We’ll be cruising around in the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade for the next few days. More specifically, our tester is the Premium Luxury Platinum model.
Under the hood, the atmospheric 6.2L L87 V8 comes standard, producing 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel, while the Duramax turbo-diesel 3.0L LM2 I-6 is a no-cost option (that’s now finally in production); the diesel makes 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission, which feeds power to the rear wheels, or all four wheels as an option.
Following Cadillac’s Y trim level strategy, the Escalade is offered in base Luxury trim, above which slots Premium Luxury and Sport trims. Moving one rung up the ladder are the range-topping Premium Luxury Platinum (ours) and Sport Platinum models. While the Premium Lux boasts a more classic appearance with Galvano satin exterior trim, the Sport opts for a more modern, monochrome look with gloss black body accents and a black mesh grille.
Platinum models add high-level features such as sumptuous Opus semi-aniline leather upholstery, 16-way power-adjustable front seats with massage function, a 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference surround sound system, soft-close doors, Magnetic Ride Control, a four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and much more.
Pricing starts at $77,490 for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in Luxury trim, destination freight charge included, while the Premium Luxury and Sport variants carry an $84,290 starting price. The two Platinum editions are both listed from $101,290. The long-wheelbase Escalade ESV costs an additional $3,000 in all cases.
Our tester is coated with the optional Crystal White Tricoat paint ($1,225) while its cabin is dressed up in the Whisper Beige with Gideon accents color scheme. Other options include four-wheel drive ($3,000), Power-retractable Assist Steps with LED Perimeter Lighting ($1,750), Night Vision ($2,000) and a front center console refrigerator ($700), for a grand total of $109,965. While that may sound steep, customers don’t seem too bothered with that, as more than 40 percent of 2021 Escalade buyers are paying more than $100K for the SUV.
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