LOS ANGELES – Cadillac will pump up the technology, room and comfort in its flagship Escalade SUV when an all-new model goes on sale in the second half of the year.
The new Escalade, introduced Tuesday in Los Angeles, is the best-seller in its super-profitable class, but it faces increasing challenges from high-end SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes GLS and BMW X7.
The new Escalade’s self-driving Super Cruise system will raise the bar for hands-free highway driving, while more than a yard of high-def screens – if it were a fish, you’d mount it on the wall – promises a sharper display than your 4K television.
The Escalade grows longer thanks to a new chassis that increases leg room and an independent rear suspension that promises better handling and a more comfortable ride, particularly for passengers in the third row of seats. The architecture is shared with the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban.
Cadillac will build the Escalade in two lengths: the 211-inch long SUV that debuted Tuesday and a 226.9-inch model that will be unveiled in the spring.
Prices will be announced later this year, but they’re likely to start just under $80,000 and peak above $100,000.