The 2021 Escalade is stuffed head to toe with new features and updates, bringing the luxury icon into a brand-new fifth generation. There’s plenty to say about the new Cadillac Escalade, and now, we’re picking out the SUV’s top five new features with the following GM Authority list.
Thanks to a complete ground-up overhaul, the 2021 Escalade rocks a number of important mechanical upgrades, including the addition of a new independent rear suspension. This sophisticated setup offers myriad benefits to the ride quality and vehicle handling, but also provides more space inside the cabin (more on that shortly).
What’s more, the 2021 Escalade now offers the turbodiesel 3.0L I-6 LM2 Duramax powerplant, which joins the lineup as a no-cost option with improved fuel mileage over the standard naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87.
More Space Inside
Luxury SUVs like the 2021 Escalade are all about cabin room, and Caddy’s newest utility is no different. As we’ve covered in our previous Dimensional Comparison pieces, the standard-length Escalade offers an extra 2.7 inches of second-row legroom and 10.1 inches of third-row legroom when compared to the previous generation. Cargo room is also up, with an extra 14.9 cubic-feet behind the first row, an extra 11.4 cubic-feet behind the second row, and an extra 10.3 cubic-feet behind the third row.
Meanwhile, the extended-length Cadillac ESV boasts an extra 2.1 inches of third-row legroom and an extra 2 inches of second-row legroom compared to the previous generation. Cargo room increases by 21.9 cubic-feet behind the first row, 17.4 cubic-feet behind the second row, and 2.2 cubic-feet behind the third row.
Massive Digital Display
The 2021 Escalade comes with a fresh cabin design that’s dominated by a massive high-resolution curved digital display on top of the dash. The display measures in at an eye-popping 38 inches, and features organic LED technology with twice the pixel density of a 4K television.
The display is actually comprised of three individual screens, including a 14.2-inch diagonal gauge cluster, a 7.2-inch touch control driver information display, and a 16.9-inch diagonal infotainment screen. It also gets a cool little Cadillac crest that lights up when the owner approaches the vehicle with the key fob at night.
Revised Trim Level Structure
The 2021 Escalade conforms to Cadillac’s Y trim level strategy, starting with the base-level Luxury, and branching off into the cushier Premium Luxury and performance-flavored Sport, thus giving buyers a chance to get the look they want without mucking about with packages.
Speaking of which, the high-end Platinum trim level from the previous-gen Escalade is now offered as a package, which means customers can pair the high-end Platinum features with either the Premium Luxury or the Sport, as desired.
GM’s Super Cruise driver assist technology is now offered on the 2021 Escalade, adding yet another level of convenience with semi-autonomous hands-free highway driving. To note, Super Cruise will see late availability with the new Escalade.
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