2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Adds Hand-Crafted Luxury to Model Line
Cadillac yesterday unveiled the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum trim, as well as enhancements to the already released 2015 Escalade. Both the Platinum Collection model and these various enhancements will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum adds hand-crafted luxury additions to the interior and the exterior of the SUV. For example, both the first- and second-row seats of the Platinum model are wrapped in Napp semi-aniline leather, and hand-stitched and hand-wrapped leather make their way onto the center console, dashboard, and upper door panels. The interior is available in two environments, each of which is mated to sueded microfiber headliner trim and exotic wood accents that are unique to the Platinum.
The Escalade Platinum sits on 22-inch wheels and features chrome accents on the exterior. The exterior also carries new Platinum exterior badging and a grille mesh design all of its own.
Technology is fine-tuned for the Platinum model, which boasts heated and cooled 18-way power front seats, with a massaging function on the driver’s seat. (But if they’re anything like those annoying chairs at the mall, we’ll pass.) Also included is a pair of seven-inch LCD screens in the front head rests to supplement the overhead 9-inch screen. The Escalade Platinum also doubles as a refrigerator with a cooled center console compartment to chill beverages. Finally, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum trim features premium floor maps and branded door sill plates.
The regular Escalade also boasts a number of enhancements, including the addition of OnStar 4G LTE, an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and a Surround View camera system. The electronic hands-free liftgate now also features hands-free closing capability.
“Since the launch just a few months ago, the next-generation Escalade has proved exceptionally desirable among luxury SUV buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Cadillac. “Now, within the same year we are able to elevate the Escalade line with the Platinum Collection, as well as deliver enhancements through the entire Escalade range.”
Both the 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum and the fourth-quarter Escalade with enhancements sport the new Cadillac crest, sans wreath.
The 2015 Escalade Platinum model carries a price of $90,270, including a $995 destination charge. On the other hand, the upgrades to the 2015 Cadillac model cost just $1,275 over the starting price, for a total of $73,965, including destination.