Despite being out for less than a model year, the new 2015 Cadillac Escalade will see a few tweaks and updates, according to an AutoGuide report. It details a 2015.5 model year for the flagship SUV, with some of the changes eventually trickling down to Chevrolet and GMC’s full-size platform mates (Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Yukon XL and Denali line).
As expected, the Escalade, like the ATS and CTS, will lose the Cadillac wreath and incorporate the brand’s latest badge design. The exterior changes will coincide with the addition of General Motors’ new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission will likely find its way to other full-size GM vehicles that use the big 6.2-liter V8, as well, with documents from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showing that the federal agency tested 2015 Escalade, Silverado and Yukon with an eight-speed as recently as April 30.
Eventually, the 8L90 is anticipated to be offered on nearly every engine available in General Motors’ full-size truck and SUV lineup. Initially, however, the 8L90 will pair with models featuring a 6.2L V8.
On top of the new transmission, the report details a new 360-degree camera system. Like the 8L90 transmission, this feature is expected to be offered first in the 2015.5 Escalade before making its way to other GM full-size vehicles. The system works with the existing backup camera and adds a camera to each rearview mirror, as well as one in the front grille. By incorporating the feeds of all four cameras, driver and passengers will be able to see a full 360-degree image of the vehicle’s perimeter.
Finally, Cadillac is expected to launch a new Escalade Platinum. Details are scarce on what extra features the Platinum will offer, but it’s expected that the super SUV to feature an oversized sunroof, and perhaps even higher-end materials than what’s found in the standard model. And without all the facts in front of us, it could be that the Escalade Platinum will feature the 8L90 and 360-camera before all other models, being that it’s the highest-end SUV that Cadillac will likely make.