The arrival of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade heralds an all-new fifth generation for the nameplate, with a ground-up redesign that includes the new GM T1 platform, independent rear suspension, the new 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine option, and the very latest tech features. What’s more, the new Escalade brings with it a brand-new design befitting of the luxury nameplate. Now, we’re getting a look at some of the design sketches behind the SUV’s styling evolution.
Posted to the official General Motors Design Instagram account, @generalmotorsdesign, the sketches were created by Cadillac Exterior Designer Andrew McMillan. The new post includes a variety of Cadillac Escalade design ideas, with emotional lines that urge the luxury SUV in a more futuristic and geometric direction – just like the latest fifth-generation model.
Gauging by these sketches, it’s clear that General Motors wanted to take the new Cadillac Escalade in a bold new direction, with chiseled features that are a clear progression from the preceding model’s aesthetic. The wheels are big and the stance is high, with the Cadillac badge proudly displayed in a shield-like front grille. The window line is also quite low in these concept sketches, giving the Cadillac Escalade design an aggressive appearance.
While the final production version of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade isn’t exactly a carbon copy of the sketches seen here, the inspiration is more than obvious.
As a reminder, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade also comes with an all-new interior design highlighted by a 38-inch curved OLED display mounted on top of the dash. In addition to the optional LM2 diesel engine already mentioned, the latest Escalade comes standard with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87. Both engines pair with the GM Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. Production takes place at the GM Arlington plant in Arlington, Texas.
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