The Cadillac Escalade is one of the large SUVs coming from the United States. Cadillac unveiled the 2021 Escalade at an event in Los Angeles recently. It was said that the next generation Escalade ESV will be formally debuted in April of this year at the New York Auto Show in April.
The in-thing in the current generation of large SUVs is increase in length and the Cadillac Escalade ESV has also added some length which translates to an SUV of 226.9 inches length. This implies that it is 15.9 inches longer than the standard Escalade and even 5 inches longer than the Lincoln Navigator L which also got stretched recently. This provides for more interior room and also more leg room for the third row occupants. It also comes with the first curved OLED screen which you can have customized to suit you.it is actually 3 major screens integrated into your dash; a cluster screen, infotainment display and a control panel. It is also gives twice the pixel density of a 4K TV.
It also comes with an hands-free driving assistant for compatible highways. One of the techs exclusive to the Escalade is the new AKG audio technology which delivers a professional studio sound. It comes with 36 speakers all over the interior of the car at different levels including the head rests. A true 360 degree listening experience is the aim here. You are offered 8 combinations of interior options and 4 unique seat settings with varied perforation patterns and stitching.
It is generally expected that the ESV will get the same 2 powertrain option that are available in other Escalade models. There will be the 6.2L, 420hp, 460lb-ft torque, V8 engine and an option of the diesel powered SUV with a 3.0L, inline-6 cylinder engine which will deliver 277hp and 460lb-ft of torque as the petrol powered engine and they will both run on the same 10-speed automatic transmission system. We expect that the petrol powered option will be faster than the diesel but since they have the same torque output and less weight to the diesel powered option, we really would want to find out which one gets to 100km/hr from zero quicker.
The Escalade will share platforms in this 5th generation with the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe as well as the GMC Yukon as usual. The suspension system comes with what is known as the Magnetorheological dampers for the suspension system although the base trim will not be a beneficiary of this new suspension system. There is a set of height-adjustable air springs concept which was shown in 2016 is showing up in the Escalade. All of General Motors’ large SUVs will be taking on a new independent rear suspension which replaces the old truck’s life axle. This is to ensure more refined ride. This will also create more space for the rear seat occupants.
The 2021 Escalade has 5 trims; the Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum. Other options include the AKG 19-speaker studio sound, 22 inch 14 spoke alloy wheels with bright shiny silver finish, HD surround vision, pedestrian alert and braking, super cruise driver assistance feature, rear camera mirror with remote wash, driver awareness plus with rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert with side blind spot alert and lane keep assist and departure warning. The Sport trim also has its own options like the unique sport styling gloss black grille, accents and body moulding, electronic limited slip differential, magnetic ride control and a 22-inch 12 spoke polished alloy wheels with dark Android finish.
It is not a surprise that GM’s Escalade will be having all these luxury options and we really can’t wait to explore them come the fall of 2020. There is so much left to the imaginations as at now but we should get more details by the time the vehicle is really open to the public.