Our intrepid spy photographer has just nabbed the next-generation 2014 Cadillac Escalade undergoing testing not far from General Motors' engineering offices in Michigan.
Although the standard wheelbase prototype is wearing considerable camouflage, its proportions and its big front grille and complex wheels clearly indicate that it is an Escalade rather than its GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe platform mates.
All three will ride on a new ladder frame derived from the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. As we can see from these photos, the Escalade appears to retain its solid rear axle, a move that won't necessarily improve ride quality but will aid durability for limo users and drivers who tow trailers.
These photos don't give us a glimpse of the Escalade's new interior, but it's safe to assume that a version of Cadillac's new CUE infotainment system will be on board. We expect that the Escalade will use a particularly large touch screen for its CUE system.
Stylistically, the Escalade should adopt the swept-back headlamps seen on the Cadillac ATS and XTS. The lamps on this prototype appear to be missing their covers, while the LED tail lights are obviously not production units. Two wheelbases will again be available.
The current Escalade launched all the way back in 2007, which means that 2013 is it its seventh year. In that time, it has been eclipsed by rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and the Infiniti QX56 in terms of features and design. Still, the king of bling remains hot with consumers and livery drivers.
The 2014 Cadillac Escalade should debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.