We’ve seen the Chevrolet Suburban and the GMC Yukon, so now it’s the turn of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade to make its debut. GM’s flagship family SUV will debut next week, but not before it put out this small teaser. Technically, the company made this announcement to show new enhancements with its Super Cruise system. However, it does give us some insight into the new Escalade’s interior, including its all-digital display.
In the photo above, GM actually included a figure of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in the gauge cluster, showing off a digital rendering of the production model. The rear end of the SUV doesn’t look dramatically different to the current version. There are vertical taillights which were a hallmark of the current Escalade’s design, but this time there’s a large chrome strip across the center. Right in the middle looks like a large Cadillac badge, but the overall shape is familiar to the version we already know.
More on the Super Cruise system
As for Super Cruise, Cadillac says the technology runs on an “all-new digital vehicle platform.” It provides more bandwidth and processing power than before, which helps achieve more advanced driver assistance functions. One of the highlights is “Lane Change On Demand”, which lets the car automatically change lanes while Super Cruise is engaged. When the driver taps the turn signal stalk, the system looks for an opening, lets the driver and surrounding motorists know the lane change is imminent, then move over on its own if there’s a wide enough opening.
In addition to the lane change feature, Cadillac also made several other improvements to Super Cruise for 2020. Richer map information, improved software and functionality enhancements should make the system a stronger contender against driver assistance suites like Tesla’s Autopilot system. At this point, though, it’s important to note that neither system is fully autonomous.
Instead, these systems still require driver input to function correctly. If they are driving without your engagement, they still require you pay attention to the road in case you need to take over. The system will first be available on the updated Cadillac CT5 and CT4 sedans.
We’ll know more about the 2021 Cadillac Escalade next week. Stay tuned for the reveal event from Los Angeles! In the meantime, check out more on its siblings from GM’s other brands below: