Long having been criticized by the automotive press for not differentiating the interior and exterior of the Escalade SUV from its more pedestrian siblings, Cadillac has taken that criticism to heart. Behold, the interior of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. The steering wheels design especially marks a distinct departure from GM full-size SUV convention, sharing its shape and design more with other Cadillac models than with other related SUVs.

Everything from the dashboard and seat sculpting, materials, HVAC, and entertainment controls looks significantly different from the 2015 Tahoe and Yukon, which themselves look very different from the 2014 full-size trucks. It also appears the 2015 Escalade makes more liberal use of wood trim, and we're hoping it's actual wood, and not woodgrain as has become standard practice as faux cellulose has become more convincing over the years.

Interestingly, the Escalade retains a column shifter, even as many of its competitors, such as the Lincoln Navigator and Infiniti QX80, employ console shifters. All the better for living-large executives and executive wives to store their multiple iPhones, BlackBerries, Galaxy Tabs and pumpkin spice lattes. Full inside-and-out photos as well as tech specs on Cadillac's appropriately Texas-built SUV are expected within the next week. Expect the 420-hp, 460-lb-ft 6.2-liter L86 direct-injected V-8 to be among the engine options, if not standard.

Source: Cadillac