The 2021 Cadillac Escalade made its big debut back in February, dropping cover on a ground-up overhaul for the iconic luxury SUV nameplate. Now in its latest fifth generation, the new Escalade arrives with a long list of features and cutting-edge technology, including GM Super Cruise, the automaker’s semi-autonomous driver assistance system. And while Super Cruise is great for long-distance highway travel, Cadillac is warning that it should not be engaged when towing with the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
Per the new 2021 Cadillac Escalade owner’s manual, use of Super Cruise is limited by the driving conditions, as outlined on page 283.
According to the manual, Super Cruise should not be engaged when driving the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in construction zones, when approaching or exiting toll plazas, when approaching an intersection, in adverse weather, or on slippery roads. Critically, the manual also outlines that the driver assist system should not be engaged “when towing a trailer.”
Check out the full list of Super Cruise warnings from the 2021 Cadillac Escalade owner’s manual below:
Given the enormous complexity of the GM Super Cruise system, it makes sense that it should remain off when towing with the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. That said, General Motors will offer a version of the system designed to handle towing with the 2022 GMC Sierra and 2022 Chevy Silverado pickups, both of which are slated to launch in the latter half of the 2021 calendar year. For now, it’s unclear if the towing-compatible Super Cruise system will also be offered on the Escalade sometime in the future.
As a reminder, GM’s Super Cruise system allows the driver to remove their hands from the steering wheel while traveling on compatible highways in the U.S, Canada, and China. The system debuted with the 2018 Cadillac CT6, but has since been extended to the 2021 Cadillac CT4, the 2021 Cadillac CT5, and the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
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