2015 Cadillac Escalade | New Car Review
* Decked out in ample amounts of leather and wood trim.
* Space is virtually limitless.
* At the end of the day, it is a Chevrolet Tahoe in a suit.
Following in the footsteps of its American cousins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the Cadillac Escalade has undergone a transformation for 2015. Featuring crisp, new surfaces, accented by dramatic LED’s, the aggressive mien of the gargantuan SUV connotes it isn’t one to be taken lightly.
No shortage of luxurious fittings, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is home to plenty of plush leather, wood veneer, and chrome surrounds around the centre console. With an abundance of space in the cabin, comfort is something that comes as standard and even more so in ESV guise. Welcoming an extended wheelbase and a body that is 508mm longer than the standard Escalade, the ESV is dimensionally more akin to a mini bus than it is to an SUV.
With safety playing a big part in the Escalade, it comes as no surprise to find that the American SUV is the only vehicle in its segment to feature a Front Seat Center-Mounted air bag. Designed to provide additional protection to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle, the Front Seat Center-Mounted airbag is just one more reason why the Escalade is an extremely capable family hauler.
What’s on offer?
The performance threshold for the all-new 2015 Escalade lineup rises with an all-new, more efficient 6.2L V8 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 624 Nm of torque – nearly a 5 percent increase in horsepower and 10 percent more torque. Fitted with an automatic load leveling feature as standard, the Escalade also ensures handling dynamics aren’t affected when carrying a full load of passengers and luggage.
The Escalade has long been a suited up version of its significantly cheaper American cousins, and that still holds true even in its fourth generation. But while it may only sport a different badge on its snout, there’s no denying that the Escalade is the best it’s ever been. Just remember, to make a style statement like the one the Escalade makes, you’ll have to be willing to shell out between AED 340,000 and AED 350,000 though…
|Specifications||2015 Cadillac Escalade|
|Engine/ Cylinders||6.2 litre V8|
|Max Power |
|420 hp @ 5,600 RPM|
|624 Nm @ 4,100 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.0 secs|
|Top speed||170 km/h|
|Price||AED 340,000 - 350,000|