GM’s Cadillac Escalade is all-new for the 2021 model year. The large luxury SUV receives a complete overhaul, delivering a thorough redesign and re-engineering. We already know a lot about the new Escalade, including that it has significantly more interior space than the outgoing model, offers a gasoline and a diesel engine (at no cost), has a bevy of technologies, and starts at $77,490 for the regular-length version and $80,490 for the extended-length Escalade ESV. And now, we have the 2021 Escalade exterior color palette to share with you.
In all, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be offered in eight exterior colors. Only one hue – Black Raven – will be offered at no extra charge. The rest will carry an extra charge.
We’ve configured the 2021 Escalade in the Premium Luxury trim to give you an idea of the colors, which we’ve outlined below.
Crystal White Tricoat
Satin Steel Metallic
Dark Moon Blue Metallic
Dark Mocha Metallic
Inside, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will offer a wide array of interior color and trim environments, with nine interior color and trim combinations and four unique seat insert perforation and quilting designs, which we will spotlight separately at a later date.
As a reminder, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade follows Cadillac’s Y trim model strategy, and will be offered in the following trim levels:
- Luxury (base)
- Premium Luxury
- Premium Luxury Platinum
- Sport Platinum
The overhauled exterior features Cadillac’s latest design language, with horizontal primary headlamps joining the vertical signature accent lights. Out back, the Escalade’s iconic vertical tail lamps (not horizontal ones) were completely redesigned with a new graphic. Luxury and Premium Luxury models get bright exterior accents, while Sport models finish those features in black. 22-inch wheels are standard, with a total of seven designs and finishes available.
Mechanically, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is offered either with the naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline motor, or the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax engine. The gas V8 is standard, while the diesel is a no-cost option. Both are mated to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission.
|Engine||Aspiration||Fuel Type||Valvetrain||Horsepower @ RPM||Lb-Ft Torque @ RPM||Transmission|
|6.2L V8 L87||Atmospheric||Gasoline||OHV||420 @ 5600||460 @ 4100||10-speed auto|
|3.0L I6 LM2||Turbo-charged||Diesel||DOHC||277 @ 3750||460 @ 1500||10-speed auto|
Additionally, the Escalade features an independent rear suspension (IRS) for the first time ever. Not only does it enable for a smoother ride and more agile handling, but it also allows for a more spacious third row and more cargo room. The regular-length Escalade sees a 68 percent increase in cargo space behind the third row and 41 percent more rear legroom than the previous generation Escalade.
Available Magnetic Ride Control and an Electronic Limited Slip Differential deliver increased driving performance and traction, while the similarly-optional Air Ride Adaptive Suspension with Drive Modes offers premium ride comfort with height adjustment of up to four inches: two inches lower at entry/exit and two inches higher for off-road ground clearance and self-leveling during towing and hauling.
Inside, the 2021 Escalade features the industry’s first curved OLED display measuring 38 inches diagonally. It has more than twice the pixel density of a 4K TV. An enhanced Navigation experience includes augmented reality and street view features, while the HD Surround Vision Camera provides drivers with an overhead bird’s eye view of the environment around the vehicle. Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto are standard.
The standard AKG Studio sound system features exclusive audio technology from AKG and includes 19 high performance studio speakers and a rear subwoofer. Unique features include Conversation Enhancement, making communication between the first and third rows easier.
To keep rear seat occupants entertained, an optional Rear Seat Entertainment System features 12.6-inch HD displays and offers various connectivity options, including Android mirroring, streaming, HDMI, gaming, and Miracast. Passengers can also interact with the vehicle’s navigation function and select destinations using the rear seat entertainment screens.
Audiofiles should opt for the available AKG Studio Reference sound system. Designed exclusively for Cadillac, the optional provides 36 speakers at many different height levels and locations for a 360-degree sound immersion. Conversation Enhancement with the Studio Reference system features front to back and back to front communication enhancement. The system also features Front Passenger Volume control.
Meanwhile, GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology for compatible highways with lane change on demand, is optional. However, those who wish to get their new Escalade with the system will have to wait.
We’ll have much more to share about the all-new 2021 Escalade in the coming days, so be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac Escalade news, Cadillac news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.