- The promise of better ride quality (stay tuned)
- Brilliant SuperCruise adaptive cruise control
- Strong V-8 engine
- Bigger than it's ever been
- No hybrid or electric version (yet)
Cadillac Escalade Expert Review
- New fifth-gen Escalade for the 2021 model year
- Independent rear suspension
- Updated 6.2-liter V-8
- Large grille with design language shared with the CT4 and CT5 sedans
- 38-inch curved OLED display
- Console-mounted shifter replaces truck-like column mounted shifter
- SuperCruise semi-autonomous driving
"[The new 2021 Cadillac Escalade is] kind of in a class all to itself,"?General Motors CEO Mary Barra told us, "and that's why I'm so excited for people to see how we've taken Escalade to the next level."
An increased focus on technology and the new car's next-gen styling could make the Escalade an even more significant vehicle for parent company GM than it already is.
We're looking forward to experiencing the ride and handling benefits of the new model's independent rear suspension and seeing exactly how much information Cadillac can display on that 38.0-inch screen.
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The fifth-gen Escalade is powered by an updated version of the old SUV's 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8. No word on acceleration or fuel economy numbers yet, but figure Cadillac will aim to improve on the outgoing model's 6.1-second 0-60 time and 14/21-23 mpg city/highway.
Although we don't yet have details from Cadillac about the utility of the new Escalade, we do know the switch to an independent rear suspension should open up more room for people and cargo. That packaging may also allow for a flat floor in the cargo area.
It's also safe to assume the Escalade will return in two sizes—a standard model and a long-wheelbase Escalade ESV. Like the outgoing truck, the ESV will offer more legroom in the third row and more cargo capacity behind those third row seats.
The incorporation of Cadillac's SuperCruise semi-autonomous driving system and a 38.0-inch curved OLED display up front are sure to establish the fifth-gen Escalade as a tech powerhouse. But how well will the tech work? We'll let you know as soon as we have a chance to drive a 2021 Escalade.