One of the most noteworthy upgrades introduced with the latest fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade is the inclusion of GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system. Unfortunately, the feature won’t be available at the start of production for the 2022 Cadillac Escalade.
Earlier this month, GM Authority reported that the GM Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system would remain an optional feature for the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, rather than included as standard for Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury, Premium Luxury Platinum, Sport, and Sport Platinum trim levels, as was previously communicated to dealers. Instead, it was reported that Super Cruise will remain a free-flow option on each of these trim levels.
Now, however, GM Authority has learned that Super Cruise will not be available at the outset of production for the 2022 Cadillac Escalade. It’s currently unclear when the feature will once again become available for the luxury SUV.
For those readers who may not know, the GM Super Cruise feature allows drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel during extended highway driving on select North American roads, including highways in the U.S. and in Canada. Considered a Level 2 automated system by the NHTSA, Super Cruise incorporates a variety of onboard systems, including visual cameras, LiDar mapping, GPS information, and radar to steer, brake, and accelerate the vehicle.
Initially launched for the 2018 Cadillac CT6, the GM Super Cruise system is now offered on the Cadillac CT5 and Cadillac CT4 luxury sedans, and can be used on 200,000 miles of compatible roads. The system will also be offered for the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2022 GMC Hummer EV, and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500.
The 2022 Cadillac Escalade is the second model year of the latest fifth-generation vehicle, arriving with a few small changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year, including the deletion of Shadow Metallic and Dark Mocha Metallic exterior paint colors, replaced by three new exterior colors, namely Mahogany Metallic, Galactic Gray Metallic, and Wilder Metallic. The 2022 Cadillac Escalade will also add the Buckle To Drive feature, and delete Near Field Communication phone pairing.