[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s easy to see why US News ranked the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade as the best of the Luxury Large SUVs.
The Escalade is not only elegant and made with top-quality
materials, the V-8 engine allows for a responsive, quiet ride. As usual, you can rely on Cadillac for putting the best into their vehicles. The 2015 Escalade comes with all the bells and whistles you could ask for — forward collision alert, blind spot warning, a 16-speaker Bose sound system and a power sunroof, just to name a few features.
The fourth-generation Escalade has an entirely new exterior design yet is instantly recognizable. Inside, cut-andsewn materials and wood trim, chosen for elegance and authenticity, combine with the latest technologies to convey an exceptional level of luxury.
The product line includes the standard Escalade and the extended-length ESV edition, which offers a 14-inch-longer wheelbase and 20 inches more in overall length, maximizing space for third-row passengers and nearly double the cargo space behind the third-row seat. Luxury and Premium collections are available in addition to the base models, offering higher levels of content and technology. And all models are offered with 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, as well as a new 6.2-kiter V-8 engine that is more powerful and more efficient than previous models. It’s powerful enough to clock 0- 60 mph in less than six seconds.
The new 6.2-liter engine also delivers an EPA-estimated 21 mpg on the highway (Escalade 2WD/4WD and Escalade ESV 2WD). That’s about 17 percent greater efficiency on the highway than previous models.
Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control fast reacting suspension system is standard, delivering precisely controlled driving performance. And, the Escalade is an SUV with the capabilities of a full-size truck with a trailering rating of 8,300 pounds on the standard model and an 8,100-pound rating on Escalade ESV.
Escalade’s new design provides a signature look of quality, elegance and capability. Dynamic front styling cues are enhanced by a highly detailed Galvano chrome grille that has a unique, almost brushed appearance. It is accented by full light-emitting diode – LED – lighting in the front and rear that creates unique, razor-like vertical light signatures. LEDs provide even, steady and very bright illumination, while delivering longer life and using significantly less energy than conventional lighting.
New inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly improving the quiet of the interior and contributing to improved aerodynamics and less drag for greater efficiency. Lightweight aluminum hood and aluminum liftgate panels also enhance efficiency through reduced overall mass.
The starting MSRP for the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is $72,970.
[author image=”http://www.communitynewspapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Grant-Miller-4-C.jpg” ]Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.[/author]