Last month, GM Authority published exclusive photos of a 2021 Cadillac Escalade Sport fitted with the optional Onyx Package. Unfortunately, GM/Cadillac are currently not able to supply the Onyx Package because it includes 22-inch 12-spoke Gloss Black alloy wheels, which are not available due to a supply issue.
Therefore, it seems appropriate to show you a new live photo gallery of a Cadillac Escalade Sport without the Onyx Package, since its is possible to buy the vehicle seen here at present. Like the one shown in our previous gallery, this one is painted Black Raven, but the extra black items included in the Onyx Package are obviously not present here.
One difference is immediately apparent at the extreme front of the vehicle. As standard, the Cadillac Escalade has an emblem on the front grille with the usual red, yellow and blue accents. This contrasts strongly with the monochrome badge that’s part of the Onyx Package.
The vehicle shown here wears the 22-inch 12-spoke polished wheels with Dark Android finish (RPO code SMD), which are standard on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade Sport and 2021 Escalade Sport Platinum. These 22-inch wheels are not impacted by the same availability issues as the 22-inch, 12-spoke Gloss Black alloy wheels that are part of the Onyx package.
Since the wheels have dark accents, they offer somewhat of a contrast to the Black Raven paintwork. Those who would normally order the Onyx Package are likely trying to avoid having such a contrast on their vehicles, unless they opt for a body color that’s not black.
More contrasts are evident at the rear, where once again the Cadillac emblem is shown with its traditional colors, rather than in monochrome.
This vehicle also has the standard Escalade nameplate and 600 badging. By comparison, both items are Gloss Black in the Onyx Package. The 600 badge shows that this Cadillac Escalade Sport is fitted with the naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The Escalade Diesel recently started production with the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax engine, which is rated at 277 horsepower and the same 460 pound-feet of torque.
For those wondering, the 600 figure represents the torque output in Newton meters, rounded to the nearest 50 (the actual figure is 623 Nm). Meanwhile, the Escalade diesel wear a 600D badge, to denote its diesel heart.
Although it is not visible from exterior photos taken in daylight, the Escalade Sport shown here also lacks the Premium carpeted floor mats and illuminated Cadillac Crest puddle lamps which are also part of the Onyx Package.
As GM Authority was the first to reveal in January, all LPO (dealer-installed) 22-inch GM wheels are unavailable to order, due to constraints in the supply chain. We subsequently explained that this is not a production issue, but a case of imported wheels waiting to clear customs in Los Angeles after being shipped across the Pacific Ocean from China. The Onyx Package will remain unavailable until this issue is resolved (though we’re now hearing that GM is attempting to circumvent the issue by getting the wheels across the sea by air).
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade represents the first model year of the all-new, fifth generation. It is priced to start at $77,490 (including $1,295 destination charge) for the base Luxury trim level model with rear-wheel-drive and either of the two engines mentioned previously. The extended-wheelbase 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV is 15 inches longer overall than the regular model, at 226.9 inches. It is priced to start at $80,490 (including the aforementioned $1,295 destination charge).
The Sport Platinum is the range-topping trim of the Sport branch of Cadillac’s Y trim level hierarchy. Though the Platinum model doesn’t manifest itself on the exterior, it does add heaps of additional features and equipment inside the full-size luxury SUV, including:
- Full Semi-Aniline leather seats
- Leather-wrapped instrument panel, console and upper door trim
- Sueded microfiber headliner and door pillar trim
- 16-way power driver and front-passenger heated and ventilated seats with lumbar and massage function
- AKG Studio Reference 36-speaker sound system
- Air Ride Adaptive Suspension
- Rear Seat Entertainment system
- Adaptive Cruise Control
The 2021 Escalade Sport Platinum starts at $101,290.