Boldly innovative, the powerful 2021 Escalade is Cadillac’s most impressive premium luxury vehicle yet, thanks to ground-breaking tech and a wealth of jaw-dropping surprises. The all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade features two different personas for customers, the Premium Luxury and Sport. Both editions have the bold presence and exclusive technology to elevate the extraordinary and make every drive feel like an occasion. It’s unmistakable presence, combined with advanced technology features make this is the most technologically advanced Escalade, as well as the prestige brand’s most sophisticated.
The Cadillac Escalade has defined the full-size luxury segment SUV market since its introduction over 20 years ago and continues to embody the spirit of Cadillac: seamless integration of technology and craftsmanship and bold powerful style and ground-breaking innovation. Bringing to life the design vision of the Escala show car, the fifth-generation Escalade showcases many all-new or improved features for Cadillac.
The 2021 Escalade showcases the first curved OLED in the industry with over 38 inches diagonal of total display. Featuring twice the pixel density of a 4K television, this technology enables bold imagery, perfect blacks, and the largest color range available in the automotive industry. The OLED display is the centerpiece of the interior, enabling designers to integrate and customize the entire environment, including the 14.2” diagonal cluster display with two reconfigurable zones for vehicle info, and four layouts: gauge view, augmented reality with active route navigation, map navigation, and optional night vision. The result is a completely fresh, integrated cabin look that seamlessly blends the technology with handcrafted details.
The 2021 Escalade enters the future of mobility as the first full-size SUV with Super Cruise, the industry’s best driver assistance technology. No other luxury SUV offers a comparable system: the Escalade’s Super Cruise enables hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of compatible highways in the United States and Canada. The enhanced system has several new features and improvements, including automated lane change, precision LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system, and a network of cameras and radar sensors. If the Super Cruise driver attention system detects inattentiveness, a steering wheel light bar guides the driver to look at the road or take back control of the wheel.
AKG STUDIO REFERENCE AUDIO SYSTEM
The new 2021 Escalade is the only vehicle in the industry with studio-quality AKG speakers, and it offers the most standard and optional speakers in its class, bringing true studio-quality sound to your vehicle. The 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference system, in particular, is designed to transport listeners from the car into the recording studio for the most authentic sound possible. Close your eyes and you’ll swear Adele is singing right next to you. Switch the XM channel and you’re on the conductor’s podium at the Hollywood Bowl. The speakers are strategically placed to put every passenger – in all three rows — at the center of the sound.
Whether you’re the driver or the shotgun passenger, your riding experience in the Escalade is simply exquisite. The smooth ride, intuitive controls, sound-proofed body, and full leather seats with faceted quilting make cruising so comfortable that it’s easy to forget that behind you there are two rows for equally happy campers. The second row has two reclining captain chairs, tons of legroom, and twin flat screens behind the front row headrests. Plug in the Escalade’s AKG headphones and tune in to the videos of your choice. The second and third rows have been rejiggered with sliding seats that allow for increased distance between the first and second rows. And instead of eating up storage space in the back, the new Escalade magically holds 67.8% more cargo behind the third row.
Cadillac’s designers provided several surprises with the new Escalade’s clever lighting features, such as a backlit Cadillac crest on the rear of the OLED screen. Visible from the outside of the vehicle, it automatically illuminates and welcomes you as you approach the vehicle. When approaching from the rear, the Cadillac logo is projected onto the pavement underneath the back bumper. At night, the car’s interior is beautifully accented with a cool ribbon of blue light running horizontally along the dash and doors – a subtly elegant touch reminiscent of private jet cabins. Outside, the tall, vertical, rear light signature continues, with the addition of deep three-dimensional layers and finishes with detailed etching. And as optional safety feature, the SUV can be equipped with Night Vision. It detects and illuminates oncoming hazards like pedestrians and animals, and clearly displays what would otherwise be unseen by the driver. After all, the last thing you want to do with a spectacular vehicle like the 2021 Escalade, is to get dirty looks from pedestrians instead of envious ones.
Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Editor at Large for Pursuitist and a founding editor for Holiday Goddess, the online destination for chic women travelers from the editors of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Conde Nast Traveler, and BBC. Her travel and lifestyle reports can also be been seen in Atlas Obscura, The Awesomer, DaySpa, The Chicago Tribune, CNN Travel, JustLuxe, Lonely Planet, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Toronto Star, WellSpa 360, WestJet Magazine, Where Traveler, Where Guestbook, Yahoo News, and dozens more. She's co-author of the bestselling Holiday Goddess books (HarperCollins and iTunes) including 'The Holiday Goddess Guide to Paris, London, New York, Rome,' a travel Top 10 staple. As editor, Vicki's other books include 'Sinatra' (DK), 'Inside Mad' (Time-Life) and 'Virgin Los Angeles' (Virgin Books). She is one of the Usual Gang of Idiots for MAD Magazine, an entertainment reporter (Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, CREEM), and authorized biographer for pop culture icons from the Beach Boys to Beastie Boys, Paul McCartney to MC Hammer.