The 2021 Cadillac Escalade introduces a brand-new fifth generation for the iconic luxury nameplate, overhauling the SUV from tip to tail. That includes fresh exterior styling with a brand-new front fascia design. Now, we’re getting a close-up, detailed look at the latest Escalade’s headlights thanks to the GM Design team.
As recently posted to the official GM Design Instagram feed (@generalmotorsdesign), the images show us the inner workings of the new Cadillac Escalade’s headlights. The lighting consists of two separate elements, positioned horizontally inside the headlight housing in a wide, narrow layout.
The lighting elements are surrounded by polished silver components, the bottom of which is engraved with the Cadillac logo – a nice, subtle touch for those that like to pay attention to the details. The corner marker of the headlight continues the look with graphics that add even more fine details to the mix.
The side markers continue down the sides of the front fascia with long vertical signature lighting, which enhance the visual height of the fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade and accent the crest-like grille design.
By contrast, the preceding fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade had much blockier headlights, as well as L-shaped lower lighting elements that tied in with the lower intake section of the front bumper. Interestingly, some of the commenters on the GM Design Instagram post say they prefer the older-style headlights to the newer-style headlights.
As for the bits under the skin, the fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade is available with two engine options, including the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax, rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both engine options mate the GM Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission.
The latest fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade rides on the T1 platform, and features an all-new Independent Rear Suspension. Tech features include a curved, 38-inch OLED infotainment display, as well as available Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system.
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