When the Cadillac Escalade debuted, nearly 15 years ago, it was the product of a very different point in history. The sport-utility vehicle craze was just getting underway. General Motors comprised more brands than one count readily count or identify. And gas was cheap. Really cheap.
Fast forward three generations, during which the Escalade gained as much popularity among McMansion families as it did with celebrities, and the vehicle that began life as a rebadged GMC Yukon Denali has come to symbolize the brand's overall identity. The Escalade brand took on different shapes (remember the Escalade EXT?) and was quickly recognized as a contender against serious SUVs.
With a new generation of full-size SUVs just unveiled several weeks ago, we eagerly anticipated the introduction of the next evolution of the Escalade.
Autobytel was on hand last night at the debut of the '15 Escalade (and long-wheelbase Escalade ESV) in New York City for a closer look at Cadillac's new behemoth of a flagship SUV lineup.