The 2021 Cadillac Escalade made its big debut in February of 2020, bringing with it a new platform, a new exterior, new cabin, and gobs of technology that set it apart from other competitors in its class. Among that technology is a new liftgate that offers four ways of being opened and closed, with one of the methods being hands-free.
Opening The Liftgate
- Pressing the Cadillac crest on the trunk (as GM Authority reported earlier this year); this keeps the rear of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade looking clean and uncluttered, while also providing a simple way of operating the rear door.
- Pressing the round button in the middle of the interior overhead console.
- Pressing the liftgate release button on the keyfob twice.
- The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will project the Cadillac crest on the ground once the keyfob is within six feet of the vehicle. Simply kicking the foot through the projected Cadillac logo on the ground opens the liftgate, useful for those times when the driver’s hands are full.
Closing The Liftgate
Closing the liftgate can be accomplished in four similar methods:
- Kick the foot through the projected Cadillac logo again to close the liftgate once it is open.
- Press the button on the liftgate itself.
- Press the button on the overhead console inside the vehicle.
- Press the keyfob button twice.
A visual interpretation of the instructions above can be seen in the below video.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade comes standard with the naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet (623 Nm) of torque. A turbodiesel 3.0L I6 LM2 engine producing 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet (623 Nm) of torque will be available as a no-cost option.
The 2021 Escalade rides on the GM T1 platform, which is shared with some of GM’s next-generation full-size trucks and SUVs, including the Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, and Suburban, as well as the GMC Sierra and Yukon/Yukon XL.
This article was produced in collaboration with our sister publication, Cadillac Society.