Initial customers shouldn't have to wait much longer.
The world was a different place when the 2021 Cadillac Escalade was revealed in early February. Not long after this, the global pandemic forced global shutdowns of automotive plants, affecting the likes of the new Chevrolet Tahoe, one of the Escalade's corporate cousins. Despite the uncertainty of exactly when initial customers would start receiving the new Escalade, this hasn't stopped thousands from placing their orders for the luxurious Caddy.
Now, thanks to Cadillac Society, we have a clearer idea of where things stand, with more details surfacing surrounding the Escalade's production timeframe.
Although some Escalades have already been manufactured at the Arlington production plant in Texas, these examples are reserved for testing, demonstration, and training duties. Production of the first customer-bound Escalades is slated to begin in late Q3 and possibly Q4, indicating that we could see the first units roll off the production line sometime in September.
Models fitted with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel powertrain - a first for the Escalade model line - or those with the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver aid won't be the first to go into production, so it's worth noting for customers who have ticked one or both of these boxes.
Other than the turbodiesel engine, a 6.2-liter V8 will be offered with 420 horsepower on tap. In both cases, a 10-speed automatic transmission is used. The Escalade is expected to be a much better drive than its predecessor, not only because of a more luxurious cabin but also due to the independent rear suspension that should benefit both ride and handling. Air suspension and an electronic limited-slip differential will be offered, too.
The full-size SUV carries a base price of $76,195, with the turbodiesel being a no-cost option. The larger Escalade ESV begins at $80,490, going all the way up to $107,290 for 4WD versions in more luxurious trims. Get ready to spot a new Escalade on the road imminently.