Just like the new Cadillac CTS sedan, the redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade will jump up in price compared with its predecessor. Cadillac’s new luxury SUV starts at $72,690 with destination for 2015, up $3725 from last year’s model, and will go on sale in early spring 2014.
This fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade is still based on GM’s full-size truck platform that it shares with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. For 2015, the Escalade has more dramatic styling with bejeweled LED headlights and new, full-length LED taillights. Part of the reason for the price increase is likely the more luxurious interior trimmings, which Cadillac says are handcrafted with higher-quality wood and leather than before.
In the luxury full-size SUV market, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade fits in the middle of the surprisingly wide price range, which includes SUVs like the $63,545 Infiniti QX80, the $63,925 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, along with higher-priced models like the $83,540 Lexus LX570 and the $84,195 Land Rover Range Rover. Although we don’t have pricing for any model but the base Escalade, we can imagine that upper trim levels along with the extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV will reach up and beyond the $100,000 mark.
All 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUVs will be powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine, which is more powerful than the old Escalade's, mates with a six-speed automatic and is available with either rear- or four-wheel-drive. Standard equipment for 2015 includes Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, heated and cooled front seats, 20-inch wheels, and magnetic ride control. Cadillac will also offer option packages like a Driver Assist Package with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and front and rear automatic braking. Cadillac’s vibrating seat that pairs with forward collision alert and cross-traffic alert will also be available, as will a rear entertainment system and a special theft-deterrent package to combat the Escalade’s place as one of the most-stolen vehicles in the U.S.
Stay tuned for more detailed pricing information about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade as we get closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.