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2015 Cadillac Escalade is understated excess (pictures)

The latest-generation Escalade is the biggest application of Cadillac's Art and Science design school yet.

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This is it, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade.

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The latest generation is slightly wider and longer than before, and 100 pounds heavier, too.

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It is Cadillac's biggest machine on the road, big enough to make those 22-inch wheels look tiny.

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Up front is a 6.2-liter V-8, producing 420 horsepower.

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Styling is somewhat sedate compared to the last generation, but with that comes a new air of sophistication.

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LEDs abound, both in the headlights and the stacked tails.

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Chrome, 22-inch wheels are a $600 option.

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Cadillac's redesigned logo is quite prominent to say the least.

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Clean, straight lines abound.

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More LED lighting and Cadillac family styling.

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Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is an option.

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Chrome, too, is standard.

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Here's a shot of the 6.2-liter V-8, which produced just over 14 MPG for us during testing.

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The interior cabin is quite well appointed.

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Cadillac's CUE system is in charge of all infotainment duties.

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Wireless charging? It's here.

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This is the input panel for the rear entertainment unit. Sadly, no HD inputs.

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But, the Blu-ray player means you can enjoy some quality films in HD.

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Wireless headphones mean you won't have to distract the driver.

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Comfortable, heated and cooled seats up front.

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Second-row seats are heated as well.

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All fold down at the touch of a few buttons.

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Said buttons.

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