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 |  Oct 07 2013, 7:30 PM

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Meet the newest face of Cadillac’s flagship luxury SUV: the 2015 Escalade, which was just revealed in New York City.

Starting in the spring of 2014 when Caddy dealers begin to take delivery, the Escalade will enter its fourth generation. As you can already see, part of the latest transformation includes a series of stylistic updates that put the truck more in line with other products from GM’s luxury brand. Large LED pillars on the front, a new grille and gargantuan light bars on the back all set the brand’s latest apart from the outgoing model. It also loses the bumper-integrated exhaust ports and, of course, carries the same body characteristics as General Motors other body-on-frame SUVs.

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That includes a spoiler with an integrated wiper blade, inlaid doors for improved aerodynamics and an aluminum hood and liftgate panel and more. Of course, 20-inch wheels are included in the standard equipment list and 22′s are available.

Then there’s the new 6.2-liter V8 also found in GMC’s Yukon Denali among other high-end General Motors products that recently debuted. With it, the engine brings 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. There’s still a six-speed automatic transmission directing power to either the rear wheels or all four. Cadillac has yet to divulge fuel economy ratings, but you can expect the mild weight saving measures and more sophisticated powertrain to offer considerable fuel economy gains.

Important as those changes might be, the company emphasized one aspect of its new luxury land monster over all others during the New York City debut: Its cabin. If the Escalade is going to sell, it needs to outdo its Yukon Denali cousin by a respectable margin and that comes down to style and material quality. It’s a tough task considering how much nicer the new Denali-trimmed trucks and SUVs are.

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But Cadillac more than met the challenge. Starting with a center stack familiar to current products, the new Escalade finally escapes its previous GM parts bin doldrums. Rather that looking like a repurposed version of much less expensive GM SUVs, the new Escalade feels as it should; like a hulking Cadillac. Seats look more sculpted and generous wood inserts leave the cabin with a rich feeling.

Like the rest of GM’s new SUVs, there’s more leg and head room. The front seats get about an extra four inches for your largest appendages and another 1.5 inches of skull space. The second and third rows fold flat and this Caddy has a hands-free power liftgate with adjustable height settings.

Safety systems include automatic front and read braking at low speeds, a front-center airbag and an available “driver awareness” package. Checking that box adds a forward collision alert system, lane departure warnings and directionally-specific vibrations in the seat to warn of possible collisions. Adaptive cruise control is also available along with blind spot monitoring.

Escalade sales will only include the standard wheelbase and “ESV” extended wheelbase models and pricing has yet to be announced.

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  • Alfie

    Looks stunning!

  • Robby G

    Looks like Cadillac did a great job. Just one problem… no one cares about luxury SUVs any more.

  • Richard Joash Tan

    “Just one problem… no one cares about luxury SUVs any more.”

    and nobody care about your idiocies and your bullshit comment anymore, you BULLSHIT!

  • b_boy_ballin232

    These are some of the ugliest tail lights I’ve ever seen. And for 22s those rims look pretty damn tiny… Time for twenty-fo’s, Cadillac! ;)

  • Paul

    LOL. This slab of tasteless chrome with scaffolding poles for a grill has ‘inlaid doors for improved aerodynamics’.
    Cos that will make a lot of difference with a 6.2 liter gas guzzler hauling this small moon around. The ‘improved efficiency’ will probably give it 12-14mpg! How they aren’t bankrupt yet is a mystery. Give it time though, if this is how the US is going to compete with the best in the world.

  • yul

    Not bad for Cadillac, in the big picture. It will certainly appeal, to the same customers who purchased the old model.

  • Sheth Jones

    The current escalade interior is totally different from Yukon/Tahoe. No parts bin raiding took place with the current interior. Anyone suggesting otherwise must not have actually looked inside any of these trucks.

  • Sheth Jones

    All of these large lux V8 SUVs get similar mileage. Saying that anything that gets less than hybrid level MPGs is a poorly engineered vehicle would mean that semis or coach buses are crappy because they cant crack 15mpg. This vehicle isn’t about fuel economy.

  • Sheth Jones

    did Land Rover and Mercedes and Porsche get that memo? How about Infiniti?

  • Paul

    Hi Seth. I don’t think you need to go hybrid to beat 12-14 mpg. This is a new car and it has 1970′s levels of fuel economy. I grant you that’s not the priority here, but this level of inefficiency and waste, by any global comparison, is bottom of the pile. For example, Jaguar are producing super charged diesel sedan’s now that can hit 60 in 5.9 seconds and nearly 50 miles on a gallon!

  • Sheth Jones

    The escalade is a 3 ton vehicle with 420hp. It’s not a
    “car” and there aren’t any cars with this size, power and weight that are getting 25mpg. In addition, this is a low volume vehicle in comparison to efficient compact and midsize sedans on the market. Its overall impact on fuel consumption in this country (or any) is negligible. Which Jaguar sedan on sale today gets 50mpg? I’ve not read about that one.