By Aaron Bragman on August 12, 2014
Just a few months after Cadillac introduced the redesigned 2015 Escalade, the automaker has announced upgrades to the line of luxury SUVs and the arrival of a new range-topping model.
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All Escalades will get a new eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the six-speed automatic that the SUV had at launch, as well as 4G LTE wireless connectivity for (theoretically) super-fast onboard data service for personal electronic devices. A hands-free closing liftgate feature joins the already present hands-free opening feature, and a new Surround View camera system for the display screen allows a 360-degree view of the Escalade's surroundings.
The company also has added a new Platinum Collection model slotting in above the Premium trim model. The Platinum adds Nappa semi-aniline leather seats in the first and second rows, with hand-wrapped, hand-stitched leather on the dashboard, upper door panels and center console. Two interior color schemes are offered, each with a faux-suede headliner and wood trim. Heated and cooled power front seats are standard, with the driver's seat also featuring a massage function. Two 7-inch LCDs are embedded in the front-row head restraints in addition to the 9-inch overhead screen, and a cooled center console bin will let you have a cold soda on the go. Outside, a unique mesh grille with the new wreathless Cadillac logo is featured, along with standard 22-inch wheels.
The upgrades to the standard Escalade will bump its price by $1,275, bringing the new standard base price to $73,965 including destination charge. The new Platinum model will start at $90,270, and will be available in Cadillac dealerships before the end of the year.
Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman grew up in the Detroit area, comes from an automotive family and is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Email Aaron