New leaked photos of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade surfaced online this week, which we’re sure General Motors already wasn’t thrilled about. Unfortunately for GM, now photos of the SUV’s interior have also been published, showing off its redesigned dashboard and fancy dual-display infotainment system.
Our eyes are immediately drawn to the new infotainment system, which appears to use two separate screens to create a widescreen shape that takes up more than fifty percent of the dashboard. The smaller driver’s display screen is framed by the larger center display and its housing, while a third, smaller screen sits to the left of the driver next to the door. The design of the dual-display setup is directly inspired by the Cadillac Escala concept, which featured two overlapping display screens placed in a similar manner.
The center console, along with the dash area beneath the infotainment system, looks more like the ones in other Cadillacs such as the XT6. The HVAC controls are also positioned the same as in other new Cadillac models and are joined by a smaller, separate screen that acts as a display for the climate control. A rotary dial can be seen sitting just ahead of the Electronic Precision Shift gear selector, while a smaller secondary dial (likely for adjusting the audio volume) can also be seen near the rotary dial. These various details also appear to be inspired by the Escala concept.
Just like the leaked exterior photos, the interior images seem to have been taken at GM’s Arlington Assembly plant, where the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will enter production alongside GM’s other new T1-based full-size SUVs. The new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban are expected to go on sale in mid-2021, so the 2021 Cadillac Escalade probably won’t hit dealers until Q3 or Q4 of 2020. We expect the luxury SUV to make its debut sometime in Q1 2020.
Like the new Tahoe and Suburban, the next-generation Escalade will utilize GM’s T1 platform and will benefit from a new multi-link independent rear suspension setup. Other big changes are in store for the SUV as well – including a battery-electric variant that may have up to 400 miles of range.