The Cadillac Escalade has been redesigned for 2021, growing in size and features. As before, the Escalade shares much with the similar Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, including the move to a contemporary independent rear suspension. Judging from our time with the Tahoe and Suburban, it improves the ride and allows for more rear cargo space. The standard engine is a 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8.
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Larger 2021 Cadillac Escalade Becomes Modernized and High-Tech

Full-sized SUV pours on the luxury


The Cadillac Escalade is the third redesigned model in GM's full-sized SUV family. As before, the Escalade shares much with the similar Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL. In fact, it appears near-identical, with just the brand-specific face and finishing rear touches to distinguish it at a glance.

The Escalade can easily be mistaken for a Chevy or GMC model from the side. It is truly just the face and rear that are given Cadillac treatment. Up front, that translates to a large, shield-like grille shape shared with other recent models. The headlights are short and horizontal, and they are accented by tall, vertical lights—a design element that has become a signature styling cue for the brand.

However, there are significant differences inside, with the Cadillac boasting a more premium design and more high-tech features. The rear design is tasteful and simple, with the hatchback flanked by narrow, tall lights and twin, garnished exhaust ports at the corners.

Like its GM stablemates, the Escalade models have grown in size with this next generation, with longer wheelbases and longer overall length. The Escalade casts a larger shadow than before, with the standard-sized model measuring 7 inches longer than the 2020 version.

The Texas-built Escalade is positioned to provide more room, more power, and more luxury. 

Here is what we know so far.

Impressions The Cadillac cabin has a much different design than in the other GM full-sized SUVs. The standout element is the curved OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display that dominates the dashboard.
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