In seemingly no time at all, the Cadillac Escalade has become a major cash cow for General Motors, as well as a status symbol for well-to-do suburbanites everywhere. This is because it’s a swagger enhancer for anybody who drives one, despite some criticizing the SUV for being nothing more than a fancy Chevy Tahoe. And while the latter part is true to some extent, it doesn’t paint the full picture, and despite gas prices continuing their merciless ascent, the luxury SUV sells well. Well enough — if not profitable enough — to earn itself a fourth generation by what The Detroit Bureau reports will come in the year 2014 as a 2015 model. However, we wouldn’t flinch if it launched sooner than that, and by our analysis, it needs to.
For the next generation model, details remain vague, but it’s safe to expect the next generation body-on-frame luxurury SUV will double down on luxury, further distancing itself from the rest of its bloodline that includes the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon. It will also continue to be built at GM’s Arlington Assembly facility in Texas. In the meantime, feel free to check out the changes in store for the 2013 Escalade.
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