The base price of the Escalade is, well, escalating in the new model year. Cadillac announced that the latest version of the luxury SUV will start at $72,690, including a $995 destination charge. That's nearly $8,000 more than the base price of the outgoing 2014 version and a whopping $9,145 more than one of its competitors, the 2014 Infiniti QX80, which has a starting price of $63,545 including a destination charge, but still nearly $11,000 less than the 2014 Lexus LX 570, which starts at $83,540 with destination. The 2015 Escalade is set to arrive at dealerships in the spring.
The reason behind the dramatic spike in price is that Cadillac dropped the previously available base model, which started at $64,740, including destination. Donny Nordlicht, a Cadillac spokesman, said that model was sold only in "extremely limited" quantities and discontinued in the first month of the model year's production (Cars.com shows just 31 base-model 2014 Escalades available in its online inventory out of over 4,000 available). The 2015 starting price applies to the lowest trim level, now called the Standard, which comes with a host of equipment not available on the 2014 base model.