Cadillac’s full-sized Escalade prototypes are about to touch the production floor. GM’s N North America President revealed that the next Escalade’s cabin would have better interior than the current one. The Escalade is Cadillac’s de facto halo vehicle, rated as the highest priced car of its siblings and gained highest public awareness. Escalade is one of the highest profitable models, delivering more than just reputation. Even with little advertising cost, the Escalade sells very well than any other models. The Escalade has its lineup as regular truck, longer ESV and pickup has grossed more than $1 billion so far this year.
Platform: With the introduction of a Lambda-based Cadillac crossover—meaning it will be related to the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia—it’s possible that the Escalade will be offered only with the longer body from the Suburban and Yukon XL. Oh, and the extra-ridiculous EXT is dead.
GM will be adopting K2 platform nomenclature; previously it was GMT-something hundred. With this K2 platform, the Escalade will join GMC’s next Sierra and Yukon, as well as the new Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, and Suburban on this architecture. Though it doesn’t offer much weight savings, it will offer more space and flexibility inside the Escalade. As it is a titanic luxury truck the features would have more significance than fuel economy.
Power train: Direct injection and higher compression ratio are the two advantages of next generation version of GM’s small-block V-8 than the current engine. Though there is a bit shrinking in displacement but it is still a honking, burbling V-8. Another one which adds to the feature list is Cylinder deactivation. It is possible to replace an eight-speed automatic with a six-speed automatic.
Rivals: Audi Q7, Infiniti QX56, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX570, Mercedes-Benz GL-class.
The estimated Arrival and Price are in the year 2013 as a 2014 model and at a price of $64,165 starting point.
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