Last week, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade debuted in California, showing off brand-new styling inside and out, a raft of modern technology, fresh underpinnings, and a revamped powertrain lineup. Critically, the Escalade ESV didn’t make the party, but now we’ve captured the longer model variant on the street in the following photographs.
For reference, the Cadillac Escalade ESV is the extended-length body variant of the standard-length Cadillac Escalade full-size luxury SUV. This particular example featured here is the Sport model, and we think it looks rather sinister dressed in all-black paint.
Up front, we see the next-gen 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s restyled fascia, which gains a tight mesh grille insert with the Sport trim level. Further Sport details include black detailing for the front fascia, daylight openings (DLO, otherwise known as the window surrounds), and roof bars.
In back, we find the Cadillac Escalade once again rocking tall, upright tail lamp housings, while the Sport model gets more black trim for the rear hatch. A subtle trailing-edge roof spoiler is up top, while twin trapezoidal exhaust tips are down below. The hatch of this particular model is also equipped with a curious blue Caddy crest badge. What’s more, the rear gives us a glimpse of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s new independent four-link rear suspension, which promises improvements to both handling and ride quality.
Inside the cabin, look for the latest driver assist and convenience features, such as Super Cruise with Automatic Lane Change, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Rear Pedestrian Detection. There’s also an enormous 38-inch curved organic LED infotainment display to keep it all running as intended.
Motivation is sourced from the standard naturally aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 engine, which doles out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade adds the 3.0L LM2 inline six-cylinder turbodiesel to the lineup, which produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV will get its official reveal at the 2020 New York International Auto Show in April. Until then, make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac Escalade news, Cadillac news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.