Now in its fourth generation since its introduction in 1999, the Cadillac Escalade remains one of the patron saints of the automotive world of conspicuous consumption. The check-in 1.5 inches wider, 1.4 inches longer and about 100 pounds heavier than the model it replaces, the big livin 2015 Escalade does not apologize for his imposing presence.
Built on the same basic truck-based like the rest of the full-size SUV fleet of GM, 2015 Cadillac Escalade initially launched with the new update 6.2-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Producing 420 horsepower and 460 Nm of torque, the engine enthusiastically pushed his substantial load, running up a six-speed endowed the city and the road with ease.
But while we were busy whipping six Escalade speed on the test track, the GM was finalizing plans to put a new eight-speed transmission (essentially the same transmission handles gear change duties Corvette) in the Escalade, and the 6.2-liter-equipped Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali. GM realized that transplantation of eight-speed for the ‘Slade would be a relatively easy way to improve performance on several fronts. Curious to see if the intuition gender pay, we re-raise to an Escalade equipped with the new box and locked in running tests.
As was the case with eight gears installed GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Silverado we drove earlier, driveability at low speeds is greatly enhanced with the new gearbox. The first gear numerically highest takeoffs facilitates seamless, and more closely spaced relationship, the transmission remains busy even accelerating the light. However, it shuffles between the gears with precise action, almost imperceptible, rarely leaving the revs rise above 3000 rpm. Matthew throttle at any speed, however, and fluctuations Tach cheap seats, leaving the transmission V-8 laps stout at about 5700 rpm before taking another gear. Thanks to the narrow difference between the ratios, the engine spends more time on the part of his meaty torque curve, making the most of their production and give a smoother feel in the process.
The first formed impressions, we went to the track for the confirmation that our meter home-of-the-pants finely honed has been properly calibrated. First it was zero to 60 mph dash, where eight Escalade speeds recorded a 5.6-second run, the devastation of the 6.1-second time the six-speed truck. The rest of the data continued to decline in favor of the eight-speed, over the quarter mile in 14.1 seconds with a trap speed of 99 mph, edging the operation six-speed from 14.7 to 96 mph.
Unfortunately, the Escalade eight-speed remained hungry as our test vehicle with six gears, returning the same 14 mpg in mixed driving. To be honest, neither GM nor the EPA have been arguing otherwise; estimated 15/21 mpg city / the latest version of the road are little better than 14/21 mpg with the six-speed model (which is, for example, four-wheel drive like ours, rear-wheel drive Escalades up 1 mpg on the EPA highway cycle eight speed). Grip in our 300ft skidpad was unchanged at 0.75 g, adaptive suspension Magnetic Ride Control hardships GM to keep the big girl in the level.
The fans inside and outside the opulent brass Escalade will be happy to know that very little has changed outside of the powertrain. The giant Cadillac still brandishes its flashy grille and fascia with pride, our latest version at the crest optional 22-inch wheels ($ 600). Access lined leather clubroom like Kona inside Brown is facilitated by side passages optional retraction power ($ 1695), a feature that would have left out unless they are not affected by stunting or lack of flexibility.
We had a taste for the interior trim natural opaque wood, which seems a bit ‘more organic custom sans-taught gloss finish. Needless to say, almost all the amenities and the device in the catalog of GM makes an appearance here, heated and cooled front and rear seats, all kinds of support alerts and blind spot safety, a display four-color head-up , Bose audio, and much, much more. And ‘as you would expect from a $ 89,360 SUV that now has a more coherent transmission with its high label.