General Motors introduced the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in February during a special debut event in Hollywood, California. Redesigned and reengineered from the ground up as an all-new fifth-generation model, customers are no doubt eager to get the new luxury SUV into their driveway. As it just so happens, those customers won’t have to wait too much longer, with regular 2021 Cadillac Escalade production set to commence very soon, as indicated by a recent report from our sister publication, Cadillac Society.
Per the recent Cadillac Society report, the first examples of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade have already rolled off the line at GM’s production facility in Arlington, Texas. However, these first units are intended only for demonstration, training, and final testing purposes, with regular 2021 Cadillac Escalade production (including units for customers) set to commence at a later date.
According to Cadillac’s head of global brand strategy, Phil Dauchy, who spoke to Cadillac Society in a recent interview, regular 2021 Cadillac Escalade production is due to begin “late Q3 and possibly Q4,” which means the first customer-bound units could roll off the line as soon as the September timeframe.
Unfortunately for those customers looking to get the latest Escalade with the new 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine under the hood, those models will see late availability, hitting production approximately 12 weeks after the start of regular 2021 Cadillac Escalade production. The Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system will also see late availability.
As a reminder, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is offered in two body styles, including a standard-length model, and the extended-length Escalade ESV. In addition to a new exterior and interior design, the latter of which is highlighted by a 38-inch curved OLED display, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade also features a new platform, namely the GM T1 architecture, which houses an independent-rear-suspension setup.
Further standout features include available Magnetic Ride Control with Adaptive Air Ride Suspension. The optional LM2 diesel engine mentioned above joins the standard atmospheric 6.2L V8 L87 in the powertrain lineup.
This post was created in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.