General Motors debuted the overhauled (re-engineered and redesigned) 2021 Cadillac Escalade in February, introducing a brand-new fifth generation for the iconic luxury nameplate. Now, according to GM North America president and former Cadillac president Steve Carlisle, there is plenty of interest in the new 2021 Escalade, with more than 6,000 orders placed thus far in the United States.
Carlisle made the comments to media during a recent conference call attended by GM Authority.
“Interest continues to be high,” Carlisle said during the call.
The 2021 Escalade will go into production in the near-term future. The online configurator went live last month.
The high customer interest is well-justified considering the swath of new features, equipment, and technology on offer. In addition to a brand-new interior with significantly more interior and cargo space, the 2021 Escalade features an all-new exterior design with Cadillac’s latest design language. 22-inch wheels are standard, as is vertical rear lighting signatures that pay homage to previous Escalade models. Both a standard-length model and an extended-length Escalade ESV are offered.
Customers get three trim levels to choose from, including the base-model Luxury, followed by the Premium Luxury and Sport per the brand’s latest Y-trim level strategy. Unique interior and exterior details differentiate the trims, with Luxury and Premium Luxury models featuring bright Galvano finishes, and the Sport with black accents. Further finery is possible via the Platinum Package, which is offered as an available option on Premium Luxury and Sport models.
The cabin space features a new 38-inch curved OLED display, which stretches across the dash to cover not only the primary infotainment duties, but also to serve as the driver information center, and digital gauge cluster.
The 2021 Escalade also features Super Cruise, the brand’s hands-free semi-autonomous driver assist system, which enables drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel during extended highway journeys. Last year, Cadillac added 70,000 miles of available roadways to the system, bringing the grand total up to 200,000 miles.
The 2021 Escalade rides on the GM T1 platform, which allows the vehicle to introduce an independent rear suspension. Two engine options are offered: the naturally-aspirated 6.2L L87 V8, and the 3.0L LM2 I6 turbo-diesel Duramax.
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