The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is also all-new this year. It shares the chassis and the platform with the new Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon, but it costs more and offers a unique interior and loads of premium features. Here is what you get when you step up to the new Escalade.
2021 Cadillac Escalade
The Escalade is the pinnacle of GM’s full-size SUV lineup. As such, it must have a special and premium design. The new Escalade design is inspired by the Cadillac Escala concept car. Cadillac says – the design is a combination of a luxurious sedan and the large size and proportions of a truck-based SUV.
You will not mistake the Escalade for anything else. The rear features the distinctive vertical LED tail lamps. The front combines the horizontal main headlights with vertical LED running lights.
The Escalade underpinnings are largely shared with the Tahoe and the Yukon. The newest Cadillac is riding on a longer wheelbase than before. The overall length is just a little more than before, but the interior offers significantly more space due to the new independent rear suspension. This design allows for a lower vehicle floor and more cargo space as well.
The interior is where the Escalade takes it a few notches higher. The design is totally unique. It has a very horizontal theme that reminds of a luxury sedan. The technological center piece is the 38-inch curved OLEV digital screen composition. It’s actually three screens combined together. There is a 7-inch touch-screen on the left-hand side, a 14-inch screen as the center gauge cluster, and an 17-inch touch screen that serves as the center infotainment center.
There is a large center console between the driver and the front passenger that console-mounted transmission shifter. At this time, the 2021 Escalade is offering one powertrain option. It’s the 6.2-liter gas V8 that is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The power output is 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter turbo-diesel I6 is coming soon.
The Escalade offers several premium leather seat options with a choice of four unique quilting patterns. The Escalade offers another unique option. It’s the Augmented Reality AR navigation system. There is a high-definition front-facing camera that can project the real-time video to the center 14-inch gauge screen. Once the navigation system is enabled – the driving instructions and helpful signs are overlaid onto the video image on the screen in real time.
What else? The Escalade has an optional 36-speaker AKG stereo system with surround sound, noise cancelation, driver-passenger communication, and directional navigation!
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade price ranges between $77,000 to $105,000, depending on configuration and options. The Escalade 4WD Luxury Premium model you see in the video has a sticker price of $102,310.
Also, here is Tommy’s take on the same Escalade and its high-tech feature. Stay tuned for more off-road and performance review videos coming very soon.