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2021 Cadillac Escalade Unleashed (Photos)

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BOOM, it arrived like an atomic bomb. It’s the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. The expectations were very high regarding this luxury SUV and now the general public can now get a feel. Introduced over 20 years ago, the Escalade went from a rebadged GMC Yukon Denali to an American status symbol embraced by everyone from rappers to business executives. However, the SUV has lost some of its lusters as other luxury brands have slowly entered the segment. Can the 2021 Escalade reclaim its crown? let’s find out.

Looks





From looks, the Escalade has a familiar style that we can easily recognize. The exterior cues are definitely from the smaller XT6 and we are not surprised because it’s their design language. The SUV is bigger and larger than the previous model and its with good measure because it makes it roomier inside. Like generations before it, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is still based on the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe SUVs. New for 2021 is an available Air Ride Adaptive Suspension which allows for automatic load-leveling and automatic ride height adjustments

Inside

A 7.2-inch touch screen left of the steering wheel is the driver information center. Behind the wheel is a 14.2-inch display for instruments and other vital driving information. Moving to the right is the big 16.9-inch infotainment screen. The Escalade features navigation enhanced with augmented reality. It uses cameras to display real-time images of streets on the screen with various directional overlays to show the driver exactly where to go. Cadillac’s flagship SUV will include Super Cruise for the first time, which now includes automatic lane change technology.

As announced earlier this year, Cadillac’s semi-autonomous driving system will be available on the Escalade. It allows for “hands-free driving” on more than 200,000 miles (321,869 km) of highways.





Under The Hood/Transmission

It’s no coincidence that the engine variant of the Escalade is what we have seen before. The GM produced 6.2 liter V8 with an output of 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque. The V8 will make use of GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management cylinder-­deactivation system. The Escalade also will be available with a diesel engine for the first time. The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine which will produce 277-hp and 460 pound-feet of torque will come a few months after the vehicle’s launch. All Escalades will have a 10-speed automatic transmission seen in the GM’s lineup.

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