You saw this coming a mile away. GM's new K2 platform, which underpins light-duty versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, will sprout a lot more trucks — heavy-duty versions of those pickups, plus their related SUVs: the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL. Eventually we'll get the big daddy of them all — the Cadillac Escalade, a favorite of Hollywood A-listers, star athletes and the run-of-the-mill rich. GM confirmed aspects of the timeline at this month's Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars, the Detroit News said on Aug. 8.
Well, now we have a timeframe. The next Cadillac Escalade will arrive for the 2015 model year, and we'll see it in less than two months. Citing a media invitation, the Detroit News reports Cadillac will unveil a new Escalade in New York City on Oct. 7. The invite called the Escalade "evolutionary" — expected, given the styling direction of its pickup siblings.
Despite the current Escalade debuting back in March 2006, sales for the SUV, including its extended-length ESV and pickup-version EXT variants, have stayed roughly flat in 2013. But Cadillac has still sold more than 12,500 Escalades through July, or nearly as many as the Infiniti QX56/QX80 and Land Rover Range Rover combined. Escalade sales are nearly triple the also-aging Lincoln Navigator, which at one point was its most direct competitor. The sales lead may eventually diminish as the Escalade EXT — along with its Chevrolet Avalanche sibling — won't likely return. Through July, the EXT still accounted for 10.6% of all Escalade sales.
Stay tuned, and we'll report more in October. In the meantime, let us know what you'd like to see in the new Escalade below.