It’s a vehicle that has become a staple item in films and music video clips. The Cadillac Escalade has been used as a prop for two decades plus, yet underneath the glitz and glamour is a vehicle of true luxury. 2021’s forthcoming model with two models and five trim levels (Escalade and Escalade ESV, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum Luxury, Sport, and Platinum Sport), due for release in North America in the third quarter of 2020, brings some potent technology as well.
OLED, or Organic Light-Emitting Diodes, is a form of tech found in smartphones, tablet computers, and home television screens. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade brings this technology to the inside and in an industry first. There are 38 inches of screen size and it’s curved. Somehow, too, they’ve managed to make it an 8K display, with twice the pixel density of a consumer 4K TV. OLED screens allow for paper-thin displays and this means weight savings too.
There are three screens: a touch-capable 7.2-inch screen for information which is housed to the driver’s left, a driver’s information screen directly ahead and at 14.2 inches, plus an infotainment screen to the right at a whopping 16.9 inches. And by using this type of screen technology, Cadillac has been able to do away with the traditional design of a hood over the screen.
Cadillac’s future vision comes in today with some unique concepts. Augmented Reality is one such application. More commonly found in smartphones, the navigation system for the Escalade has AR, providing live street views combined with items such as directional overlays. A 360-degree camera system, Surround Vision, provides a clear all-round vision for the driver. There is also a Reverse Camera linked to the rear vision mirror. Extra forward-looking safety comes from infra-red red technology allowing the driver to have a clearer view at night.
The passengers aren’t ignored either. There is a pair of 12.6-inch-diagonal independent touch displays for them, with streaming capability for music and games, plus a facility to send to the driver suggestions for destinations. handy for when the children feel like icecream. There are also USB and HDMI inputs.
Many radio types swear by the brand AKG. Cadillac has entered into a partnership with the premium brand and the Escalade will offer two choices. There is available the standard AKG Studio system which includes 19 speakers and a large enclosed subwoofer, powered by a 14-channel amplifier. Or, tick the options box and go for a home cinema style sound experience.
The AKG Studio Reference system offers 36 speakers powered by three amplifiers that deliver 28 channels for a crisp and immersive sound stage. AKG’s Studio 3D Surround brings with it an experience like no other inside a luxury automobile, with strategically placed speakers finely tuned to deliver sound like being with the artist in the recording studio. Additional speakers in the headliner help create a 360-degree immersive listening experience.
A form of autonomous driving is in the 2021 Escalade. Super Cruise allows for hands-free driving on over 200,000 miles of roads, preloaded into the navigation system. LiDAR map information, pinpoint GPS navigation, radar sensors and cameras will allow drivers in the United States and Canada to enjoy this futuristic technology.
There is an automated lance change system as well. This allows the driver to use the turn signal indicator to perform a single lane change. A driver alert and attention system are on board for safety, as is a Dynamic Lane Offset feature, moving the Escalade slightly from the centerline to allow for another vehicle to overtake with extra space.
A redesigned chassis has provided that ultimate signal of luxury: interior room. The third-row room is up by 40% to 34.9 inches (36.7 inches in ESV), with the rear cargo section up to 25.5 cubic feet or 722 liters. This is thanks to a redesigned independent rear suspension for a lower floor, and a lengthening of the wheelbase.
The Escalade ESV goes to 134.1 inches, with the standard version to 120.9 inches. Ride quality is upped in conjunction, with an e-LSD, or electronic Limited Slip Differential. The electronic side brings a quicker response to road changes making for more precise handling. Its infinitely variable clutch engagement delivers torque to the wheel with the most traction, including cornering and wet weather conditions.
Escalade has, as standard, a Magnetic Ride Control system, using sensors to read wheel travel and adjust instantly. There will be, as an option, an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension. It will work hand-in-hand with MRC and provide automatic load leveling and ride height adjustments. Highway cruising sees the Escalade lower for better aero and a driver selection system to allow better ingress and egress. This drops the car by 2 inches. If taking the vehicle off-road, the air suspension can raise the body for better clearance.
The heartbeat of the Escalade is a new 6.2L V8 as standard. 420 horsepower comes with it, along with Dynamic Fuel Management which shuts down four cylinders when cruising. And now for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be a 277hp diesel. The new option is 3.0L in capacity and is better suited for long-distance travel or towing thanks to 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of peak torque at a lower rev point than the petrol V8. A ten-speed auto is standard for both engines. For those that do tow, Cadillac’s Trailering Integration Package will be available.
Cadillac dealers across the United States and Canada are ready to receive inquiries, advise of pricing, and pre-ordering details now.