Both the standard-length 2021 Cadillac Escalade and the extended-length Escalade ESV are available to order. Dealer deliveries in the U.S. are slated to ramp up in the fall. Meanwhile, orders from outside the U.S are expected to open in the next few months. As we reported previously, pricing starts at $77,490 for the standard-length 2021 Cadillac Escalade, and $80,490 for the extended-length Escalade ESV. To note, those prices include the $1,295 destination fee.
Per Cadillac’s latest Y trim level strategy, the new Escalade’s trim cadence kicks off the with base-level Luxury, then branches off into the Premium Luxury and the Sport. Above the Premium Luxury and Sport are the Premium Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum, respectively.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade debuted during a special media event in Hollywood, California, last February. Ushering in a complete ground-up overhaul for the iconic luxury nameplate, the new Escalade is built on GM’s T1 vehicle platform, and features a new independent rear suspension that enhances both ride quality and vehicle handling.
The 2021 model year also brings the introduction of the turbodiesel 3.0L LM2 inline six-cylinder to the lineup as a no-cost option, marking the first diesel engine offered with the Cadillac Escalade nameplate. Standard spec includes the naturally aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 gas-powered engine. The GM 10-speed automatic provides the cog swaps, feeding either a rear-wheel or four-wheel drivetrain.
In addition to the usual high-end luxury appointment inside the cabin, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will also offer Super Cruise, GM’s hands-free driver assistance technology for easy highway cruising. To note, Super Cruise is not immediately available with the new Escalade.
Outside, we find the new Escalade draped in the brand’s latest design language, with horizontal primary headlamps and vertical signature lights in the redesigned front fascia, and characteristic vertical tail lamps in the rear.
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