The Cadillac Escalade may have lost its pop-culture credibility in recent years, but it’s still a popular SUV by all accounts. The launch of the all-new 2015 model continues a proud tradition for the American automaker. But Cadillac still didn’t take long to offer numerous enhancements to the just-launched Escalade when it announced the launch of the range-topping Escalade Platinum Collection.
As you can expect, the Platinum Collection has a lot of shiny, new hand-crafted luxury additions to both the exterior and interior of this hulking luxury SUV, providing new incentives for buyers to toss moolah in Cadillac’s direction. That’s what customers are expected to receive with the new Escalade Platinum Edition and yet, it’s not the only change Cadillac has given to the new Escalade.
Equally important updates come in the form of new tech features for the entire Escalade range, beginning with the base model all the way to the Platinum Collection. A new eight-speed automatic transmission is now standard on all models, replacing the six-speed automatic version that came with the first wave of 2015 Escalade models. The new batch of luxury SUVs will also receive 4G LTE connectivity with a WiFi hotspot courtesy of OnStar, as well as the Surround View technology that provides a bird’s-eye view of the immediate vicinity surrounding the Escalade.
It’s a little surprising that Cadillac already has updates for the Escalade so soon after the new model was launched. It’s unlikely we’ll see the Escalade receive the same pop culture treatment it once did, but for what it’s worth, this luxury SUV will continue to have a place in the market now and in the future.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Cadillac Platinum Collection.
The new LED lighting in the front and rear of the SUV are unquestioned highlights of the new-look Escalade.
Its arrival in the market also continued a new styling era for Cadillac and the Escalade was the recipient of some strikingly new exterior details. The new LED lighting in the front and rear are unquestioned highlights of the new-look Escalade, but we already saw that when Caddy launched the model.
The Escalade Platinum Collection is different because it comes with a handful of updated design elements, beginning with its unique grille design and the increased amount of chrome accents.
It also has a new set of 22-inch wheels to call its own. Likewise, the new streamlined Cadillac Crest makes its debut on the Escalade and the "Platinum" exterior badging is a pretty good indicator that these models received more tender love and care than the first batch of 2015 Escalade models.
The use of Nappa semi-aniline leather on the front- and second-row seats a key part of making the model feel much more upscale.
The exterior may not be dramatically different from the first batch of Escalade models; in fact, other than the new mesh grille on the outside, all the Platinum Collection’s additions take a very keen eye to spot. The interior, on the other hand, is a different story. The upgrades are pretty remarkable for a model that’s been on the market for such a short period of time.
The use of Nappa semi-aniline leather on the front- and second-row seats a key part of making the model feel much more upscale. The same can be said for the hand-stitched and hand-wrapped leather on the dash, center console, and upper door panels. Customers can even choose between two interior environments, each coming with exotic wood accents and a sueded microfiber headliner trim.
The Platinum Collection also features heated and cooled, 18-way power front seats. Shoot, there’s even a massage function on the driver’s seat.
Folks in the back also get some special treatment, as the Platinum Collection includes a pair of seven-inch LCD screens embedded in the rear head rests. In a strange twist, these screens actually complement an existing nine-inch, overhead screen.
Finally, a cooled center console compartment is a standard feature in the 2015 Escalade Platinum.
These are all big-boy improvements that I honestly didn’t expect to happen this soon in the life of the new Escalade. But if it means driving more interest in the Escalade, then more power to Cadillac for thinking ahead of its own curve.
The Cadillac Escalade Platinum Collection will continue to feature a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. Fortunately, Cadillac has mated that engine to a new, eight-speed automatic transmission, which should make for a more balanced drive across the added gears.
Its 0 to 60 mph sprint time is expected to stay at somewhere around the high-six-second mark, while top speed will also stay at about 130 mph.
|Engine||6.2-liter EcoTec3 16-valve V-8 With DI, OHV And VVT|
|0-60 mph (Seconds)||6.8, est|
|Top Speed (MPH)||130, est|
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum will carry a price tag of $90,270, including $995 in destination charges. That’s almost $10,000 more expensive than the previous range-topping price tag of $81,190.
Meanwhile, the added enhancements on the entire range of Escalade models only tacks on an extra $1,275 into the equation for a new base price of $73,965, including destination.
Remember when the 2014 Yukon Denali XL was being ridiculed for looking cartoonish? Well, GMC responded to those taunts by revamping the look of the Yukon Denali XL to make it more appropriate for the times.
The new GMC full-size SUV is also well-equipped with plenty of new tech features that would’ve given it an edge over its cousin, the Escalade, had Caddy kept the new Platinum Collection trim in its holster.
The base price of the Denali only hits at around $57,000 but with the XL trim, that price goes up into the neighborhood of the Escalade.
Gallery GMC Yukon Denali
People might wonder why Cadillac seemed to rush an update on the Escalade so soon after the new-generation model was unveiled. I personally like the way Caddy kept working on the Escalade to make it better than we expected it to be after such a short time.I’m still not overly excited about paying that much for an Escalade, but for those who have no problems spending that kind of money, the Escalade Platinum Collection will serve these fine folks well. At the very least, they stand to get free back massages. That counts for something, right?
- Massage, anyone?
- Fresh new look is long overdue
- Much better interior space and functionality
- Some folks might get turned off by the price
- Plenty of other options out there
Cadillac today announced numerous enhancements to the just-launched 2015 Escalade, including the new range-topping Platinum Collection model launching in the fourth quarter this 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.
“Since the launch just a few months ago, the next-generation Escalade has proved exceptionally desirable among luxury SUV buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Cadillac. “Now, within the same year we are able to elevate the Escalade line with the Platinum 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, and include a massaging function on the driver’s seat. A pair of seven-inch LCD 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 the model is distinguished by chrome accents, Platinum exterior badging, and a unique grille mesh design. All Escalade models wear the new, streamlined Cadillac Crest.
In addition, all Escalade models – from the standard Collection through to the Platinum – feature a host of technology upgrades. Vehicle performance 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 already standard on Escalade will also feature hands-free closing capability.
Like the new ATS sport sedan, 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 enhancements add just $1275 to Escalade’s starting price in the U.S., for a total of $73,965, including destination.
The top-of-the-range 2015 Escalade Platinum is priced from $90,270, including $995 in destination.