Cadillac is one of the oldest automakers in the world and has over a century of experience making cars. When General Motors bought the company in 1909, Cadillac had already established itself as a premier carmaker of America. The Escalade is a Full-Size Luxury SUV that Cadillac makes, and was first introduced to the world in 1999.
The fifth-generation Escalade debuted on February 4, 2020, - 2021 model years- with sales expected to start at the end of 2020. The 2021 Escalade will be built on the GM T1XX platform, sharing it with its corporate cousins Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL.
The 2021 model is getting completely updated looks and features to match it. Steve Carlisle, - Cadillac president - Said, “There is something special about driving an Escalade, It has the bold presence and exclusive technology to elevate the extraordinary and make every drive feel like an occasion.” While unveiling the model. The highlight of 2021 Escalade is the Industry’s first curved OLED display, offering more than 38 inches of the total diagonal display area.
Escalade’s new interior design is heavily influenced by Cadillac’s Escala concept vehicle — a design that also debuted an OLED display — and breaks new ground with the first-ever Gideon Whisper Beige trim combination. The new curved OLED display is the centerpiece of the interior, enabling designers to integrate and customize the entire environment, rather than simply inserting a standard rectangular screen into a conventional instrument panel. The result is a completely fresh, integrated cabin look that seamlessly blends the technology with handcrafted details.
The 2021 Escalade comes in 2 models - Escalade and Escalade ESV - and 5 Trims Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum Luxury, Sport, Platinum Sport. All the trims and models come with a 6.2L V8 engine. The Engine produces 420hp @ 5600 RPM and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4100. The engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic- the 10L80 MF6 gearbox was sourced from the 10L90 MGL gearbox from the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The Hydra-Matic 10L80 is also used in the 2018- Chevrolet Suburban RST, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon Denali, and the 2019- Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra. The Hydra-Matic 10L80 is tuned for comfort and smoothness in the 2021 Escalade.
The 2021 model comes packed with the following luxury and safety features:
- Augmented Reality-enabled navigation- which uses live street views with directional overlays and more to enhance driving directions.
- Surround Vision- a standard feature that employs four exterior cameras to provide a 2-megapixel bird’s-eye view of the scene around the vehicle.
- Trailering Integration Package- which offers up to nine camera views (including rear camera guidelines) to support easier hitching. The package also includes an integrated trailer brake controller and a trailering app that offers trailer profiles, tire pressure and temperature monitoring, and an Extended Side Blind Zone Alert.
- AKG audio technology- Known worldwide for microphones and headphones used by leading musicians in recording studios and live venues, AKG has brought its audio technology to the auto industry for the first time, exclusively for Cadillac.
- Night Vision- an available feature that uses infrared technology to enhance forward visibility, including detection of pedestrians and large animals, projected on the center cluster display.
- Super Cruise driver assistance technology-It enables hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of compatible highways in the United States and Canada, using LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of cameras and radar sensors.
- Magnetic Ride Control- the world’s fastest reacting suspension technology, continues for Escalade. It uses sensors to continually “read” the road and alter the damping rate of the shocks almost instantly. It reacts much faster than computer-controlled shock absorbers to reduce vertical body motion, body roll and vibrations that can often resonate in a large SUV.
- New Air Ride Adaptive Suspension is available as a new system that combines with Magnetic Ride Control. The Air Suspension delivers automatic load-leveling and ride-height adjustments continuously at all four wheels. In highway driving, the system automatically lowers the ride height to improve aerodynamics.
The 2021 Escalade is packed with features, comfort, and performance. Yet the looks of the 2021 Escalade leaves a lot to be desired, the exterior looks very boxy and outdated when compared to the interior that can rival the likes of Rolls-Royce or even Maybach. It feels like GM spent all their R&D money on the interiors and there was nothing left when it came to the exteriors. The fourth-generation Escalade is a much better-looking car. We will have to wait and see what Lincoln does with their Navigator.
The Escalade will be facing off with the heavy hitters of the Full-Size SUV market like the Land Rover Range Rover, Lincoln Navigator, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS. The pricing for the Escalade is yet to be announced. If 2020 pricing is followed, the Escalade will be Cheaper than the Land Rover Range Rover, and at a similar price to the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Lincoln Navigator. Except for the looks, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a promising Full-Size SUV.