We’ve already seen the all-new Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, so it was only a matter of time before their cousin, the Escalade, got its day in the sun. And that day is now, as the redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade has finally shown its face.
On the outside, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade retains the upright design it’s always had but receives a slew of other changes that result in an all-new look. Upfront, the redesign starts with squinty horizontal headlights, a bold grille that varies in finish by trim, vertical accent lights, and more. Around back, this all-new Escalade boasts thin vertical LED taillights, which have been unmistakable cues for this model for years, with three-dimensional etching. Rounding out this new look are standard 22-inch wheels.
Inside, the Escalade’s all-new cabin draws a lot of inspiration from the Escala concept. Like this concept, the 2021 Escalade boasts three industry-exclusive curved OLED screens that make up the driver-information screen, gauge cluster, and infotainment screen. Also new is a pair of AKG audio systems, a standard 14-speaker system, and an optional 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference system.
The Escalade’s interior is also larger than before. The standard-length model’s third-row leg room grows by 40% to 34.9 inches and its cargo room jumps by 68% with the third row upright to 25.5 cubic feet.
The Escalade is also mechanically new, starting with its updated standard 6.2-liter V8 that pumps out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. There’s also an all-new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel six-cylinder that delivers 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Also new under the skin is its independent rear suspension and adaptive air-ride suspension that gives it a superior ride.
In the safety department, the 2021 Escalade will gain an enhanced Super Cruise system that uses LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of cameras and radar sensors to offer hands-free driving on up to 200,000 miles of select highways in the U.S. and Canada. This new Super Cruise system now offers automated lane change that activates when the driver turns on the turn signal and the lane is clear.
Also standard on the 2021 Escalade is automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, front and rear pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision alert. In the Premium Luxury and higher trims, this large SUV boasts even more standard safety features like semi-autonomous parking, a head-up display, blind-zone monitors, advanced adaptive cruise control, and more.