We knew it was coming soon. Here it is.
Chances are, Cadillac did not intend for this to happen. But the internet doesn't really care. What you're looking at is the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade, leaked ahead of its expected debut in the near future. Only yesterday, the new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban, which share a platform with the next Escalade, were unveiled. Thanks to AllCarNews, we now have our first look at Cadillac's new luxury SUV.
From the side, the fourth-generation Escalade very much resembles the new Tahoe, but it's the front end that's completely different. The front fascia and grille are in line with the brand's latest styling language, currently seen on the XT6 and new CT5. There's an abundance of chrome surrounding the grille and window frame. At the back, although not shown in these pics, there are new LED taillights to complement the front LEDs. These will actually be full vertical taillights for a more dramatic effect.
While some may be disappointed by the fact the new Escalade looks awfully similar to the Tahoe in a side profile, the interior is dramatically different. While the Tahoe's dashboard and console layout are very straightforward, the new Escalade's is anything but. In fact, the dashboard design is nearly the same as what was found in the Escala concept from a few years back. Notice the dual tiered digital displays, the absence of a steering console shifter that's been replaced by a normal shifter, fancy-looking buttons, and lots of wood and metal trim. Both the driver's gauge cluster and infotainment screen are significantly larger than before.
All in all, it appears Cadillac paid more attention to the new Escalade's interior over the exterior. To be fair, interior designers probably had more liberties from the engineering department compared to the exterior design team. Still, based on what we're seeing here the 2021 Cadillac Escalade's conventional exterior styling might be a missed opportunity in favor of something far bolder. We'll reserve final judgment until the official reveal. In the meantime, your opinions are welcome.