There was a time when in the latter part of the 1990s, General Motors slapped a Cadillac grille onto a GMC Yukon, and the rest is history. In 2021, the Cadillac Escalade will mark the fifth generation of the model and this model is a cut above the previous model in terms of style, luxury technology, and style. Incorporating aspects taken from Escala, the Escala concept car that was introduced in 2016. The new Escalade has a visual appeal that is worthy of the price. Two engines are on offer: a familiar 6.2-liter V-8 as well as a new turbo-diesel inline six, both linked to a 10-speed auto transmission. Inside, a set of innovative curving OLED displays transform the dashboard of the Escalade to the digital world, acting for the gauge display and information display all in one sleek unit.
What’s New for 2021?
The 2021 Escalade is undergoing a comprehensive revamp, which includes new rear suspension that is independent as well as savvier technology inside with a sleeker design, as well as an engine that is diesel-powered.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
For a truly luxurious look, deck the Escalade with its finest features choose it with the Premium Luxury Platinum trim. It includes semi-aniline leather as well as 16-way adjustable power-adjustable front seats, soft-close doors, massage as well as the AKG audio system that has 36 speakers. It also comes with an auto-parking feature as well as a head-up display and a cruise control that is adaptive.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Cadillac’s largest vehicle is driven by an 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces around 420 horsepower, and it can shut down the cylinders in half when driving to conserve fuel, or an Turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. A 10-speed auto transmission is available with the two engines. Buyers can choose from either rear- or all-wheel-drive options based on their specific requirements. Similar to its cousins and its siblings, those of Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon, the 2021 Escalade is now riding on an entirely new platform that features an independently-operated rear suspension that will give a more comfortable ride. High-end models also have an air suspension with adjustable dampers that utilize computers-controlled shock absorbers. On our test track this long wheelbase Escalade ESV with the V-8 engine could reach 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. Diesel engines sound more sophisticated than the V-8 however for some buyers, the trade-off is worth the better efficiency of the fuel and lower-end torque.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates of fuel efficiency for 2021’s Escalade are less than those for the model of 2020, at the very least for models that are driven by the 6.2-liter V-8 engine. Models with rear-wheel drive are measured at 15 mpg for city as well as 20 mpg for highway and 17 mpg when combined. adding all-wheel drive lowers each number by 1 milliliter. The model for 2020 was rated that were as high as 23 mpg highway . The Escalade’s primary rival, the Lincoln Navigator has better ratings, too. The turbo-diesel engine is a significant difference and can result in EPA estimates of as high as 21 mpg for city use and 27 mpg on the highway. On our 75-mph highway fuel efficiency test with an all-wheel drive Escalade with the diesel engine produced 26 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
As the flagship model of the Cadillac lineup the 2021 Escalade raises the bar on the inside of the cabin luxurious interiors. The faux leather interior is featured on the standard Luxury trim, however all other trims are equipped with the genuine leather with Platinum models sporting leather-like semi-aniline hides. The door and dash panels are covered in leather as well as aluminum grilles for speakers and adjustable ambient lighting for the interior offer a stylish appearance. As with the predecessor the standard model as well as the long-wheelbase version are available with the latter offers more legroom for third-row drivers and extra storage space for cargo.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Alongside the additional extravagant features inside the interior of the car, Cadillac has completely tricked out the Escalade in the electronic department. The most prominent feature of the dashboard is its digital version, which is composed of three curved OLED displays that stack over each other to give you a staggering 38 inches of digital real estate. Some are used as the gauge cluster for the driver and the remainder displays the CUE information system for both the passenger and driver. The array of displays are like the Mercedes-Benz GLS-class’s massive monolithic infotainment system however, the Escalade’s stacking arrangement creates depth and appears more authentic as the Benz. Other technological features include an augmented reality navigation system, as well as a rear-seat entertainment system that comes with two 12.6-inch displays that have streaming capabilities. Android and Apple CarPlay. Auto integration as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot are also included in the standard. Audiophiles are enjoying a great experience regardless of which Escalade model they pick. Cadillac has teamed up with Grammy-award-winning AKG, a company that makes audio and acoustics AKG to design the Escalade’s standard and optional audio systems. The 19 speaker Studio Sound system is standard on the Luxury, Sport, and Premium Luxury models, but Platinum trims are equipped with an AKG Studio Reference system with an impressive 36 speakers.