger. The seats have been renowned for their great comfort, and the exterior boasts a design that bellows out quality. The bold power combined with high-end luxury displays the character of the driver, showing they don’t just need space inside, but strength outside.
The vehicle offers the driver not only comfort and room for friends and family but also the ability to tow their boat or other “toys.” With the redesign of the vehicle and enhanced nature of the SUV, lucky buyers will be sure to have an upper hand on the competition with some of America’s greatest innovations.
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