The Cadillac Escalade reinforced its luxury flagship status with a dramatic redesign for 2021. The full-size SUV achieved new levels of interior room, technology, and opulence. On the heels its successful makeover, the Escalade will stand pat for 2022.
The recent switch to an independent rear suspension allows for even greater rear passenger room and cargo-carrying ability. The Escalade can seat up eight with comfort to be found in all three rows. To ensure everyone enjoys the ride, standard amenities include tri-zone automatic climate control, heated second-row seats, seven USB ports, and a 19-speaker AKG sound system. The Platinum trims go even further with an extended semi-aniline leather interior, massaging front seats, 36 speakers, a rear entertainment system, and an adaptive air suspension for enhanced ride quality.
The Escalade offers up to 109.1 cubic feet of load space with the back rows folded. Opting for the extended-length ESV model gives buyers a van-like 126.6 cubic feet to fill.
The most striking aspect of the Escalade's cabin is the 38-inch curved dash display. The OLED expanse houses a 14.2 inch instrument cluster, a 7.2-inch driver information touchscreen, and a mammoth 16.9-inch infotainment touchscreen. The integrated navigation system can provide live street views from the vehicle's four standard cameras.
The Escalade's familiar 6.2-liter V8 engine will continue as standard on all trims, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The V8 produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, enabling the Escalade to tow up to 8,200 pounds. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder is once again available at no extra cost. Buyers who opt for it can look forward to 23 miles per gallon combined, outstanding efficiency for this class.
Standard driver assistance features include a surround-vision camera, automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, and front and rear pedestrian alert. Most trims also come with an automated parking system, adaptive cruise control, and reserve automatic braking. With the available Super Cruise system, the Escalade can virtually drive itself under human supervision.