GM has announced that it will reveal it's redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade K2XX to the world for the first time on October 7th in New York City. It will be the only member of GM's family of large SUVs that will not debut at the Texas State Fair.
GM is describing it's next-gen K2XX as a "bold, evolutionary statement." GM is planning to introduce 10 new or redesigned Cadillac models during the next two years, as it seeks to overhaul it's overall image and attract new customers. Along with the Escalade is the redesigned CTS. We're also anticipating Cadillac to launch a new small crossover and a large, RWD sedan.
Expected to hit dealerships in the spring, fans have been waiting for the redesign for a while. The current version of the Escalade arrived in 2007.
The new version of the Escalade will continue to be built on a body on frame platform, similar to that of the newly redesigned GM pickup trucks that arrived in June. The interior should be improved and there's a strong possibility of a flat folding third row of seating.
GM has said in the past that the Escalade will focus on power and presence, rather than fuel economy. It's been hinted that the K2XX will be powered by a choice of 5.3 and 6.3-litre V8 engines mated to an eight speed transmission.
Pricing is expected to jump. The current 2014 list price of the base model is $67,985 (U.S.) including delivery. Cadillac has been raising prices across the board as it rolls out higher end models to compete with the luxury German brands. For example the newly redesigned CTS sedan will be priced at $6,000 more than it's predecessor when it arrives this fall.
This year, 12,638 units of the Escalade were sold in the United States through July, including the extended ESV variation and the EXT pickup model. There will be no EXT version of the next generation of Escalade. Those numbers reflect a 30 percent increase over the same period last year, second only to Porsche in terms of sharpest increase. New Cadillacs launched last year, the ATS compact and the XTS large sedan are largely responsible for the brand's significant sales growth.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca