Bringing new levels of luxury and elegance to America's best-known premium SUV brand, Cadillac has revealed the 2015 Escalade Platinum Collection. Set to launch during the fourth quarter, the range-topping Escalade Platinum will match its distinctive upgrades with a number of functional improvements found on the all-new 2015 Escalade and long-wheelbase Escalade ESV models, which launched in the spring.

Keys exterior cues on the new Escalade Platinum include a unique grille insert, 22-inch alloy wheels and a healthy helping of additional brightwork along with bespoke Platinum badging. Like base, Luxury and Premium Collection Escalades, the Platinum also wears Cadillac's new "wreathless" crest on its nose and tailgate. 

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The big changes for the Platinum Collection Escalade are found inside. On the cosmetic front, semi-aniline Nappa leather covers the front and second-row seats while the dash, door panels and center console feature hand-stitched/fitted conventional hide trim set off with various exotic wood accents, a suede-look microfiber headliner, upgraded floor mats and Platinum-signature sill plates. Functional tweaks bring heated/cooled 18-way power front buckets with massage feature for the driver, dual 7.0-inch LCD screens in the front seatbacks to supplement the 9.0-inch overhead entertainment display and a cooled center console compartment.  

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Other mid-model year improvements for all Escalades include an 8-speed Hydra-Matic transmission that replaces the current 6-speed autoshifter - a change that could and should help boost the yet-unreleased EPA figures on this 7-passenger luxury liner. The expanded features roster also adds a Surround View camera system, 4G LTE connectivity and hands-free closing capability to complement the standard hands-free power-up liftgate. Those upgrades bump the Escalade's basic price of admission by $1,275 to $73,965 while the new Escalade Platinum Collection will open at $90,270.

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