On Tuesday in Beverly Hills, California, the Detroit-based automaker unveiled the 2021 Cadillac Escalade with more technology, an independent rear suspension, and a luxurious interior.
The Escalade is known for its somewhat brash appearance, but the fifth-generation model tones things down as it features an all-new design that follows in the footsteps of the XT6. As a result, the SUV has an upright grille which is flanked by horizontal headlights. The latter are joined by vertical LED daytime running lights which are a hallmark of the brand.
Speaking to Muscle Cars & Trucks on the eve of the 2021 Escalade’s reveal, various Cadillac Escalade Marketing Managers and Exterior Design Managers said that while they didn’t have anything specific to share, they think that the Escalade name has “plenty of room to grow.”
Inside, the 2021 Escalade’s design is ripped right out of the Escala concept. Soft leather and available woven materials on the doors and lower portion of the dashboard. The dashboard is dominated by more than 38 inches of thin, curved, OLED screen comprised of a 7.2-inch touchscreen to the left of the gauge cluster with vehicle information, a 14.2-inch digital gauge cluster, and a 16.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the center of the dash. Key functions like phone and navigation can also be run through a rotary controller and hard buttons on the center console. For the first time in the Escalade’s history, the truck-style column-mounted gear selector gives way to a console-mounted electronic gear selector.
The 2021 Escalade will come standard with an AKG Studio 19-speaker surround sound system, and an AKG Studio Reference 36-speaker 3D surround sound system will be standard on the Platinum trim and available on the Premium Luxury and Sport models.
Other tech options include Cadillac’s familiar Rear Camera Mirror and a Night Vision system which uses infrared technology to enhance visibility as well as detect pedestrians and large animals.
A carryover 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque will be the standard engine. Those looking for better fuel economy will want to opt for the 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of which engine is chosen, power will flow to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive with low-range gearing and an electronic limited-slip differential will be available.
The 2021 Escalade is larger than its predecessor by nearly 7 inches with a 4-inch longer wheelbase. Third-row occupants receive the most benefit with more than 10 inches of additional legroom, but second-row passengers will enjoy seats that now slide fore and aft. Cargo capacity behind the third row is up by more than 68 percent; the Escalade can haul up to 25.5 cubic feet of stuff with all the seats in place, and that grows to 109.1 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The independent rear suspension allows the third row to fold flat.
Five different trim levels of the Escalade will be available: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Platinum Sport, and Platinum Luxury.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be launched in the third quarter and pricing will be announced in the coming months.
Source: motor authority