The 2015 Cadillac Escalade gains eight-speed auto and Platinum range-topper

Cadillac revealed some mid-year updates for the 2015 Escalade gets a variety of mid-year model updates, even though the completely new fourth-generation model was revealed not too long ago.

The biggest bit of news is that the 2015 Cadillac Escalade gains both an eight-speed automatic across the line, while an ultra-luxurious Platinum Collection model fully loaded with options was added to the range.

The eight-speed automatic replaces the old six-speed unit in the first production models of 2015 Escalades. Other standard options were added to the list for all Escalades such as a standard Surround View camera system, 4G LTE connectivity, a hands-free power liftgate, and more.

The top-spec Platinum trim gets lots of Platinum badges, as expected, in the event you forgot what you just recently purchased, 22-inch wheels, enough chrome trim to put a 50s Eldorado to shame, and Cadillac’s redesigned wreathless logo. The interior receives Nappa leather in either beige or gray while the steering wheel and dash get hand-stitched with the same material. If that’s not enough, the driver’s seat gets a massaging function with 18-way adjustments for one’s liking. Rear passengers get seven-inch LCD screens in the headrests and a nine-inch screen in the center.

The base Escalade now starts at $73,965, $1,275 more than the current model while the top-spec Platinum starts at $90,270.

Check out the press release below.

New Platinum Collection, Added Features Elevate Escalade Craftsmanship and Technology

Entire SUV line gets 8-Speed transmission, Surround View camera and 4G LTE connectivity

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.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at Cadillac’s media website with information, images and video can be found at


Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

admin has 4428 posts and counting.See all posts by admin