Jay-Z, Kanye West and the rest of the hip-hop community can rest easy now that General Motors' luxury division has formally presented the fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade, the rap music industry's unofficial vehicle. Cadillac is particularly proud of the vehicle's hand-tailored craftsmanship, stressing that nothing was spared to come up with a cabin that any mogul would delight in.
"Cadillac's growth provides the ideal stage for the all-new Escalade to take a major leap forward," said Cadillac senior vice president Bob Ferguson. "The 2015 Escalade is completely new and elevated in design and technology, inside and out. The clear objective is to once again assume the leadership position among luxury SUVs."
So roll over, Lexus LX, Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5.
If there's one thing you'll notice about the exterior of the new Escalade, it's that LED lighting is very prominent. The headlamps are said to incorporate the industry's first Total Internal Reflection LED high-beam function, which "consists of four vertically stacked crystal lenses and LEDs." The low beam, meanwhile, "consists of five crystal lenses and LEDs that create the light pattern." At the back can also be found tall and thin vertical LED taillamps.
Production of the all-new Escalade, according to Cadillac, "begins next spring in Arlington, Texas. The product line will consist of the standard Escalade model, as well as the extended-length ESV edition, which offers a 14in-longer wheelbase and approximately 20 inches more in overall length. Offered with 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, the Escalade features a new 6.2-liter V8 engine that is more powerful and more efficient than previous models. Our Magnetic Ride Control, the world's fastest-reacting suspension system, is now standard and delivers precisely controlled driving performance."
The V8 engine, mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission, is rated at 420hp and 623Nm.
The 2015 Escalade features Front and Rear Automatic Braking, which "relies on short-range radar technology and ultrasonic sensors to help the driver avoid front and rear low-speed collisions via a progression of alerts that extend to complete braking, if necessary."
It's inside the vehicle where Cadillac is most proud of its work. The cabin apparently boasts real wood and premium cut-and-sewn materials and sueded accents.
"An exceptional level of craftsmanship has gone into the redesign of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, and it all centers on the premium materials and extensive use of cut-and-sew live stitching--the way fine furniture is produced," said Cadillac design director for interiors Eric Clough. "We designed the Escalade with what we call the beauty of contrast. It offers a distinctive combination of bold, truck-like character, but also the refinement of the Cadillac form and technology."
Oh, yeah, the wheels. The new Escalade can be had with either 20-inch (275/55) or 22-inch (285/45) aluminum rollers. We suggest you get the 22-inch set. Jay-Z would.