Nobody has ever said that the Cadillac Escalade wasn't fancy enough, but that hasn't stopped GM from announcing a new Platinum edition of the luxury SUV. If the Escalade is said to be wearing a suit, then the Platinum edition is like wearing a tailor-made tuxedo with tails and shiny shoes.
Coming late this year, the Cadillac Escalade Platinum edition will sit at the top of the trim line range. According to GM's press release, it will receive "elegant, hand-crafted luxury additions to both the exterior and interior while the entire Escalade range gets new technical features."
Inside, seats will be wrapped in Nappa semi-aniline leather, and hand stitched & hand wrapped leather will cover upper door panels, the dashboard and the centre console. There is also sueded microfibre headliner trim, exotic wood accenting, and buyers can choose from two different interior themes.
Those fancy front seats come with both heating and cooling, and they can be positioned in eighteen different directions. Taking things even higher, the driver's seat comes with a massage system. To entertain passengers, there is a 9-inch overhead screen, as well as 7-inch LCD screens built into the back of the front headrests. A cooled centre console compartment will keep drinks and snacks cooled.
The Platinum version is distinguished by chrome accents, special exterior badging and a unique grille design, all riding atop of 22-inch wheels. The new Escalade badge is streamlined, dropping the laurels for a single Cadillac crest shield design.
It's not all aesthetics and gadgets. The most obvious of those technical features is a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot but it's also getting a new eight-speed transmission, and a new camera system.
Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac’s chief marketing officer had this to say: "Since the launch just a few months ago, the next-generation Escalade has proved exceptionally desirable among luxury SUV buyers." He added, "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 Platinum version of the Cadillac Escalade isn't cheap. Expect it to add about $20,000 to the base price, heading well over $90,000 U.S. and in the range of the Mercedes GL550.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca