General Motors has announced numerous enhancements to the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, including the new range-topping Platinum Collection model launchin the fourth quarter of the year.
Escalade Platinum features elegant, hand-crafted luxury additions to both the exterior and interior while the entire Escalade range gets new technical features, highlighted by the addition of 4G LTE connectivity, a new 8-speed automatic transmission and a Surround View camera system to help increase visibility.
Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac chief marketing officer:
“Since the launch just a few months ago, the next-generation Escalade has proven exceptionally desirable among luxury SUV buyers. Now, within the same year we are able to elevate the Escalade line with the Premium Collection, as well as deliver enhancements through the entire Escalade range.”
The 2015 Escalade Platinum extends and upgrades the use of premium materials within the Escalade’s cut and sewn interior. First and second row seats are wrapped in Nappa semi-aniline leather, while the dashboard, upper door panels and center console are clad in hand-stitched and hand wrapped leather. Customers can choose between two distinct interior environments, each paired with sueded microfiber headliner trim and unique exotic wood accents.
Escalade Platinum Collection is also designed to provide passengers with unsurpassed comfort and convenience. Heated and cooled 18-way power front seats are standard, andi nclude a massaging function on the driver’s eat. A pair of seven-inch LED screens, embedded in the front head rests, supplement the overhead 9-inch screen, while a cooled center console compartment can keep chilled beverages handy. Platinum models also include premium floor mats and Platinum-branded door sill plates.
Escalade Platinum models ride on 22-inch wheels and is distinguished by chrome acccents, Platinum exterior branding, and a unique grille mesh design. All Escaldae models will wear the “new, streamlined” Cadillac Crest.
In additon, all Escalade models feature a host of technology upgrades. Perofrmance is aided by the new eight-speed automatic transmission that is standard on all models, as well as a two-speed transfer case standard on four-wheel drive models. An electronic hands-free liftgate a=lready available on Escalade will also feature hands-free closing capacity.
Escalade includes OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity with a WiFI hotspot capable of connecting up to seven devices and inductive wireless device charging. Surround View, which provides a bird’s eye view of the area immediately surrounding the vehicle.
The enhancement add $1,275 to Escalade’s starting prince in the U.S., for a totall of $73,985, including destination.
The top of the range 2015 Escalade Platinum is priced from $90,270, including $995 in destination.