2021 Cadillac Escalade – Super Cruise driver assistance technology. The 2021 Escalade enters the future of mobility as the first full-size SUV with Super Cruise driver assistance technology. It enables hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of compatible highways in the United States and Canada, using LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of cameras and radar sensors.
The 2021 Escalade features an enhanced Super Cruise system with several new features and improvements, including automated lane change. Automated lane change will allow the driver to direct the system to perform a single lane change using the turn signal to indicate the direction of the desired move.
Super Cruise’s driver attention system helps keep drivers engaged by detecting and signaling when drivers need to pay more attention to the road; and recent technology enhancements include dynamic lane offset, which can adjust the Escalade slightly over in its lane for driver comfort when other vehicles are passing in close proximity. Additionally, new messaging on the driver information center alerts drivers when Super Cruise may not be available in certain instances.
Cadillac has redesigned the Escalade inside and out, and now the automaker has revealed the cost of all those changes. For 2021, the Escalade starts at $77,490 in the now base Luxury trim, a $1000 jump from the outgoing model; the longer ESV version of the Escalade starts at $80,490. On every trim level, to go from the standard rear-wheel drive to all-wheel drive costs another $3000.
The Escalade comes with two engine options, the familiar 6.2-liter V-8 and a newly available Duramax turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. The former comes standard, but the latter is available at no charge. Both engines are mated to the same 10-speed automatic transmission as on the 2020 model.
For 2021, Cadillac has given the Escalade the independent rear suspension and fuel-saving cylinder deactivation as on the Chevy Tahoe and the GMC Yukon. The base model, despite the modest price jump, now comes standard with the Escalade’s new 38 inches of total screen space stretching across the dashboard, plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability and a 19-speaker AKG sound system or an optional one with 36 speakers.
The Premium Luxury trim starts at $84,290, and the next highest trim, the Sport, starts at $86,890. The highest trim levels, the Platinum and Platinum Sport, start at $101,290, a nearly $8000 increase over the $93,950 starting price for the Platinum in 2020.
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