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Cadillac Escalade gets complete redesign for 2015

Cadillac Escalade, the company's flagship SUV, is aiming for world-class marks, Ireson writes. While production of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade doesn't begin until next spring, the Escalade's details portend a smart – if not revolutionary – advance on its third-generation model.

By Nelson IresonGuest blogger / October 8, 2013

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is shown in a publicity photo. The Cadillac Escalade gets a complete redesign for the 2015 model year, Ireson writes, bringing a more powerful and efficient new V-8 engine, a completely revamped exterior, and a more luxurious, spacious interior.

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Already one of the top choices for luxury SUV buyers who actually use their vehicle for serious work (or serious play), the Cadillac Escalade gets a complete redesign for the 2015 model year, bringing a more powerful and efficient new V-8 engine, a completely revamped exterior, and a more luxurious, spacious interior.

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Now entering its fourth generation, the Escalade is Cadillac's flagship SUV, and it's clearly aiming to put the rest of the large luxury SUV world on notice: as with its sedans, Cadillac is gunning for world-class marks.

While production of the new Escalade doesn't begin until next spring, at GM's Arlington, Texas factory, the Escalade's details portend a smart--if not revolutionary--advance on its third-generation model. Both standard and ESV long-wheelbase (14-inches extra wheelbase, 20 inches longer overall) models will be offered; no EXT model with the short pickup-like bed is planned. Rear-wheel drive is once again standard, with all-wheel drive available.

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The heart of the new 2015 Escalade is the 6.2-liter V-8 engine shared with the new Chevy Silverado High Country and GMC Sierra Denali, rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Those figures represent a 5 percent rise in horsepower and a 10 percent rise in torque from the previous model. The grille hosts active shutters to reduce drag when less airflow is needed, just as in many other current GM vehicles. Direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing further help enhance gas mileage, though Cadillac hasn't yet revealed estimated EPA figures for the Escalade. 

Cadillac says the new Escalade will be capable of towing up to 8,200 pounds when properly configured, thanks to a fully-boxed frame made of 75-percent high-strength steel. A Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.

Underneath the Escalade's flashy new skin sits a coil-over-shock front suspension and five-link/coil-spring rear suspension. Greater rear track width helps with stability, while 20-inch wheels (standard) and available 22-inch wheels help give the Escalade its trademark stance. A new variable-assist electric power steering system makes handling the big SUV a breeze, while also helping boost overall gas mileage.

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