Credit the very high 1st gear ratio in moving the escalade from zero. The sudden drop of 2nd gear will cause a "clunk" if you suddenly decide you don't want to accelerate fast. But if you stomp the gas pedal without reservation, there is no "clunk." The gearing of the escalade's tranny was designed in a race track hence the 5.9 sec 0-60 numbers.
So it's a big test SUV. Did they declare the escalade platinum the motortrend truck of the year based on this instrumented comparison test? Proud owner of the 2015i escalade platinum. They rated towing at 8100 lbs but at least the label near the tow hitch says. 1000 lbs tongue weight and 10,000 lbs tow rating!
Awesome news!! JDN knows he has a monster hit with the Escalade (as has been discussed ad nauseam here and elsewhere) and GM seems intent on continuing to make this rig better and better. CUE upgrades for 2016 will help a lot. I'm betting MY2017 is when we start to see more differentiation for Platinum and more moves upwards. No reason GL63AMG and RR Supercharged can't get a supercharged/Z06ified Escalade