2015 Cadillac Escalade
In terms of the exterior design, the next Escalade will continue to have a boxy look. It is dominated by the bold signature Cadillac grille flanked by vertical headlights that sit slightly recessed against a character line that boldly starts from the bottom intake, across the headlight/fender and all the way back to the rear. Aligned parallel with the other side body creases, this aesthetic is much classier, cleaner and refined. The main headlamp fixtures looks a lot the units used on the ELR, tail lights that “run from the roof down, being thinnest closest to the roof” are similar to the CTS wagon, rear wheels have a wider stance than the front ones, and rear windows are slightly shorter then those on the current Escalade.
Also lending itself to a simpler view is the all-new glasshouse; the A-pillars are still of similar form to the Silverado/Sierra, but beyond that the stampings are different. The C-Pillar in particular now appears blacked out with the Cadillac emblem positioned near its base. Also new is the chrome framing on the upper part of the doorframes. Elsewhere, the mirror-like coatings can be found in the lower intake gills, side steps and trunk plaque.
As for the interior, the new Escalade will get power fold flat seats for the third row as standard, but most importantly, it will be significantly more luxurious with much higher quality materials. “The interior design is real everything. Real wood, metal, leather,” our source told us.
Of course, GM isn’t looking to abandon core customers that helped make Escalade one of the industry’s most recognizable nameplates. To that end, Reuss told that “there will continue to be a place and trim” for the model’s traditional customers who were drawn to the current Escalade’s splashier style.