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Cadillac Announces 'Platinum' Escalade and 8-speed

  • By Josh Merva

    Managing Editor, GM-Trucks.com



    Last week Cadillac announced new features on the Escalade as well as a Escalade Platinum.

New features benefiting all Escalades include:

  • New 8-speed automatic transmission
  • increased visibility with 'Surround View' camera system
  • two-speed transfer case on 4WD drive models
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • WiFi hotspot for up to seven devices
  • inductive wireless device charging
  • hands-free liftgate now has hands-free closing capability


These additional features add $1,275 to Escalade’s starting price, bringing the total to $73,965.


Escalade 'Platinum' features and highlights:

  • Exclusive Nappa semi-aniline leather interior and sueded microfiber headliner.
  • Heated and cooled 18-way power front seats
  • Messaging driver’s seat
  • A pair of seven-inch LCD screens in headrests.
  • Cooled center console compartment for cold drinks
  • 22-inch wheels
  • Chrome accents, Platinum exterior badging, and a unique grille mesh design.


The 2015 Escalade Platinum is starts at $90,270 and will be available starting around October this year.



Official Press Release:


DETROIT – Cadillac today announced numerous enhancements to the just-launched 2015 Escalade, including the new range-topping Platinum Collection model launching in the fourth quarter this year.

Escalade Platinum features elegant, hand-crafted luxury additions to both the exterior and interior while the entire Escalade range gets new technical features, highlighted by the addition of 4G LTE connectivity, a new 8-speed automatic transmission and a Surround View camera system to help increase visibility.

“Since the launch just a few months ago, the next-generation Escalade has proved exceptionally desirable among luxury SUV buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Cadillac. “Now, within the same year we are able to elevate the Escalade line with the Platinum Collection, as well as deliver enhancements through the entire Escalade range.”

The 2015 Escalade Platinum extends and upgrades the use of premium materials within the Escalade’s cut and sewn interior. First- and second-row seats are wrapped in Nappa semi-aniline leather, while the dashboard, upper door panels and center console are clad in hand-stitched and hand-wrapped leather. Customers can choose between two distinct interior environments, each paired with sueded microfiber headliner trim and unique exotic wood accents.


Escalade Platinum Collection is also designed to provide passengers with unsurpassed comfort and convenience. Heated and cooled 18-way power front seats are standard, and include a massaging function on the driver’s seat. A pair of seven-inch LCD screens, embedded in the front head rests, supplement the overhead 9-inch screen, while a cooled center console compartment can keep chilled beverages handy. Platinum models also include premium floor mats and Platinum-branded door sill plates.


Escalade Platinum models ride on 22-inch wheels and the model is distinguished by chrome accents, Platinum exterior badging, and a unique grille mesh design. All Escalade models wear the new, streamlined Cadillac Crest.

In addition, all Escalade models – from the standard Collection through to the Platinum – feature a host of technology upgrades. Vehicle performance is aided by the new eight-speed automatic transmission that is standard on all models, as well as a two-speed transfer case standard on four-wheel drive models. An electronic hands-free liftgate already standard on Escalade will also feature hands-free closing capability.

Like the new ATS sport sedan, Escalade includes OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity with a WiFi hotspot capable of connecting up to seven devices and inductive wireless device charging. Surround View, which provides a bird’s eye view of the area immediately surrounding the vehicle.

The enhancements add just $1275 to Escalade’s starting price in the U.S., for a total of $73,965, including destination.

The top-of-the-range 2015 Escalade Platinum is priced from $90,270, including $995 in destination.

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Have you guys seen one of these in person? That front grill is so huge it makes the one on my Denali look like it came off a Civic! Talk about bling this thing is crazy.

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