The Cadillac Escalade ESV has been redesigned to be bigger, bolder, and more technologically advanced, with new OLED screens and Cadillac’s Super Cruise driver-assist system. The 2021 model starts at $80,490 and features more cargo space than the 2020 model, thanks to a new independent rear suspension.
The 2021 Escalade ESV has 18.1 percent more cargo volume behind the front row over the previous generation. With all seats folded, the ESV’s total cargo volume is 142.8 cubic feet, which is 15.1 cubic feet more than the 109.1 cubic feet of the standard 2021 Escalade. The two new Escalades have almost the same amount of interior space in terms of head, leg, shoulder, and hip room; however, the third row of the extended model has 1.7 more inches of legroom.
Two engine options are available in the 2021 Escalade ESV. The 6.2-litre V-8 is standard, and a newly available Duramax turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six is optional at no extra charge. Both engines are paired with the same 10-speed automatic transmission found on the 2020 model, and both rear- and four-wheel-drive models are available.
The 2021 Escalade comes standard with more than 38 diagonal inches of OLED screens. The three curved displays make up the infotainment system as well as the gauge cluster. The luxury SUV also comes with available Super Cruise, GM’s driver-assistance technology, which now offers lane change on demand. An adaptive air suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, and GM’s Magnetic Ride Control are also standard.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV is available for order starting today and will arrive at dealerships this fall. It starts at $80,490 for the rear-wheel-drive Luxury model and tops out at $92,890 for the all-wheel-drive Sport model.
The Cadillac Escalade is planned to get a complete overhaul later this year. The redesign should bring new technologies both inside and out, together with more efficient powertrains and a more refined cabin. The 2021 Escalade will debut early next month and here’s everything we know about it so far.
What Is It?
The Escalade is a full-size, body-on-frame luxury SUV with three rows of seats and room for your entire family. The model was first launched in 1998 as a direct answer to the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, Lexus LX, and, most notably, the Lincoln Navigator. Currently, in its fourth generation, the large SUV will usher in a new decade with a completely redesigned model.
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What Will It Look like?
The new Escalade will share key styling features with the XT6, including the horizontal headlights that merge into the brand’s polygon grille, which will replace the current model’s vertical clusters. Much like the XT6, the Escalade will likely maintain a connection to its old headlamp shape by way of massive vertical LED driving lights in the lower fascia.
The overall shape and size of the new Escalade will remain relatively unchanged and we expect an evolutionary look for the rest of the luxury high-riding model’s exterior styling. Worth noting is that we believe the rear end will maintain the current vehicle’s oversized taillights, albeit with more modern LED styling details.
Where It Will Be Built?
The current generation of the Escalade is built in Arlington, Texas, and there’s no reason to believe this would change when the new model arrives. An alleged all-electric Escalade could be introduced in 2023 with production taking place at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant.
When We Will See It?
Cadillac has confirmed the 2021 Cadillac will debut during the Oscars week in Los Angeles early next month. More precisely, we should see the full-size luxury SUV on February 4.
Everything about the Cadillac Escalade is big. The vehicle is physically huge, the wheels are large, and the grille is vast.
Cadillac is now adding one more mega-feature to the luxury SUV, a humongous curved OLED screen that takes the place of the dashboard and the infotainment screen.
Straight lines are so last year. Introducing the first curved OLED in the industry, with over 38” diagonal of total display on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
The screen spans 38 inches from the left side of the steering wheel to the midpoint of the centre console and is curved behind the steering wheel. A plastic surround encompasses the gauge cluster but doesn’t break up the OLED screen.
Cadillac also says the display has “twice the pixel density of a 4K television,” with “perfect blacks and the largest colour range available in the automotive industry.”
No other details were mentioned, so we’re just going to have to wait until our first look at the vehicle in February of 2020. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will go on sale in late 2020.
In most parts of the country, carping about the state of this nation’s roads is an art form. New expletives have been crafted solely for use when one’s brand-new set of winter tires slam into an unexpected pothole. Fillings have been jarred loose by washboard road surfaces. Alignment mechanics rejoice the former, dentists do brisk business with the latter. Hey, at least someone is making bank off of our rough roads.
Across Canada, wild temperature swings and an abundance of road salt conspire to scupper even the best paving job. Jagged lines cut every surface like a botched episiotomy, with macadam crumbling like day-old sponge cake.
Armed with CAA’s list of Ten Worst Roads in the Maritimes and the keys to a 2020 Cadillac XT6 crossover, we decided to seek out these potholed pavements in an effort to gauge the state of our roads.
Would the Cadillac provide a comfortable journey? Will this infrastructure hammer our spines into oblivion? Did I make a theme-based playlist filled with The Stones and the score from Rocky?
The answers to those questions were yes, no and an emphatic yes.
First, the Cadillac. The luxury arm of General Motors has been fiddling with their “Standard of the World” for a few years now, rolling out two new sedans and three new crossovers in quick succession.
The XT6 is the largest of these, acting as a draw for customers seeking a snazzy three-row machine with all-wheel-drive. Cadillac already has a three-row SUV in its quiver of course, but the large-and-in-charge Escalade scares away some customers thanks to its bulk and truck-based roots. For anyone trading out of an Acura MDX or Volvo XC90, the XT6 will be much more approachable.
Outside, the Cadillac certainly looks the part, with our Sport-trimmed tester dipped in $900 worth of inky Stellar Black Metallic paint. Unlike the Premium Luxury models, the Sport eschews all exterior brightwork save for a spear along its lower flanks and one edging the perimeter of its front grille. A completely blacked-out grille, bookended with headlights narrowed like the eyes of a stern headmaster, is a dealer-installed accessory and should be fitted to every XT6 regardless of colour.
The last road of the day was Waterford Road just outside of Sussex. Locals said this stretch of tarmac captured the number two spot on The List thanks to a combination of patchwork repairs and the lack of any major work since 2009.
Alert readers will correctly guess that a layer of fresh tar now covers this road surface as well, one which strafes a river and whose proximity to several of New Brunswick’s famed covered bridges makes it popular with tourists.
All of this taught us two things. First, CAA’s annual list does indeed spur local governments to action, proving that the voice of the people is not always routinely ignored by those who move the levers of power. Second, Cadillac’s new XT6 is a sumptuous if costly player in the luxury three-row game. It looks good and is endlessly comfortable but the brand needs to introduce the excellent Super Cruise hands-free driving assistance feature in order for it to truly stand out in a very crowded segment.
Underscoring its assertion a brand needn’t live on SUVs alone, Cadillac today introduced the new 2020 CT4 sedan. This means there will be a trio of sedans in the company’s showroom, with this machine being the smallest of the three.
Built on rear-drive architecture, the way nature and Alfred Sloan intended, the Cadillac CT4 will offer a selection of turbocharged engines.
A 2.0-litre turbo is the standard engine, cranking out 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic.
Further up the options sheet is a 2.7-litre turbo, whose estimated power is a sprightly 309 ponies and 348 lb.-ft. of twist in the Premium Luxury model. Alert readers will note this engine is related to the 325-horsepower engine found in the CT4-V. Ten cogs inhabit the automatic lashed to this mill.
The CT4’s profile is decidedly rear-wheel-drive, with a good dash-to-axle ratio creating a long proboscis. “We developed CT4 to appeal to youthful buyers in the luxury market who may be new to the Cadillac brand,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of global Cadillac design.
Three trims, in addition to the V, will be offered at launch: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. The latter will have darker accents and performance-inspired details like unique fascias while the others are going to ladle on the chrome in varying amounts.
Sport and V-Series models will have Brembo-branded front brakes, while rear-drive Vs will have GM’s trick Magnetic Ride Control. All-wheel-drive will be available in Canada on all models. Available Continental self-sealing tires are said to be a segment-first, and the company says Super Cruise is going to be available in the 2020 calendar year.
CT4’s interior will look familiar to anyone who’s been inside a Cadillac in the last year, with a tablet-style 8-inch infotainment system that is appended by twin physical knobs (thank you, Cadillac) and two rows of buttons for ventilation and other controls.RELATEDCaddy says new V-Series’ horsepower is lower because drivers were ‘intimidated’Cadillac’s super-smart Super Cruise finds even more roads
These PR photos show a set of analog gauges bookending a TFT screen as in the XT5 and XT6. It would be nice for Cadillac to offer something like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, something which may happen with the arrival of Super Cruise.
The 2020 CT4 will be available for ordering later this year.
If you’re a fan of performance cars, you’ve probably heard about the incoming next-generation Chevrolet Corvette — dubbed the C8 — which will be hitting the market soon.
By the way, the nomenclature works thusly: The “C” means Corvette, and the number represents the generation.
The C8 is therefore the newest (eighth-generation) Corvette. The outgoing Corvette, which is still on sale now, is called the C7. And so on.
For the latest C8 Corvette, there’s been an evolutionary leap in performance and pricing. From about $73,000 Canadian dollars, the new C8 will offer up nearly 500 standard horsepower, world-class handling capabilities, the latest go-fast tech, and performance figures on par with many an exotic car costing (literally) hundreds of thousands of dollars more.
Look no further than the engine for an idea of how serious an evolution this latest Corvette is. Like all Corvettes before it, the new C8 is powered by a naturally-aspirated V8, but engineers re-located it, for the first time in a Corvette, to the centre of the car.
Thus, the new Corvette features a mid-mounted engine layout, just like many an exotic Ferrari, Lamborghini, and any number of the world’s fastest cars.
So, at an asking price that barely opens the door on a (slower) BMW M3 or Porsche Cayman S, the new Corvette C8 will deliver supercar performance — including 0-100 km/h in about three seconds flat.
Until now, that sort of acceleration usually required an investment of no less than about $150,000.
Simply, there’s just never been a car that offered up this level of performance at this price point.
If what GM tells us about the new Corvette is true, product planners at many automakers who deal in high-performance cars are likely tossing and turning in their sleep, because this new Corvette C8, for a wide range of shoppers, might make the six-figure supercar obsolete.
For those after maximum performance specifications for their dollar, there’s virtually nothing else on the market that makes more sense.
This is all good news for the shopper, including those after a good deal on a second-hand high-performance car.
If you’ve been eyeing up the idea of investing in a used, earlier-generation Corvette as a future summertime plaything, than now is a great time to start paying attention to availability in the used market, as well as pricing.
At the very moment, second-hand C7 Corvette models command prices that tend to centre around the official MSRP for the upcoming new C8.
This varies widely by model grade, equipped options, and condition, of course. Some C7 generation Corvette’s are considerably cheaper, and some variants, including the higher-performing Z06 Corvette, are even more expensive.
Simply, there’s just never been a car that offered up this level of performance, at this price point.
Thing is, when the C8 launches, it’ll put a faster, more capable machine into the same pricing ballpark.
A brand-new model, with the latest tech. The latest Corvette, with the latest performance capabilities.
Initial reports suggest that the new C8 can easily be equipped to exceed the performance figures of even the fastest currently-available C7 Corvette models, but at a considerable cost advantage. And that’s from a brand-new car, with a warranty, and possibly, with a much lower asking price.
By this writer’s estimation, the asking prices of used Corvette models from the last C7 generation might be about to fall off a cliff, thanks to the launch of its replacement.
First, unsold C7-generation Corvettes at dealer lots will likely need to be cleared out before the C8 arrives, which could mean considerable pricing discounts. After all, when the C8 takes centre stage in Chevrolet showrooms it will become a whole lot harder to sell un-sold C7s — given the massively-improved performance of the C8 and its highly appealing price point.
Imagine you’re at a restaurant. One steak dinner costs $50 and includes a side salad. The other steak dinner costs $55 and includes all the fixings and a much bigger steak. Same idea.
Note, as well, that the launch of a new-generation Corvette is likely to trigger trade-ins of earlier-generation cars by loyal owners upgrading to the latest model. This increases dealer inventory of used Corvettes, and also makes them more abundant in the used market.
Second-hand C7 Corvette supply is about to go up. And with the giant performance and bang-for-the-buck leap represented by the new C8, it’s not a stretch to think that C7 demand may wind up dropping as a result.
Why buy a gently-used C7 with some options for $70,000, when you can get the brand-new, much-faster, C8, with full warranty (and built to your specifications) for just a few bucks more, after all?
When supply rises and demand falls, prices also tend to fall.
Translation? Shoppers considering a newer second-hand Corvette, or an unsold brand-new C7, are likely to see better deals in the very near future.
Finally, this whole thing could also trickle down to the market at large, reducing the cost of performance and horsepower in general.
Why buy a second-hand, high-end exotic, (possibly for tens of thousands more), when the C8 offers equal or better performance (and a factory warranty), for much less?
Many of those saving $70,000 to $80,000 for a used performance car will, very soon, have a highly-compelling option in something brand new. This could result in higher inventory of used $70,000 to $80,000 performance cars and, eventually, in a price-drop.
Of course, other factors may be at play. Perhaps the C7 Corvette retains higher resale values as a collectible car of sorts; it’s the last of the front-engine Corvettes and may well be the last generation Corvette offered with a manual transmission (which is, at this writing, not available in the new C8).
Time will tell.
But the launch of the new C8 will be a very good thing for performance car shoppers in general.
Montreal (Tuesday, June 4, 2019) — Michelin and General Motors presented a new generation of airless wheel technology, the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (or “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System”), at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility today. GM intends to develop this airless wheel assembly with Michelin and aims to introduce it on passenger vehicles as early as 2024.
Later this year, GM will initiate real-world testing and validation of the Uptis Prototype on a Michigan test fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs.
“General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology,” said Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. “Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.”
Airless technology makes the Uptis Prototype eliminate flats and blowouts. This means Uptis offers significant potential for reducing the use of raw materials and waste, contributing to GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion as it:
Reduces the number of punctured or damaged tires that are scrapped before reaching the end of their life cycle.
Reduces the use of raw materials, energy for production and emissions linked to the manufacture of spare tires and replacement tires that are no longer required.
Lasts longer by eliminating irregular wear and tear caused by over- or under-inflation.
The availability of Cadillac’s semi-autonomous driving technology, called Super Cruise, is about to increase significantly.
Initially reserved for the CT6 full-size sedan, the system will be integrated to the new CT5 sedan as well as the freshly unveiled CT4-V and CT5-V performance models.
Cars equipped with Super Cruise can operate on several Canadian highways and U.S. interstates with no human intervention by using a combination of precision LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS and a network of camera and radar sensors.
In order to make sure the person behind the wheel can resume control of the vehicle whenever necessary, Super Cruise relies on a state-of-the-art Driver Attention System. If it detects drowsiness or inattention, you will be asked to take over. If you keep your eyes on the road, you can go on for hundreds of kilometres without touching the wheel or pedals.
We experienced the technology during a brief test drive on busy freeways near Detroit. Our autonomous Cadillac worked like a charm. Passing manoeuvres still require driver intervention, but other than that you can keep your arms crossed and let the car do all the work.
Of course, this kind of system is highly dependent on good weather. Everything is fine with sunshine. However, don’t count on Super Cruise in the middle of a January snowstorm.
A Larger Network
Cadillac also announced that Super Cruise will be compatible with an additional 112,000 kilometres of divided highways in Canada and the U.S. by the end of the year, bringing the total to more than 320,000 kilometres.
As a result, the system will cover most of the Trans-Canada Highway.
As Cadillac celebrates 15 years of V-series performance, the company yesterday unveiled the all-new CT4-V and CT5-V with The Car Guide in attendance.
It was actually the first public appearance of the CT4, the brand’s new entry-level sedan positioned below the larger CT5 and CT6.
With the CT4-V, Cadillac puts the focus on driving excitement rather than all-out power. Equipped with a turbocharged 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine, this compact luxury car produces 320 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It also features 18-inch wheels, Brembo brakes and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
In the U.S., the CT4-V comes standard with rear-wheel drive but is also available with all-wheel drive. We still don’t know what strategy Cadillac will adopt in Canada, although a standard AWD setup would make sense.
In terms of styling, the new Cadillac sedan obviously shares a lot of similarities with the CT5 and CT6.
Less sportier versions of the CT4 will be part of the lineup, too. As a matter of fact, Cadillac promised journalists on hand to show what this car has to offer in non-V specification in about a month.
While the CT4 stole the show at the media event, we shouldn’t overlook the larger CT5. After all, that model debuted as recently as mid-April!
To spice things up, Cadillac developed a mightier CT5-V with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine for 2020. It generates 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
Performance goodies include an electronic limited-slip differential and 19-inch alloys. The 10-speed autobox is also found here along with a choice of RWD and AWD configurations.
Pricing for the new 2020 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V has yet to be announced.
“This is Only the Beginning”
While the launch of two high-performance sedans is somewhat surprising in today’s SUV-driven world, it also comes with disappointment for Cadillac purists. Indeed, the 355 ponies under the hood of the CT5-V pale in comparison to the outgoing 2019 CTS-V and its 640-horsepower V8.
“The strategy isn’t the same as with the CTS-V,” explained Mirza Grebovic, Cadillac’s Performance Variant Manager. “We want to put more emphasis on daily enjoyment and not just on the track.”
According to him, 640-horssepower monsters like the CTS-V can be intimidating for many drivers.
Cadillac will not stop there, however. Earlier this year, we saw the introduction of a 550-horsepower CT6-V. And based on the comments made by company executives, they still have a few surprises in store for us.
“This is only the beginning,” Grebovic added with a little smile.
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