The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has been named a semifinalist in the 2021 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards.
The all-new luxury SUV is up for a 2021 North American Utility of the Year award and is up against fourteen other utilities and crossovers for the grand prize. Other luxury vehicles that are in the semifinals include the Land Rover Defender, Genesis GV80 and Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade isn’t the only General Motors product up for a 2021 North American Utility of the Year award. The closely related 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are also in contention, along with the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer subcompact crossover.
In a statement, NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg said many of the models on the semifinalist list “make bold statements that are intended to distinguish them within their segments,” and have either “have groundbreaking designs or off-the-charts capabilities.”
One way the 2021 Cadillac Escalade seeks to make such a “bold statement” is through its 38-inch curved OLED display. The display has twice the pixel density of a 4K television and the largest color range available in the automotive industry, which should impress judges in today’s tech-obsessed world.
Other notable improvements over the previous generation Escalade include the new T1 platform, which features a more refined independent rear suspension setup, and the available Air Ride Adaptive suspension, which combine with the existing Magnetic Ride Control dampers.
The standard engine in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is a 6.2L L87 V8 engine, which is paired with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission. A GM 3.0L LM2 inline-six diesel engine is also available as a no-cost option, which comes with the same 10-speed automatic.
NACTOY says it will now work to select three finalists from each category (Car, Utility, Truck) ahead of an announcement in December. The winners for each category will be announced in January 2021 during an event hosted by the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.