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Escalade adds communications and safety features for 2016

Cadillac has added new communications and safety equipment to the outsized Escalade for 2016, making it the first version to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing drivers easy access to their cellphone contacts, music and apps.

The new Escalade also makes more use of its vibrating safety-alert driver's seat. Now, via a new lane departure safety system, the seat vibrates to alert a driver when the SUV is straying from its lane, not just when it is getting too close to nearby objects while parking.

The 17-foot-long Escalade already boasted a lengthy list of technology and luxury features that made it an impressively plush road cruiser and stalwart tow vehicle....