Cadillac Escalade gains standard 8-speed auto, 4G LTE, Platinum model

It’s only a few months old, but Cadillac has upgraded the Escalade for the 2015 model year with a new transmission, more tech and top-shelf trim level.

For the 2015 model year Cadillac has upgraded the still-very-new Escalade to incorporate the brand’s new wreathless emblem, as well as an 8-speed automatic, surround view camera system, 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot as standard. A two-speed transfer case is standard on all four-wheel drive models, while the hands-free tailgate gains hands-free closing. The standard Collection model now starts at US$73,965 (up US$1,275).

At the very top of the range, Cadillac has added a new US$90,270 Platinum Collection model. For this new top-spec model every conceivable surface is covered in high grade materials, including leather on the dash, door panels and centre console. The headliner trim is sueded microfibre, while the first and second row seats are clad in Nappa semi-aniline leather.

Other standard features include 22-inch alloy wheels, heated and cooled front seats with heating and cooling, massaging driver’s seat, 7-inch LCD screens built into the back of the front headrests, a 9-inch drop-down rear entertainment display, cooled centre console bin, chrome accents aplenty and Platinum branding galore.