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All-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade makes debut in New York

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General Motors yesterday unveiled the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade in New York. Both the standard-wheelbase and long-wheelbase variants (ESV) of the fourth-generation luxury SUV will enter production next spring in Arlington, Texas, before going on sale in April.

The Escalade EXT pickup has been axed.

Cadillac Escalade 2015
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The 6.2L V8 engine under the hood of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade generates 420 horsepower – 17 more than the outgoing model – through a 6-speed automatic transmission. An 8-speed autobox is planned for the 2016 model year, and the Escalade could be a good candidate for GM's future 10-speed transmission (scheduled for 2016).

From the outside, you'll notice the massive chrome grille and four vertically stacked crystal lenses and LEDs. Lightweight aluminum hood and liftgate panels reduce overall mass (the latter includes programmable height settings).

Cadillac Escalade 2015
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Meanwhile, the spacious and more quiet interior of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade combines real wood trim with premium cut-and-sewn materials and sueded accents. The front seating area provides more than 10 centimetres of additional legroom compared to previous models, while the second- and third-row seats fold flat for greater cargo versatility. The instrument cluster features a standard, reconfigurable, high-resolution 12.3'' digital driver information display paired with Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system.

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade will also offer numerous options including a Blu-Ray DVD rear entertainment system, Front and Rear Automatic Braking, Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control, and the Safety Alert Seat which offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crash threats.

Source: General Motors

Cadillac Escalade 2015
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