The fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade was introduced for the 2021 model year, arriving with a long list of upgrades and changes that infuse the luxury SUV with a variety of cutting-edge technology. Now, that impressive tech focus has been recognized with a Wards 10 Best UX award.
The outlet was particularly impressed by the Cadillac Escalade’s new curved OLED infotainment display. The latter is essentially three screens in one, incorporating a 7.2-inch touch control information center to the left of the driver, a 14.2-inch cluster display in front of the driver, and a 16.9-inch infotainment touchscreen to the right of the driver. Put it all together, and you get a massive 38 inches of screen real estate, with the OLED technology providing twice the pixel density of a 4K television.
Wards Auto was also impressed with the native navigation system onboard the latest Cadillac Escalade, which provided accurate voice commands and a wealth of relevant information on demand. The system also incorporates other helpful features, such as augmented reality navigation directions that overlay the directions onto a real-time view of the street.
Parking the Cadillac Escalade SUV is eased thanks to the inclusion of the standard Surround Vision feature, which leverages four exterior cameras to stitch together a real-time bird’s-eye view around the vehicle, making it easier to avoid obstacles. There’s also a trailering package that expands the around-vehicle camera count to nine, plus a Night Vision mode that leverages infrared technology to identify potential hazards in the dark, such as large animals and pedestrians.
The good stuff continues into the rear seat, where passengers enjoy two 12.6-inch screens and a wealth of options for entertainment streaming via HDMI and USB hook-ups, as well as phone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Finally, the Cadillac Escalade now offers the GM Super Cruise feature, providing hands-free driving on select stretches of highway throughout North America.
Looking ahead, the winning design teams will receive their trophies next month during Automotive TechWeek.
Source: Wards Auto