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2021 Cadillac Escalade Rollin’ Up for Red Carpet Reveal

2021 Cadillac Escalade tease with filmmaker Spike Lee

Cadillac has released a teaser of the redesigned 2021 Escalade that will get a full premier on Feb. 4 in the week leading up to the movie industry’s annual Oscars award show on Feb. 9, for which the GM luxury brand is a longtime primary sponsor. The teaser shows a little of the big SUV’s new front end and a lot of filmmaker Spike Lee, who has directed a short film called “Anthem,” which will introduce the new ’Slade that day.

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The new Escalade and stretched Escalade ESV are upscale cousins of the redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, which in turn are upscale cousins of the redone 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. All of those have already been unveiled, and the Escalade completes the trifecta of big GM people haulers. Good reviews for them so far bode well for the new Escalade to take on newly stiff full-size SUV competition from the stylish archrival Lincoln Navigator to the redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLS.

The teaser shows a front end with family styling in line with the slim horizontal headlights, big grille and tall, vertical LED light accents in the corners of the front bumper seen on the 2020 XT6. If you want to see a little more, photos leaked on Instagram that are said to be of Escalades in the Texas plant where production has begun. And Cadillac earlier released a shadowy teaser (below) of the 2021 Escalade’s 38-diagonal-inch curved organic light-emitting diode dashboard display that Caddy says will have 4K TV quality.

The widescreen display is one of the features that will help set the Escalade apart from its more mainstream cousins. But it should share the mechanical upgrades, including the switch to independent rear suspension that allows a lower load floor, increases interior space and opens up the third row to be comfortable for full-sized adults. No word on whether there will be an exclusive powertrain option for the Cadillac.

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The Escalade is arguably Cadillac’s most recognized model, and the brand says it has sold about 806,000 since the first one was built for the 1999 model year.

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