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Flashy and glamorous, the Escalade continues to woo buyers with its luxurious interior and lane-busting road presence. Under the hood is a 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional. The Escalade offers a maximum towing capacity of 8300 pounds. The ride quality is buttery smooth, but the handling, not surprisingly, is less than athletic. The styling isn’t exactly subtle, but it is most certainly iconic.

Now in its fourth generation since its 1999 introduction, the Cadillac Escalade remains one of the automotive world’s patron saints of conspicuous consumption. Checking in 1.5 inches wider, 1.4 inches longer, and about 100 pounds heavier than the model it replaced, the large-livin’ 2015 Escalade makes no excuses for its imposing presence.

Built on the same truck-based underpinnings as the rest of GM’s full-size SUV fleet, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade initially launched with the recently updated 6.2-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Producing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the engine eagerly shouldered its substantial load, hustling the six-speed-equipped Escalade around town and down the highway with ease.

A numerically higher first gear facilitates seamless takeoffs, and the more tightly spaced ratios mean the transmission stays busy even under light acceleration. Yet it shuffles between gears with a precise, almost imperceptible action, rarely letting the revs climb above 3000 rpm. Mat the accelerator at any speed, however, and the tach swings for the cheap seats, the transmission letting the beefy V-8 rev to around 5700 rpm before grabbing another gear. Thanks to the tighter gap between ratios, the engine spends more time in the meaty portion of its torque curve, making the most of its output and lending a more fluid feel to the proceedings.

Cadillac Escalade 2015

It’s all about the interior with the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Stitched, perforated leather and real wood trim take center stage in an upgrade that significantly departs from the Suburban-Yukon twins on which it’s based. Expect 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque from the Escalade’s 6.2-liter direct-injected V8. Two- or four-wheel-drive models will be available.

With room for up to eight, a tow rating of up to 8300 pounds—and tons of bling—the Escalade is luxury writ large. A 420-hp V-8 and eight-speed automatic with rear- drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. The long-wheelbase ESV adds about 25 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. The rough ride and reluctant handling betray its pickup-truck foundation, and extras can push the price into the stratosphere. A tribute to conspicuous consumption, it’s more than most drivers need.

The Escalade’s range-topping Platinum trim level does just that. A two-wheel-drive example starts at $90,345, and the four-wheel-drive model tested here starts at $92,945. With only two options—power-deploying running boards and wheel locks—the final tally for our test rig came to $94,770.

cadillac escalade 2015

cadillac escalade 2015

If it sounds as though we’re comparing sticker prices in a vacuum, we’re not. Breeding matters, particularly at the Platinum’s price level. One needn’t root around in the Escalade’s pricing and hereditary chain to notice the built-down-to-a-price switchgear and high-volume assembly methods shared by its more mainstream relatives. This same interior, at its most basic, isn’t perfect but is convincingly luxurious in the low $70,000s; it is less so in the stratosphere. It brings to mind another iconic General Motors product, the Corvette, which despite its improved interior continues to be outclassed by the cabin environment of the Porsche 911 for one reason: Chevy is constrained by the Vette’s $56,395 base price for 2016, while Porsche’s lowliest 911 runs $85,350.

 

Cadillac ATS coupe 2015

The Cadillac ATS coupe 2015  is the lovely, delightfully adept product of a Hobson’s choice. Luxury-coupe sales are stagnant, yet here comes a new luxury coupe because there are really no alternatives. At least the new ATS coupe is a hottie that’s gratifying to drive.

Here is the backstory: It’s so expensive to engineer a new platform that no company does it for just one mainstream model. After the high-volume sedan is developed, its guts usually get stuffed into another model as quickly and cheaply as possible. That leverages the component set with yet another new product that can reach a different customer, bringing in more sales at relatively little cost.

Don’t mess with Cadillac. Because it plans to jam the 420-hp V6 from its CTS Vsport sedan into the compact ATS in order to make the smaller sedan a genuine V model. This is serious business. The ATS is small and light, so it will haul ass with this much power. And that’s really, really cool.

The problem for Cadillac is that, in the United States where Caddy’s sales are heavily concentrated, sedans are king while all these other potential variants are relative sales duds. None provide any significant volume, and most of these segments, including two-door luxury coupes, are actually in decline as their traditional buyers age and SUVs and crossovers continue their march toward domination.

Still, GM’s luxury-car executive chief engineer Dave Leone told us at the ATS coupe launch in Connecticut that, when faced with the choice of doing a coupe or the likely second option, an ATS wagon, the decision was easy. “Wagons are only popular in three places—Europe, Australia, and in journalists’ driveways.”

Cadillac ATS coupe

Cadillac ATS coupe