Cadillac Escalade: the big SUV has all the luxury of the brand plus a new 8-Speed Automatic

2015-04-14 13:19:52
Cadillac Escalade: the big SUV has all the luxury of the brand plus a new 8-Speed Automatic
Cadillac Escalade: the big SUV has all the luxury of the brand plus a new 8-Speed Automatic

Cadillac Escalade is in to its four generation since it was debuted in 1999. It remains a patron saint of obvious spending in the automotive world and it arrives with the increase of 1.5-inch width and 1.4-inch of length and heavier by 100 pounds compared to the outgoing model. It also makes no excuses for its large presence, this 2015 Escalade.

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is built on the same truck-based underpinnings of the GM that fosters the brand’s full size fleet of SUVs. An updated 6.2 Liter V-8 engine was launched initially with the Escalade and an eight-speed automatic transmission was offered to help distribute power to the wheels. The engine makes up 420 horses and 460 lb-ft of torque. We drove around the town with a six-speed manual and the highways with equal ease, while GM was putting the finishing touches on the eight-speed transmission plan, which is essentially spotted in the Corvette. The same 8-speed was also planned for the GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado and Yukon Denali equipped with 6.2 Liter engine. 

By Inducting the eight-speed transmission into the Escalade, GM thought would is the best way to improve performance in several aspects. Just to see if GM was right we chose the Escalade equipped with the new 8-gear and latched the test equipment.  As expected the low speed drivability of the Yukon and Silverado noticeably improved with the new gearbox.   The transmission allowed smooth take off with the highest first gear, and the shorter ratios also kept the transmission busy even at reduced acceleration. Shifting of the gears proved precise with lightly noticeable action, and the rev did not climb over 3000 rpm all these time.

First opinion of the truck was formed and we tested to prove our opinion. The zero to 60mph was breached at 5.6 seconds with the eight-speed on , which laid waste the timing of 6.1 seconds by the six-speed. Consequently figures started rolling in favor of the eight-speed and the quarter mile was achieved  in 14.1 seconds @99 mph sidling the 14.7 seconds  timing achieved by the manual @96 mph. Even after using the eight-speed the fuel economy return remained the same as the manual at 14mpg. 

Fans of Escalade will be happy to know that there is no change in the opulent interior of Escalade and also the brass accented exterior. The latest Cadillac still sport the glittering grille and the façade with pride written all over and there is an optional 22-inch wheel choice available at $600.  Accessing the club-class interior has been made easier by the addition of retracting steps, a $1685 option that you can discard unless you are handicapped by flexibility. Every comfort and gadget catalogue of the GM has been instilled in this Cadillac and much more. This is what you would expect from a SUV costing $89,360 and a befitting new transmission to boot with.

This is a 7-passenger, 4-door hatchback body style SUV with front engine layout and four-wheel-drive. Base price for the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is $76,565.

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