Once the countdown reaches zero, dealers will be able to place orders for inventory, as well as place sold retail orders for customers. The countdown is for both the standard-length 2021 Cadillac Escalade, as well as the extended-length Escalade ESV.
GM Authority has learned that the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is currently on track for a late summer release, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the virus has resulted in numerous delays for various GM products, including the debut of the GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Lyriq crossover, Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing sedans, and the 2021 model year refresh for the Chevrolet Equinox.
As we’ve covered previously, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be offered in eight exterior colors, only one of which, namely Black Raven, will be offered at no extra charge. The other colors, including Crystal White Tricoat, Satin Steel Metallic, Shadow Metallic, Sandstone Metallic, Dark Moon Blue Metallic, Dark Mocha Metallic, and Infrared Tintcoat, will require extra outlay.
Two engines will be offered, including the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline unit as standard, which will be tuned to deliver 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. Customers will also have access to the turbodiesel 3.0L I6 LM2, which will be tuned to deliver 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be the first model in the nameplate’s history to offer a diesel engine option. The new diesel powerplant will be a no-cost option, and will deliver “significant” fuel economy gains over the standard gas-powered V8.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will also offer soft-close doors on Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels.