The large 2021 Cadillac Escalade SUV, completely redesigned with pioneering technologies, modern interior, comfort, has officially been unveiled in the US.
And of course, the most interesting news was the very long-promised 38-inch curved display. Cadillac called it the largest monitor in the industry, but in fact, it turned out that the digital space in front of the driver consists of three separate screens. It occupies space from the left end in front of the passenger to the right end of the central area without invading the area in front of the front passenger.
A 7.2-inch touch screen on the left of the steering wheel is the information center for the driver. Behind the steering wheel is a 14.2-inch screen for the instrument cluster and other important driving information. Moving to the right is the large 16.9-inch infotainment screen responsible for multimedia and navigation settings.
All the three monitors use OLED technology with twice the pixel density of 4K TVs and, according to Cadillac, are the sharpest of all the screens currently in use.
By the way, a couple of monitors with a diagonal of 12.6 inches are available for rear passengers that can be connected with a variety of information containers via HDMI and USB connectors. Furthermore, the SUV’s navigation system got elements of augmented reality.
Another claimed achievement is an on-board speaker system developed together with AKG. It consists of 36 speakers and three amplifiers, providing a total of 28 channels of sound amplification. The system can adjust the sound volume independently for the front, and rear seats are equipped with built-in microphones to facilitate passenger conversations in different rows and are also able to work with driver assistants.
The Escalade’s engine menu consists of two options: GM’s 6.2-liter V8 producing 420 hp and for the first time in the model’s history a six-cylinder in-line turbo-diesel engine that produces 277 hp, and a large amount of torque similar to that of the V8 engine that is 460 lb-ft (623 Nm). Both engines arrive coupled to the same 10-speed automatic transmission, which the Tahoe and the Yukon use, with an all-wheel-drive option. Both engines are matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control.
All SUVs will be equipped with standard 22-inch wheels and a new independent rear suspension. The new 2021 Escalade can also receive the semi-autonomous “Super Cruise” driving system (optional) that interacts with a complex of lidars, radars, and GPS sensors.
On sale, the new flagship Cadillac should appear this summer at the dealership. The price list will be released near the start date of sales.