Report – Next gen Cadillac Escalade still a body-on-frame, but with a more upscale twist image

According to a recent interview with Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, some new details concerning the future generation of the top-selling flagship Escalade sport utility vehicle have perspired.

While commenting on the sidelines of the next generation configuration, the top executive said the Escalade “must become more sophisticated and technically advanced” and he also admitted improvements can be introduced – although the old-school off-road prone architecture will not be abandoned in favor of the modern unibody construction, with de Nysschen noting “we can do all that with a body-on-frame architecture.” Of course the manager was coy about specifics – although he doesn’t even have to be very willing to provide them – the current model is a major success and executives have hinted in the past the company is mulling the branching of the nameplate with a VSport version and a ultra-luxury brethren that would go against the top model in the Range Rover roster and retail for more than $100,000.

There’s no word on timing for those versions or even the introduction of the next generation, though current owners won’t complain too much as the Escalade can be had with lots of amenities – from heated wood / leather steering wheel, leather seats to an assortment of American Walnut, Natural Finish Elm, or Santos Palisander wood trim, all the while passing through niceties such as ambient interior lighting, a CUE infotainment system, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Even power is satisfactory, thanks to the 6.2-liter V8 engine pushing out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque – which is enough for a 60 mph sprint in no more than six seconds.

Via The Detroit News via GM Authority