The redesigned 2015 Cadillac Escalade keeps its sharp edge look in the front with the big Cadillac grille. Cadillac
While Lincoln was introducing a new version of its Navigator SUV today, Cadillac was dramatically raising the price of the other popular full-size luxury SUV, the Escalade.
plans to charge $72,690 to start for the new version of the Escalade,
including a $995 destination charge. That's nearly $8,000 more than the
base price of the outgoing 2014 version.
It's also a whopping
$9,145 more than another one of its competitors, the 2014 Infiniti QX80,
which has a starting price of $63,545 including a destination charge.
Still, the Escalade's new price is nearly $11,000 less than the 2014
Lexus LX 570. It starts at $83,540 with destination. The 2015 Escalade
is set to arrive at dealerships in the spring.
Cadillac says the
reason behind the dramatic spike in price is that it has dropped a
previously available base model, which started at $64,740, including
destination. Donny Nordlicht, a Cadillac spokesman, said that model was
sold only in "extremely limited" quantities and discontinued in the
first month of the model year's production.
(Cars.com shows just 31 base-model 2014 Escalades available in its online inventory out of over 4,000 available).
2015 starting price applies to the lowest trim level, now called the
Standard, which comes with a host of equipment not available on the 2014
There's no indication that the 2014 Escalade's top
Platinum level is returning for 2015. Standard is now the base level,
with Luxury as the midlevel offering and Premium the top tier. For the
2014 Escalade, Luxury and Premium were the first and second trim levels
and started at $68,965 and $73,245, respectively, with Platinum at the
top starting at $81,515 (all prices include destination).
Prices for 2015 Escalade's trim levels are not yet available, but we do have details.
Standard trim includes Magnetic Ride Control, LED headlights and
taillights, 20-inch dual seven-spoke chrome-plated aluminum wheels, a
backup camera, front and rear park assist, a hands-free power liftgate,
the Cadillac User Experience multimedia system, leather seats with power
adjustability for the driver and front passenger, heated and cooled
front seats and a heated second row, a power fold-flat third row, power
adjustable pedals, a heated and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel,
and adaptive remote start.
Moving to the Luxury trim adds 22-inch
seven-spoke premium painted wheels with chrome inserts; the Driver
Awareness Package with a Safety Alert Seat, lane departure warning and
forward collision alert systems; blind spot warning; lane change assist;
rear cross-traffic alert; IntelliBeam headlamps; second-row power
release fold-and-tumble seats; a sunroof; and a full-color head-up
The Premium trim includes the Driver Assist Package with
front and rear automatic braking, Automatic Collision Preparation,
adaptive cruise control, illuminated exterior door handles and a rear
entertainment system with a 9-inch overhead screen.
6.2-liter V-8 engine, standard across all trims, is up 17 horsepower for
a total output of 420 horsepower, while torque increases to 460
pounds-feet, up more than 10 percent. Power is channeled through a
six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive remains standard and
all-wheel drive is an option.