Cadillac Gives the Escalade a Tailor-Made Platinum Tuxedo


The Cadillac (NYSE:GM) Escalade is already wearing a pretty nice designer suit, so consider the new Platinum trim a full-blown tuxedo, down to the patent leather shoes and coat tails, which will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. The new trim, which will top the Escalade range, will add “elegant, hand-crafted luxury additions to both the exterior and interior while the entire Escalade range gets new technical features,” namely a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot.

The Escalade will also get a new eight-speed transmission, and a new camera system to improve visibility, the company said in Monday’s press release.

“Since the launch just a few months ago, the next-generation Escalade has proved exceptionally desirable among luxury SUV buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac’s chief marketing officer. “Now, within the same year we are able to elevate the Escalade line with the Platinum Collection, as well as deliver enhancements through the entire Escalade range.”

So how much does a full tuxedo cost for your Escalade? About $20,000, as it starts at $90,270, after the $995 destination fee, over the Escalade’s $71,695 starting price. For that price, Cadillac will wrap the seats in Nappa semi-aniline leather, while the dashboard, upper door panels and the center console are clad in hand-stitched and hand-wrapped leather, the company said. There’s sueded microfiber headliner trim, and exotic wood accents, and buyers can choose from two different interior themes.