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Cadillac signs Regina King to be the new, human face of redesigned 2021 Escalade

A new ad campaign features the Cadillac Escalade alongside Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress and director Regina King.

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Emmy and Academy Award winning director and actress Regina King has been tapped as the new, human face of the Cadillac Escalade. King served as a brand ambassador to assist in the debut of the 2021 Escalade earlier this year alongside Spike Lee.

The first part of the campaign, dubbed "Never Stop Arriving", features King and will center around Cadillac's first-to-market technologies and bold design. This includes Super Cruise hands-free driving technology and a long OLED driver information and infotainment screen. This aspect of the marketing push begins in October.

Regina King Cadillac Escalade Never Stop ArrivingRegina King worked with two other powerhouse women in the film industry on the campPhoto courtesy of Cadillac

King – who recently won an Emmy for her performance in "Watchmen," also won an Oscar in 2019 for her performance in "If Beale Street Could Talk" makes her directorial debut in her forthcoming film, "One Night in Miami", set to open on Christmas Day.

"The Cadillac experience is all about ambition, being hopeful and being relentless as you work toward your goals," said King. "Cadillac looks to make every journey extraordinary, and we all should be striving for that."

Dee Rees, the campaign's director, says that the campaign is all about the theme of bravery, resilience, and overcoming obstacles. Cadillac's new marketing initiative brings together three women who exemplify those traits: Reese, King, and award-winning Director of Photography Rachel Morrison.

"This is a new era for Cadillac – fearless, innovative and one where we never stop pushing boundaries, and Regina King reflects all those facets and so much more," said Melissa Grady, Cadillac chief marketing officer. "King's unique ability to defy convention and look toward the future are how we approach the opportunities ahead of us at Cadillac."

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The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is arriving at dealerships now, but it's not the only thing Cadillac has been busy doing. The company launched Cadillac Live, an interactive virtual vehicle shopping experience, earlier this year. The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq was unveiled and promised to be riding on the new General Motors platform technology, which includes the Ultium battery.

The company confirmed that the -iq ending as part of its vehicle names will expand in the coming years, including in the Cadillac Celestiq ultra-luxury electric car. One thing the company has not confirmed is the rumored plans to add an all-electric Escalde to the lineup by 2025.

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The Hyundai Palisade got a mild refresh for 2023.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai announced changes to the Palisade for 2023. The list includes a new front fascia, an updated grille with new headlights and daytime running lights, a 12-inch touchscreen with navigation, and more. A new XRT trim joined the lineup as well, bringing brawny off-road styling and dar exterior trim. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the SUV, which starts at a little more than $32,000.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeA new XRT trim adds rugged styling. Hyundai

The Palisade's powertrain carries over from 2022, which includes a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside, the SUV got several new and updated technology features, including a more powerful wireless device charging pad, an updated digital key system, and a larger infotainment display.

As Hyundai's flagship SUV, the Palisade edges on luxury territory, with plush leather upholstery and a serene cabin that offers excellent noise cancellation and comfort. Captain's chairs and seven-passenger seating are available, but a second-row bench comes standard and brings eight-passenger capacity to the SUV.

Muscular SUVs are more popular than ever before, so Hyundai gave the posh Palisade an outdoorsy treatment with its XRT trim. The new Palisade XRT builds on the SEL trim with 20-inch wheels, a more rugged bumper and lower body cladding, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. To be clear, XRT is an appearance package that does not improve off-road capability to a large degree.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeTop trims border on the quality and design of some luxury brands. Hyundai

Standard safety equipment is generous, and includes forward collision warnings with avoidance, lane keep assist, lane following assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention warnings, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the base Palisade SE starts at $36,245, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The top Calligraphy AWD model starts at $52,095 after destination. All-wheel drive is available for all trims as an added-cost option.

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The Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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