It’s no secret that the whole GM SUV lineup is in the redesign process. Chevy and GMC models are almost ready for launch, while the 2021 Cadillac Escalade redesign is on its way as well. The engineers are quite steady with this model, considering that it has to compete with the excellent Lincoln Navigator. Therefore, the new model won’t hit the market before the second half of the next year. We count on a full batch of novelties.
Of course, there’s a new platform, while we are also counting on a completely new aesthetics. Besides these typical upgrades, we expect from the new model to come with a lot of new technologies that will help it stand out. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is independent rear suspension, but we also count on Cadillac’s semi-autonomous driving system as well. Finally, we expect to see interesting novelties under the hood.
2021 Cadillac Escalade Redesign
As you can see in the previous paragraph, expectations from the new model are huge. The next-generation model will have some pretty amazing models to compete with, so engineers have no right for mistakes. The first thing we should mention about this redesign is the platform. Of course, things are pretty familiar here. The new 2021 Cadillac Escalade will ride on GM’s new T1 platform, which already debuted in models like Chevy Silverado. Compared to the outgoing model, the new one will be lighter, thanks to the massive use of lightweight materials.
We expect around 300 pounds of weight savings. However, that won’t be the only benefit of a new architecture. We count on significantly improved driving experience, better efficiency and a higher level of comfort. Speaking of comfort, an independent rear suspension should be a standard feature in the new model and it will have a huge impact on the ride quality.
Big changes are expected in terms of aesthetics as well. The testing model has been spotted but not much can be said about the look of the new model, considering that the test mule still wears a complete camouflage. Still, we can make some predictions about the new model. Everyone expects to see a design language that is based on the recent Escala concept. Therefore, we have no doubt that the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will feature a familiar shield-like grille, something that already became the brand’s trademark.
On the other side, headlights will feature a little bit different design compared to the crossover lineup. We count on a little bit more conventional shape and overall approach. The whole body is about to come with a little bit less sharpness compared to the current model. We count on two versions in the offer. Besides standard versions, a long-wheelbase 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV is about to come as well.
Of course, a completely new cabin is about to come as well. Although the current model already features a pretty amazing interior quality, the new Navigator has set some completely new standards, so we expect from the 2021 Cadillac Escalade to come with big improvements in terms of materials’ quality. Of course, a new dashboard is about to come as well. Still, there is another bigger issue with the current model and it refers to the legroom in rear seats. We expect from GM engineers to solve this problem and to offer more space, particularly in the third row.
Upgrades and updates in terms of technology are expected as well. Of course, things like a new infotainment system and various connectivity novelties seem certain, but we count on a lot of novelties in terms of advanced safety systems as well. This would include Cadillac Super Cruise as well, which is one of the most advanced semi-autonomous driving systems in the industry today. Standard or optional feature, it will be one of the biggest trumps of the new model.
2021 Cadillac Escalade Engines
The current model comes with a large 6.2-liter V8, which is good for about 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Most likely, the engine will carry on, as the base options. On the other side, higher trim should be equipped with Caddilac’s new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8. The exact details are still unavailable, but we count on a max output of around 500 horsepower, if not more. In any case, this engine seems like a perfect response to Navigator’s efficient V6 unit. When it comes to transmission, both engines will come in pair with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
2021 Cadillac Escalade Release Date and Price
At this point, the best we can say about 2021 Cadillac Escalade release date is that it should arrive in the second half of the next year. When it comes to the price, base models will probably go around 80.000 dollars. Lincoln Navigator is the key rival, but there are also models like Mercedes-Benz GLS, Toyota Land Cruiser, Range Rover etc.