As our sister site Cadillac Society recently pointed out the large rear Cadillac crest on the Escalade doubles as the rear liftgate open button. All the user has to do to open the liftgate is lightly press the lower portion of the crest, which is on a hinge, and it will lift up automatically to provide quick and easy access to the rear cargo area.
Like other crossovers and SUVs with power rear liftgates, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade also features a second button on the inside of the liftgate that lowers and closes it.
This slick liftgate button idea is a departure from the previous-generation Cadillac Escalade, which featured a single button located near the license plate that would open the rear liftgate. By comparison, the badge button keeps the rear end of the Escalade looking more clean and uncluttered.
Additionally, the previous Escalade also came with a liftgate open button on the key fob, as well as a hands-free system whereby the user could kick under the bumper to pop the hatch. Both of these features carry over to the next-gen model, so depressing the Cadillac crest won’t be the only way to access the trunk. We imagine owners will use the key fob to toggle the power liftgate most often.
Speaking of cargo room, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade offers 121 cubic-feet of storage space behind the first row, 72.9 cubic-feet behind the second row, and 27.3 cubic-feet behind the third row. The extended-length 2021 Escalade ESV, meanwhile, has a whopping 142.8 cubic-feet behind the first row, 94.1 cubic-feet behind the second row, and 41.5 cubic-feet behind the third-row.
The base engine in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is General Motors‘ 6.2L L87 V8 engine, which is good for a healthy 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Its new 3.0L LM2 inline six-cylinder turbodiesel engine also joins the lineup for 2021 and produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque in the application.
You can see the Escalade’s liftgate button in action in the video embedded below.