Cadillac Upgrades 2015 Escalade, Adds Platinum Edition

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.

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