Our spy photographer managed to catch all three versions of General Motors' large SUVs out testing together. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade SUVs seen here appear to be complete vehicles with production-ready bodywork.
GM announced in February 2012 that a stamping plant in Arlington, Texas, would work in tandem with an assembly plant there to build the next generation large SUVs. Our source says that the Chevrolet and GMC models start production January 2014, while the Cadillac will enter production in April.
The SUVs share their platform with the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. Powertrain options at launch will include a 4.3-liter V-6, a 5.3-liter V-8, and a 6.2-liter V-8. Later on, a twin-turbo V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmissions will join the options lists.
Reports suggest the 2015 Cadillac Escalade will be introduced this fall, possibly at the Los Angeles auto show in November. Cadillac wants to put some distance between the Escalade and its platform-mates, so expect the new luxury SUV to offer an even more cosseting interior, better amenities, and a larger styling departure from the Tahoe/Suburban and Yukon.
Heavy camouflage makes it difficult to tell these models apart, but the 2015 Cadillac Escalade easily stands out. It is seen here with vertical LED running lights both in the lower front fascia and in the headlight assemblies, large bright-chrome wheels, and an exposed "waterfall" mesh grille. The GMC Yukon testers appear to have LEDs in the headlights only, and a mesh two-bar grille rather than the Chevrolets' single-bar grille. As noted previously, all of the 2015 GM large SUVs continue with fairly traditional, blocky styling. Both standard- and long-wheelbase models (called Suburban, Yukon XL, Escalade ESV) will be offered.