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January 17, 2014

2015 Escalade Interior Invites Discovery – Erin Crossley

Craftsmanship and seamless integration of technology define iconic luxury SUV

Working in design for Cadillac, our studio team knows the tiniest details can make a big impact when it comes to pleasing luxury vehicle buyers. As color and trim design manager for Cadillac, one of my roles is selecting the colors and materials that evoke the brand’s design character and blend them in ways that create a premier luxury experience.

The all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade is an iconic product for the Cadillac brand with an interior that advances the formula for which the Escalade is known – bold design, strong presence, capability and seating for up to eight. It also represents the latest vehicle in a product renaissance that includes the critically acclaimed CTS, ELR, and ATS and guided by our Art and Science design philosophy.  Today, the very essence of Art and Science is American luxury and style, blended with a never-ending quest of technology progression.

Like the vehicles that precede it, the interior of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade has been dramatically elevated, with the goal to select and combine authentic materials like genuine wood, leather and metal in tasteful and modern ways that invite discovery and create an emotional connection with luxury customers.

For inspiration, we looked at trends in fashion, interior home design and architecture.  We find it in luxury handbags, shoes and high-end leather products like furniture.  We also looked within Cadillac to the colors, materials and elements that are important to the brand.

The design team developed three distinctive luxury environments, each offering a unique persona and character:

  • The black interior featuring rosewood accents is the classic expression of luxury.
  • The light shale interior offers a traditional luxury execution with American walnut burl accents in a light and airy environment.
  • Fashion-forward customers will gravitate to the black interior featuring kona brown leather and open-pore elm cluster wood. The look and feel is high-end leather furniture with subtle color variation in the hide and a wood finish that lets its knots, lines and natural beauty come through.

Every 2015 Escalade interior also features extensive use of cut-and-sew. This top-of-the-line live stitching process requires leather and other premium materials to be precision cut, wrapped and stitched on the instrument panel, center console, door panels and other interior components to highlight their sculpture and create a tactile experience tailored to refined tastes.

The seamless integration of technology is another facet of the all-new Escalade interior environment. CUE – Cadillac’s User Experience – is a new frontier of connectivity, control, convenience and convergence. All of the vehicle’s information, communication, navigation and entertainment are available through one elegant, easy-to-use and customized interface.  CUE does not replace a smartphone or iPod – it channels information from them through a central portal in an uncluttered design, featuring natural voice recognition and haptic touch-screen technology that’s over three times faster than any previous infotainment system.

Visit cadillac.com to discover more about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade.


image001Erin Crossley is a color and trim design manager for Cadillac. A graduate of Syracuse University, Crossley has worked exclusively in the Color and Trim Studios throughout her GM career. Previous brands include Saturn and Holden in Australia, the latter as the chief color and trim designer.

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