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Everything you want to know about the 2021 Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade has been redesigned for the 2021 model year.

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In advance of Oscar Week, Cadillac unveiled an all-new 2021 Escalade in Los Angeles, an appropriate location given the vehicle's long-standing relationship with Hollywood elite and self-made American success stories.

"There is something special about driving an Escalade," said Cadillac president Steve Carlisle. "It has the bold presence and exclusive technology to elevate the extraordinary and make every drive feel like an occasion."

Here's what you need to know about the new model.

2021 Cadillac Escalade The Cadillac Escalade features a clean dashboard design.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The exterior is sleek and stylish.

The new full-size premium Escalade SUV's exterior is understated and elegant, with a classic, large grill and on-trend distinctive slim horizontal and vertical light treatments throughout. The large, square windows provide excellent visibility. The slab-sided doors have stationary handles with a hidden release latch for a clean, sleek look. Upper trims offer soft-close for a premium feel.

There are two powertrain options.

The new Escalade comes with a powerful 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 with 460 pound-feet of torque. For the first time ever, the Escalade will offer a 277-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline six cylinder, with the same 460 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and available inn either a rear-wheel or four-wheel configuration.

The diesel is ideal for trailering and towing, as well as longer trips. While fuel economy and range are not yet available, count on the diesel offering better numbers than the gas engine but at a higher price point.

2021 Cadillac Escalade The OLED screen curves in such a way that a hood is not required to cut down on glare.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Escalade's most impressive updates are in its cabin.

While the exterior received a modern and appealing redesign, the interior is the real showstopper, with a car-like experience contrasting the masculinity of the truck.

The curved OLED screen is (literally) a big deal.

The eight-passenger, three-row Escalade features a trio of huge, paper-thin, first-to-market curved screens covering a total of 38 inches of total diagonal display area. The first screen is a 7.2-inch diagonal touch control panel on the driver's left side. The second screen is a 14.2-inch-diagonal instrument panel cluster display centered on the steering wheel. The third screen supports the infotainment features and measures 16.9-inch-diagonal area.

The screens are sourced from consumer electronics giant LG and include Organic Light Emitting Diode, more commonly known as OLED. OLED technology provides stunning, vivid light and true black with no light bleed often seen with LED. The center screen is touch but can also be manipulated via knobs and dials, a dual-operational mode designed to appeal to a wide audience of users. A discreet row of buttons control climate.

A full suite of vehicle functions, tasks, and apps including Android Auto and Apple Car Play are supported via the screens and can be customized and arranged according to preference. Monitoring fuel economy, tire pressure, trailering, navigation, and audio are just a few choices.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Rear seat passengers can be entertained via seat-back screens.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Cadillac has given the Escalade a long list of desirable standard features.

Key standard features include a full suite of enhanced driver assist systems such as hands-free Super Cruise with over-the-air update capability and on-demand lane change. The Escalade offers five different trim levels, eight exterior colors and at least eight interior color and trim choices. Cadillac is rolling out a new 360 visualizer for full customization of the Escalade available on the brand's website.

A rear camera mirror is available, particularly useful when trailering or when the cargo area is packed and visibility is compromised. The mirror uses a rear-facing camera to provide real-time rear-view visibility.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Cadillac's Super Cruise technology is the only hands-free system in the U.S.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The navigation system uses augmented reality.

Cadillac's infotainment system features an all-new augmented reality-enabled navigation, with live street views with directional overviews to aid in driving directions. Surround Vision, standard in all Escalades, provides a birds-eye view of the area around the vehicle, providing additional visual assistance especially when parking.

Rear passengers can be entertained and easily heard throughout the cabin without having to shout.

The second-row entertainment package offers a pair of 12.6-inch-diagonal independent touch display screens featuring navigation, streaming games, music, and videos via USB or HDMI inputs. Strategically placed microphones, part of the available 36-speaker industry-first AKG audio technology, provide easy front and rear-passenger communication.

2021 Cadillac Escalade The Escalade features spacious, comfortable seats.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The 2021 Escalade is longer than the 2021 model.

The 2021 Escalade has a longer wheelbase and overall longer vehicle, providing 40 percent more third-row legroom (34.9 inches) and a 68 percent increase in maximum cargo capacity behind the third row (25.5 cubic feet) in the standard length vehicle.

The Escalade ESV adds another nearly 14 inches to the wheelbase and nearly 16 inches to the overall length. In both models, the new independent rear suspension not only improves overall ride comfort, but also allows for a lower interior floor, increasing leg room in the last row by 10 inches.

2021 Cadillac Escalade The Escalade will once again be offered in an extended wheelbase variant.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The Escalade is made in America.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be manufactured at GM's Arlington, Texas assembly plant and will be in dealer showrooms in late 2020.

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It was just last week that Cadillac was showing off its electrified powertrains and the future of its GMC, Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac brands during a media blitz. One key part of those plans was the planned April 2 introduction of the Cadillac Lyric, the brand's first all-electric vehicle.

On Monday, bowing to pressure from the public regarding the the spread of Covid-19, popularly called coronavirus, General Motors announced it was calling off the Lyric's planned unveiling.

There has not been a date announced for an unveiling in the future.

It is not likely that the unveiling cancellation will push back the production timeline of the vehicle. There is traditionally a several month cushion between the announcements and the start of vehicle production.

General Motors is one of the automakers that has begin curtailing travel of its employees. Ford and FCA have also taken steps to limit their employees travel nationwide.

Though it hasn't been unveiled, Cadillac has let some information slip about the Lyriq. They also recently told of a new $200,000 vehicle coming to its lineup in a few years.

The Cadillac Celestiq will be the automaker's new flagship sedan when it debuts, which likely won't be for a few years.

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Cadillac has just announced the death of the CT6 and introduced the CT4 and CT5, but they're not done with the sedan shuffle. The company has made it known that the Cadillac Celestiq is on its way.

Unlike other models Cadillac has built for decades, the company is truly positing this car as a luxury model. Just hundreds of them will be hand-built each year in the Detroit area starting in mid-2022. Reporting by Mike Colias of the Wall Street Journal indicates that the cost of the Celestiq will be over $200,000.

2020 Cadillac CT6 Cadillac recently announced that it's ending production of the CT6.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Yes, you read that right. A $200,000+ Cadillac. Surely that's the answer to a question no one has been asking outside of the Renaissance Center.

A top tier Porsche Panamera's starts just under $200,000.

The flagship hatchback (yes, you read that right) will run strictly on all-electric power. Motortrend has reported that the model will have black glass that runs from the windscreen to the rear hatch opening as well as a spacious interior,

A question worth asking: How many parts from the GM bin will the model share with lower priced cars? Only time will tell.

Cadillac is looking to put 20 electrified models on the road by 2023. Given that the current lineup includes just five vehicles, there's plenty of room for expansion. The company will debut the Lyriq electric SUV later this spring and has said that an Escalade EV is on the way in a few years.