While GM Authority’s sharp-eyed spy photographers had previously caught the 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV out testing on public streets completely free of camouflage, these are the first official photos GM has released of the elongated luxury SUV. Of the models seen here, only the blue model is the Escalade ESV; the gray model is the regular-length Escalade.
Like the standard 2021 Cadillac Escalade, the ESV adheres to Cadillac’s Y-trim level strategy and will be offered in Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels. The blue model seen here is coated in Dark Moon Blue Metallic. Being a Premium Luxury model, it features a bright Galvano chrome grille, shiny chrome exterior trim and more ornate 14-spoke 22-inch wheels with a polished finish.
Meanwhile, the gray (Satin Steel Metallic) Escalade pictured alongside the blue Escalade ESV is the regular-length model in the Spot trim level, as evidenced by its black exterior trim, black mesh grille, and darker 22-inch alloy wheels.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV offers more interior room thanks to its larger footprint. The 2021 Escalade ESV has a 134.1-inch wheelbase and 226.9-inch overall length, as compared to the 120.9-inch wheelbase and 211-inch overall length of the regular-length 2021 Escalade. It also boasts over 142 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, an increase of 18.1 percent over the previous generation, giving it the most cargo volume of any vehicle in its class.
Pricing for the base 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV will start at $80,490 in the United States, including $1,295 in destination freight charges. Customers will have the option to add the Platinum Package to the vehicle for a price premium, which is available on either the Premium Luxury or Sport trim levels. The package will not be offered with the base-level Luxury trim.
As we reported previously the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gas engine will come standard on the Escalade and Escalade ESV, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel, good for 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, will be offered as a no-cost option. Both engines will mate with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission.