Massive, visually impressive and powerful: that’s how we would characterize the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, an almost legendary vehicle that has captivated the hearts of thousands. Preferred for its bold appearance and gargantuan size, the SUV has grown out of the mold of a mere vehicle, forever gaining a following that loathes the “less is more” approach. Staying true to that spirit, Cadillac has built upon a solid foundation and has elevated the car to a new level.
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade makes its presence felt primarily through its size, measuring 203 inches in length and 80 in width. A massive 116 inch wheelbase insures that every passenger in the vehicle, regardless of seating position, has enough room to splurge to the heart’s content.
Sitting underneath the massive hood, a 6.2 liter V8, capable of producing 420 horsepower and no less than 460 lb-ft of torque, is running the show. Mated to a brand new, eight speed automatic transmission with permanent four wheel drive, this takes the Escalade to new heights, as the 0 to 60 sprint is done in precisely 5.6 seconds, a more than worthy time for a three ton SUV!
The hefty front seats are cooled as well as heated, while the second row benefits from heating as well. Almost every surface in the cabin is swathed in fine, hand sewn leather, with visible stitching all around. Genuine wood veneer, alongside aluminium trim, endows the interior with an upscale experience, an indication of GM’s commitment to this iconic vehicle.
Due to it having three rows of seats, seven occupants can be seated inside, leaving sufficient room for small luggage in the boot. With the third row folded, a total of 1.460 liters of space stands at your disposal, while folding the second row gives you the impression that you have your own personal cave on wheels.
Noteworthy additions for this year’s edition include the Magnetic Ride Control dampers, which adjust automatically to the driving conditions ahead, a power folding third row of seats, a power tailgate, which opens by way of sensor, this saving you the hassle of leaving whatever you have in hand to open it.
Moreover, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is also the quietest model ever made: a combination of front acoustic glass, insulated interior surfaces and a trademark Bose noise cancelling system amount to an unrivaled ride. Tire or wind noise is nonexistent even at high speeds, giving you a piece of mind and allowing you to enjoy your time spent behind the wheel.