GM Authority can exclusively report the new 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be priced from $76,195 for the entry-level Luxury trim level – only a $1,000 premium over the outgoing 2020 model. Or $77,490 with the $1,295 destination freight charge included.
For that price, buyers will get themselves into a 2021 Cadillac Escalade in the entry-level Luxury trim with rear-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive will be available to add to all 2021 Escalade trim levels, but it’s not clear how much GM will charge for it. Adding AWD to the fourth-generation, 2020 model year Escalade comes at a cost of $3,000.
Like other current and new Cadillac vehicles, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade follows the brand’s Y-trim level strategy, offering both Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels as the next step up from the base-level Luxury trim. Premium Luxury models will start at $85,695 before destination, while Sport models will be essentially the same price at $85,595.
As we reported previously, the Platinum Package will be available on both the Escalade Premium Luxury and Escalade Sport, allowing owners to pair the content of the loaded Platinum Package with the unique equipment offered by the two different trim levels. With the Platinum Package equipped, Escalade Premium Luxury and Escalade Sport models will both start at $101,745 before destination fees.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade comes standard with a 6.2L L87 V8 engine, rear-wheel-drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission. General Motors’ turbo-diesel 3.0L LM2 I6 engine will be available as an option, though it is not yet clear how much it will charge for the oil burner. The SUV also rides on GM’s T1 platform, features a new independent rear suspension setup and available Magnetic Ride Control and Air Ride Adaptive suspension, while also utilizing the automaker’s Global B electronics architecture.
Inside, the new SUV benefits from an industry-first curved OLED display, which serves as both the driver’s display and the center infotainment screen. Cadillac has also gotten rid of the old school column shifter in the outgoing fourth-generation Escalade and switched to GM’s more modern Electronic Precision Shift system.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is slated to go into production at the GM Arlington Assembly plant in Texas in mid-2020. However, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced GM to temporarily idle its North American manufacturing operations while also pushing some new products back by a model year. As of this writing, the 2021 Escalade is still on track to launch for the 2021 model year, but that could change in the future.