At a time when premium crossovers and SUVs from the likes of Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are all racking up impressive sales results, Cadillac has now introduced its own unique contender for the segment: the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Built from the same basic underpinnings that lay beneath the skin of GM's next-gen full-size trucks, the new Escalade will continue to offer the capabilities of a body-on-frame sport-utility vehicle, but also features amenities like a CUE connectivity/media system, Magnetic Ride Control, hands-free programmable rear liftgate, Blu-Ray/DVD rear-seat entertainment system, cut-and-sewn interior upholstery, and plenty of advanced driver-safety measures.
And there's no need to worry that the 2015 Cadillac Escalade will be any less imposing than its forebears. It's been up-sized in nearly all dimensions save height, and wears a chiselled new exterior with the kind of advanced front lighting one expects from a brand that wants to be a premium pace-setter for the rest of the industry. Now, it must be said that the new 2015 Cadillac Escalade has put on some weight, however. Even with an aluminum hood and liftgate panels, the lightest 2015 Escalade is listed at 5,603 lbs.—an increase of 76 lbs. over the 2014 model year—and the extended-length all-wheel-drive 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV has broken the three-ton mark, with a curb weight of 6,086 lbs. (FYI: The open-bed Cadillac Escalade EXT has been discontinued.)
On the other hand, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade also is projected to be more fuel-efficient for the new model year anyway, and that's even with a bigger, more powerful engine. But while a few less pounds would have been nice, Bob Ferguson, senior vice president of "Global Cadillac," notes that: “Cadillac’s growth provides the ideal stage for the all-new Escalade to take a major leap forward. The 2015 Escalade is completely new and elevated in design and technology, inside and out. The clear objective is to once again assume the leadership position among luxury SUVs.”