The 2021 Cadillac Escalade and 2022 Cadillac Escalade hail from the luxury SUV’s latest fifth generation, which was introduced for the 2021 model year with a long list of cutting-edge tech features. Among these is the addition of GM Super Cruise, the automaker’s semi-autonomous driver assist system. Now, customers that own a Cadillac Escalade equipped with Super Cruise will soon be eligible to receive a new Super Cruise trailering feature via an upcoming over-the-air update.
For those readers who may be unaware, GM Super Cruise technology was first introduced with Cadillac CT6 sedan, and provides drivers with a truly hands-free driving experience during extended highway stints with automated acceleration and steering. However, the driver must remain engaged with the driving task and monitor the driving environment in the event that he or she must retake the wheel.
The GM Super Cruise feature is available for activation on 200,000 miles of North American highways. Now, GM has developed the technology to include a trailering feature for hands-free driving while towing. The feature will be added in an over-the-air update for eligible Cadillac Escalade vehicles, per a recent announcement from Cadillac. In addition, the update will also include the Automatic Lane Change feature.
“With Automatic Lane Change enabled, Super Cruise can indicate when a lane change is optimal and initiate the maneuver, while following signaling protocols,” Cadillac states. “Trailering allows the driver the opportunity to pull a trailer, camper and more while driving hands-free. Your commute will never be the same.”
Notably, the update is possible thanks to GM’s latest Global B electronic architecture. As GM Authority covered early in 2020, the benefits of the Global B underpinnings are many, including more efficient communication among onboard systems, additional processing power, improved user experience, and, as already mention, over-the-air software updates.
As for what’s under the hood, the latest fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade is available with two engine options, including the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine and the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax. Under the body panels is the GM T1 platform, while production takes place at the GM Arlington plant in Texas.