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All-new 2014 Cadillac Escalade coming next spring

The next Escalade will reportedly be much fancier inside.

Cadillac has confirmed that the next Escalade SUV will land in showrooms across the United States in the spring of 2014.

No further details were announced but a batch of spy shots nabbed by our intrepid photographer suggests that the third-gen Escalade should adopt the swept-back headlamps seen on the ATS and the XTS. The lamps on the prototype appear to missing their covers, and the LED tail lamps are obviously not production units.

Like the next-gen Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the 2014 Escalade will ride on a new ladder frame derived from the 2014 Silverado and 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.

The 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.

The current Escalade launched all the way back in 2007, which means that 2013 is 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.

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