A slide from GM’s most recent investor conference confirms that the next-generation 2015 Cadillac Escalade will go on sale in the spring of 2014.
While The General didn’t provide other details about the upcoming full-size luxury SUV, the 2015 Escalade will almost certainly ride on a variant of the automaker’s new K2XX vehicle architecture that underpins the all-new 2014 Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks and that will also be used for the 2015 Tahoe, 2015 Suburban, and 2015 Yukon. The flagship Cadillac SUV will likely be powered by the new 6.2 liter V8 EcoTec3 L86 engine estimated to make 420 bhp (313 kW) and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque, delivering power through the rear (standard) or all wheels (optional). The Escalade will continue being available in regular- and extended-wheelbase variants, with the EXT pickup-truck variant will be discontinued.
In the design department, the all-new Escalade is expected to sport bold yet sophisticated exterior styling and be loaded with more LED lights than glow sticks at a rave party, while the cabin will be highly differentiated from the Tahoe/Suburban and Yukon platform mates — which isn’t the case with the current-generation GMT900-based SUVs. To that end, GM creative manager of interior design Chris Hilts has confirmed that this will be the case.
The new Escalade is scheduled to first be shown at GM’s dealer conference this fall, and will likely be unveiled on the auto show circuit shortly thereafter.