Saturday, August 17, 2013
2015 Cadillac Escalade
The Cadillac division of General Motors' has announced that it will unveil its next-generation Escalade SUV in New York City on October 7, it will be going on sale in 2014 as a 2015 model. According to Auto Blog who's reporters have caught glimpses of the new Cadillac, the Escalade is anticipated to have a much more aggressive and more flashy look than that of its current model. It will have longer lines, thin headlines and an egg-crate grill, but the inside is where the real upgrades are expected to take place.
The powertrain is expected to go a little bit like this: At launch, a 6.2-liter V-8, rated at roughly 420 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque should be offered. But you can expect more powertrain options to be offered further down the road.
When it comes to the interior it looks like the new cabin is where Cadillac will set itself apart as a luxury brand. The Escalade boast a CUE infotainment system accessorized with a large touch screen and roomy interior, like always, but this time they will implicate a much needed electronically motorized 3rd row.
Not unveiling the Escalade at the Texas State Fair is the first time for a vehicle of it's kind, but GM seems confident that New York City is the place that is most appropriate for the launch when considering the Cadillac’s customary consumer base. And that clientele seems to be pretty happy with what the Cadillac has had to offer so far, demonstrated by the fact that Escalade sales are only down 5 percent this year even though consumers are aware that a new model will soon be launched.
Despite the current Escalade debuting back in March 2006, sales for the SUV, including its extended-length ESV and pickup-version EXT variants, have stayed roughly flat in 2013. But Cadillac has still sold more than 12,500 Escalades through July, or nearly as many as the Infiniti QX56/QX80 and Land Rover Range Rover combined. Escalade sales are nearly triple the also-aging Lincoln Navigator, which at one point was its most direct competitor. The sales lead may eventually diminish as the Escalade EXT and the Chevrolet Avalanche sibling won't likely return . Through July, the EXT still accounted for 10.6% of all Escalade sales.
Like Ford, now that the U.S. automaker has been able to resurrect such significant success with its fuel-efficient compact cars and full-sized pick-up turcks, GM is ready to turn its attention to its luxury brands and make sure its recent progress is sustainable across the board. The Cadillac ELR is also poised to go on sale in early 2014, and reflects the brand’s future design strategy with its sleek lines, aggressive stance, and a crisp, modern look. The ELR is also a hybrid vehicle and features a 1.4-litre engine, good for about 84 horsepower, and an electric motor that provides its 295 pound-feet of torque.