Large SUVs rarely see many changes, but with Cadillac’s entire lineup changing recently, it was only a matter of time before the full-size Escalade went through its transformation. That time will reportedly come in the 2021 model year. Unlike the rest of the Caddy SUV lineup, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will not earn an XT nameplate, but it will get an all-new look, an updated cabin, and all-new powertrain options.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s design is not yet complete, but reports and spy shots indicate it will retain the upright stance that’s made it a legend. What will likely change are all the soft-part bits, as we expect Cadillac to massage these components to better match the rest of its crossover lineup, specifically the newest addition, the XT6. More compact headlights, a new grille, and new taillights are the biggest changes we expect. Of course, with how large the Escalade will be, it will have to scale these soft parts up a bit to be proportionate.
Inside, reports indicate an all-new cabin that will be more luxurious and feature-packed than before. Some updates we expect include a dash-top wide-screen infotainment system, upgraded materials, and an electronic shifter.
Under its hood, everything remains under wraps, but reports allude to the next-generation Escalade will boast a trio of powertrain options to suit all buyer types. On top of its standard V8 engine, we expect to see a high-performance 2021 Escalade boasting a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 gleaned from the CTS-V. In the CTS-V, this engine pumps out 640-horsepower, and we expect no less from the Escalade’s performance variant. There are also reports of a roughly 400-mile electric powertrain for green-focused buyers, but all signs point to this as an addition in future model years.
Neither the NHTSA nor IIHS has tested the current Cadillac Escalade for safety, so there are no official ratings on it. The current Escalade has optional low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitors, but we expect Cadillac to match the competition and make these standard in the new-generation Escalade.