The new interior stays close to the precedent set by the latest slew of Cadillac passenger cars: the Cadillac XTS, Cadillac ATS, and all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS. From the looks of it–and that’s about all we have to go on, since the accompanying release was thin on details–the new Escalade interior will have a lot of the features we like in Cadillac’s new sedans. The gauge package, for example, appears to be the same reconfigurable digital TFT screen that we’ve seen in upgrade models of the ATS, CTS and the XTS. The dash is covered in stitched materials, and there appears to be a lot of soft-touch surfaces inside, along with some very nice wood trim and satin chrome details. The center stack could be right out of the CTS, with the same CUE touch-screen infotainment system, and we assume touch-sensitive panel. There are a few differences though. For example, we noticed pedal adjustment buttons on the upper left side of the screen–an odd placement if you ask us–and of course, the center console is enormously wide.
Most interesting of all though is that it is entirely unlike the 2015 GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe interiors. In the past, the Escalade was literally little more than a Tahoe with Cadillac badges inside. In fact, it was one of our primary laments about the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, which we drove a few months back; we decided there was virtually nothing about the Caddy that justified its much higher price tag compared to the Chevy. This time though, it looks like Cadillac is serious about taking on the likes of vehicles like the 2014 Infiniti QX80, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and the Lexus LX 560 with a much more elegant interior treatment. Of course, we’ll have to drive it first, and see what the exterior looks like. We’ll get our first look at the latter on October 7, so stay tuned.