Cadillac wanted to project the Escalade nameplate into new levels of luxury and refinement with the fourth-generation of the big and brawny premium SUV. This is exemplified in the 2015 Escalade’s mature exterior design, high quality “cut and sew” interior materials and state-of-the-art technologies. The improvements didn’t just come in the way of aesthetic changes though, Cadillac also improved upon the Escalade’s driving characteristics by offering an upgraded powertrain with an all-new 6.2-liter V8 engine.
The 6.2-liter V8 standard on all 2015 Cadillac Escalades is producing an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, representing a 5-percent increase in horsepower and 10 percent more torque than the outgoing model. This translates into a very short 0-60 mph sprint of 5.96 seconds for standard 4WD Escalade models and 5.98 seconds for 2WD Escalade ESV variations.
Cadillac says the improvement in acceleration can be chalked up to the changes made to the 6.2-liter V8 engine. The unit is packed with continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system which is designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across the entire rpm range. A more precisely controlled combustion helps the Escalade to run with a higher compression ratio, delivering greater overall power and efficiency.
The engine is mated to General Motors’ 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with an enhanced “TapShift” system actuated by paddle shifters. The trans is more than capable of performing any tasks Escalade customers might throw at it and a six-second 0-60 time is plenty fast, but we have a feeling those numbers would be even faster still if GM homologated their new eight-speed automatic transmission for use in the full-size luxury SUV.