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2021 CADILLAC ESCALADE ORDER BOOKS ARE OPEN

Arrival Is Scheduled For Late 2021

2021 Cadillac Escalade Platinum
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Reservations are now open for the 2021 Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV, per the brand’s website. Currently, Cadillac says that first deliveries won’t happen until “late 2021.” The timeline was originally sooner, but like with everything else, the coronavirus pandemic has pushed things back.

Cadillac disclosed pricing information on the new Escalade with dealers earlier this month, with the MSRP increasing slightly on the bottom end, and by several thousand dollars at the high end.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade price starts at $77,490 for the Luxury trim, a price jump of $1,000. The longer ESV model of the same trim is $80,490, which is $500 more than before. Above the base level is the 2021 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury and Sport models, starting at $84,290 and $86,690 respectively. At the top, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum models start at a whopping $101,290. That’s $8,000 more than before.

And while that sounds like a lot, Cadillac has already hinted to us that they could be looking at levels of luxury beyond the Platinum trim level. Which, if you ask us, is the right thing to do.

The centerpiece of the all-new interior is a multilayered, curved 38-inch diagonal OLED screen. It’s an industry-first implementation that delivers some of the sharpest, the most color range, and most contrasting resolutions found in the industry, largely thanks to GM’s new Global B electrical architecture that allows for faster processing power, crisper resolutions, and richer colors. And in perfect Escalade fashion, it’s also the biggest OLED screen you can find in any automobile on the planet.

While the technology was a focus this go-around, the cabin of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade offers eight color and trim choices depending on the configuration, which include unique seat designs, with custom perforation and quilting patterns. Also inside is an optional 36 speaker AKG sound system, a beverage chiller, Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology, augmented reality enabled navigation, and soft-close doors.

Mechanically, the new Escalade features independent rear suspension for the first time ever in the nameplate’s history. In effect, both third row passenger room and ride comfort are greatly improved compared to before.

Under the hood will be a 420 hp, 460 lb-ft 6.2L L87 V8 as standard, with a segment exclusive 277 hp 460 lb-ft LM2 3.0L Duramax Diesel engine as a no cost option. This is a pricing strategy that’s currently observed in both the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2020 GMC Sierra 1500; pricing for the L87 and LM2 are the same on trim levels that offer both engines. Like the Escalade, this pricing strategy is expected on the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, as well as the 2021 GMC Yukon family.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be built in Arlington, Texas with the rest of GM’s fresh line of T1-platform utility vehicles. Production may commence within the next two weeks, permitting that GM and governments give the all-clear.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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