The all-new, fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade will launch for the 2021 model year, not the 2020 model year as we originally believed. That means that the current, fourth-generation model gets to live for another (final) model year as the 2020 Cadillac Escalade, getting a few minor changes and updates in the process. Here’s what’s new and different for the 2020 Escalade and 2020 Escalade ESV.
There are no changes to the model line or the mechanical portion of the full-size luxury SUV line. Changes to the exterior are limited to the deletion of two exterior colors and the addition of a new color.
- Manhattan Noir Metallic
- Bronze Dune Metallic
- Dark Mocha Metallic
The new Dark Mocha hue is an extra-charge color on all models, except for the range-topping Platinum trim.
Inside, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade deletes the DVD playback system with dual screens located on the backside of the front row head restraints as well as the dealer-installed rear-seat DVD entertainment system option. The changes leave the full-size luxury SUV with a single rear-seat entertainment system simply called Entertainment System. Assigned RPO Code U42, the package has the following features:
- 9-inch LED backlit display
- DVD player, Blu-Ray capable
- Remote control
- Two 2-channel wireless digital headphones
- USB port (2.1 amp) and HDMI/HML inputs on rear of center console
- Sound compression
- CD-R, CR-R/W and MP3 capable
- Streaming available through HDMI and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)
The package is not available on the base Escalade trim, but is optional on the Luxury trim, and included as standard with Premium Luxury and Platinum trims.
Finally, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade deletes the dealer-installed Escalade Noir Package, which was introduced for the 2019 model year and included the following content:
- Premium carpeted floor mats
- 22-inch split seven-spoke alloy wheels with Chrome finish
- Polished exhaust tip
And that rounds out the changes to the 2020 Cadillac Escalade. We expect the 2020 Escalade to launch in the third quarter of the 2019 calendar year. It will likely have a shortened production run as the all-new, fifth-generation model is expected to launch in the first half of the 2020 calendar year as the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.