2021 Cadillac Escalade improves its appearance, technology and comfort

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Bigger, better and maybe a little softer, this is the totally redesigned Cadillac Escalade.

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GM has completely redesigned its full-size SUVs and body frame. the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, as well as the equivalent of GMC Yukon The models have already been revealed. Now it's Cadillac's turn, with the new Escalade making its debut on Tuesday. Fully revised by 2021, this luxurious luxury ocean liner travels on new bones, presents a dramatically improved interior and offers a lot of innovative technology. This should easily be the best Escalade of all time.

Naturally, he shares a number of important components with his blue-collar brothers, although Cadillac designers have dedicated hours to ensure that this mechanical feature is not obvious. On the outside, the new Escalade is designed with good taste, bold but it could be said that it is more elegant than previous generations. In the front there is a large grill, flanked by angular headlights. At the rear you will find elongated taillights ranging from the roof to the bumper. Between each end there are clean-style sides.

If you have been following what is happening with, for example, the latest Chevrolet Tahoe, many of the novelties here probably will not surprise you, although there are a number of charming features exclusive to the Escalade, many of which are located inside.


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Without a doubt, the most impressive element of this vehicle is the variety of screens on its dashboard. This Cadillac is equipped with three individual screens mounted in an elegant housing that is beautifully integrated into the dashboard. The overall design was taken from Scale concept car that bowed a few years ago.

This curved display of organic light-emitting diodes supposedly provides more than 38 inches of diagonal area with twice the pixel density of a 4K TV. And thanks to its advanced OLED panel, the colors are bright and bright, and the blacks are dark.

To the left of the driver is a 7.2-inch screen. In the middle is a group of 14.2-inch reconfigurable digital instruments. Finally, in the middle of the ship mounted on the board there is a main screen of 16.9 inches. The horizontal design of these screens should mean less driver distraction. Unexpectedly, there are no hoods on these panels. Supposedly, they are not necessary due to the high contrast of OLED, but we will see how true that is in the real world where, you know, there is this thing called glow.

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Look at all the real estate on the screen!

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The rest of the 2021 Escalade cabin is elegantly designed and built with what appear to be top quality materials. In fact, no less than eight interior color and finish combinations will be available. Interestingly, this redesigned SUV is equipped with a ridiculous electronic gearshift that looks like a candy bar-style cell phone from around 2005. In an otherwise elegant interior, this is a bit poor of containerized parts engineering. GM.

In addition to better interior design and materials, the amplitude of the cabin has increased dramatically. The cargo space behind the third row has increased by 68%, while the legroom in the last row of seats has grown more than 10 inches compared to the outgoing model. Many of these improvements come from a longer body and a stretched wheelbase, although the best packing of the new independent rear suspension certainly also helps.

On the technological front, there is much to talk about. Laudable of Cadillac Super cruise The system is finally reaching the Escalade. It has been significantly improved in several ways and now offers automatic lane change functionality.

To make it a little easier to reach your destination, assisted navigation will be offered by augmented reality. This projects step-by-step instructions through a live video transmission of the road ahead, which could be quite useful in difficult situations or in crowded urban areas.

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Giant taillights are a staple of Escalade.

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The 2021 Escalade will be offered with AKG sound systems, the first time this Samsung-owned audio brand has been used in a vehicle. This movement is very similar to Mark Levinson's systems in Lexus products or association Lincoln He has with Revel.

The standard sound system of this Cadillac has 19 speakers and a 14-channel amplifier, but if only the best works, you will want the AKG Studio Reference system. With a whopping 36 speakers, it should work. Powered by three separate amplifiers, it has sound emitters throughout the cabin, on the roof, head restraints and even in the center console.

It takes a lot of muscle to transport a complete SUV like the 2021 Escalade. And fortunately for drivers, Cadillac has adorned this machine with a lot of growl. The standard engine is a 6.2-liter small block V8 with a power of 420 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque. It is equipped with variable valve timing, automatic stop / start and even Dynamic Fuel Management, which is a new and elegant cylinder deactivation system that allows the engine to run with virtually any combination of cylinders to improve efficiency.

Making its way into the full-size luxury SUV segment, a 3.0-liter inline six-liter diesel will be offered. This Duramax unit is shared with other GM light-duty full-size pick-up trucks. Phenomenally smooth and with torque, it offers 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of rotation. Expect also a leading fuel economy in the segment. No matter the engine, only one transmission is available in the 2021 Escalade. Each of them will be equipped with an advanced 10-speed automatic gearbox.

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The comfort has been dramatically improved, especially in the two rear rows of seats.

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As mentioned earlier, the old living axis of this Cadillac has been thrown away like a used napkin, replaced by something much more modern. The Escalade not only obtains an independent rear suspension design, but can also be equipped with magnetic dampers for greater refinement on the road. But if that is not enough, a pneumatic suspension system is also available, similar to that found in Tahoe, Suburban and Yukon. An electronic limited slip differential is also optional.

Together with other full-size GM SUVs, Cadillac has redesigned Scaling It will be built in Arlington, Texas. It is expected to go on sale in the third quarter of the year. Naturally, no price information has been published at this time, but version 2021 should be competitive with the current model, which means that it will probably start at around $ 80,000.

When you start arriving at dealerships, you can choose between two different clipping branches. As with its other models, Cadillac has adopted a "Y-shaped" model structure. A basic deluxe version will be offered, but there are two forks beyond that. On the one hand, you can get a Premium Luxury model or a premium Platinum Luxury version. If something a little more aggressive floats on your proverbial ship, Spot and Sport Platinum variants will also be offered. They form the second branch of the "Y" and, among other things, come with mesh mesh inserts and black exterior moldings.

Originally published on February 4.

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