Cadillac announced updates to its Super Cruise semi-autonomous system this week, which included a new automated lane change functionality that allows the vehicle to change lanes at the request of the driver. This update is important, as it ensures Super Cruise will remain competitive as new Level 2 autonomous systems come to market, such as the ZF coAssist system that debuted at CES 2020 earlier this year.
General Motors also hid another rather important little nugget of information in an image and video it attached to the Super Cruise announcement, though. The image (above) shows the updated Super Cruise interface on the new curved OLED display in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which features an accurate digital rendering of the SUV’s rear. This is our first good look at the 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s rear end, with the previously leaked photos only showing the SUV’s front end and side.
The photo isn’t very high resolution, unfortunately, as it required some zooming and cropping to get a close-up look at the Escalade rendering, but it does give us a general idea of what to expect. Based on the image, the 2021 Escalade will retain the long, vertically mounted taillights of the current model, which will be joined by a third brake light or reverse light integrated into the rear spoiler. A thick chrome trim piece also spans the width of the tailgate and connects the two taillights and is joined by more chrome trim on the lower corners of the bumper. Quad exhaust tips also seem to be present on the vehicle shown in the rendering, a feature that we’ve also seen on the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 GMC Yukon.
In addition to the new curved OLED display and an updated Super Cruise system, some key improvements the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will introduce include a more efficient powertrain and a new T1 platform with independent rear suspension.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will make its official debut on February 4th. We’ll have full details on the SUV once they become available, but for now, you can see the new Super Cruise auto lane change feature in action and get a peek at the SUV’s rear end in the video embedded below.