Earlier this year, a 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV test prototype was seen driving around with a blue Cadillac crest. At the time, we wondered why General Motors decided to stick a blue color crest on the back of this particular 2021 Escalade ESV test vehicle and we’re happy to report that we now have an answer.
According to GM Authority sources familiar with the development of the fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade, the blue Cadillac crest was simply a regular badge that had been covered with some blue tape. At the time these photos were taken, the 2021 Escalade had not been officially revealed, so the engineers decided to apply some mild camouflage to the vehicle’s emblem in the form blue tape, covering over small sections of the multi-colored Cadillac badge.
It’s worth noting the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be offered with monochromatic badges thanks to the Onyx Package. This appearance package will also add a gloss black Escalade nameplate and 22-inch, 12-spoke High Gloss Black finish alloy wheels to the full-size luxury SUV.
The 2021 Escalade ESV prototype in question was spotted driving on Michigan streets roughly one week after the debut of the standard length Escalade. GM had originally intended to debut the longer Escalade ESV model at the 2020 New York International Auto Show in early April, but the show was pushed back until August due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has since been completely canceled. At the time, the photos of this prototype gave us our best look yet at how the fifth-gen Cadillac Escalade would look in the more spacious ESV format.
Photos of the 2021 Escalade ESV were officially published by GM in late April. The vehicle has a 134.1-inch wheelbase and 226.9-inch overall length, much longer than the standard Escalade’s 120.9-inch wheelbase and 211-inch overall length. It also boasts over 142 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, an increase of 18.1 percent over the previous generation, and boasts the most cargo volume of any vehicle in its class.
Pricing for the 2021 Escalade will start at at $77,490 in the United States including destination, while the extended-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade ESV will be priced from $80,490.
This story was written in collaboration with our sister site, Cadillac Society.