When the stylists put pen to paper for the redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade, subtlety didn't have to be this gargantuan SUV's strong suit. And yet here we are with the latest version of Cadillac's super-hauler sporting some of the most intricate detailing and restrained sheet metal ever to have graced its plus-sized proportions.
That's not to say that the Cadillac Escalade has lost any of the attitude that was such a big part of past models - far from it. The new Escalade packs the same level of presence that makes it impossible to ignore, even when parked, and it sits on a traditional full-frame chassis that gives it stupendous capability when it comes to towing and hauling. Under a microscope, however, the Escalade reveals lessons learned from a hard apprenticeship at the hands of competitors like the Land Rover Range Rover and the Audi Q7, and it's under this tutelage that Cadillac has taken significant steps towards refining its flagship SUV.