Over the past few weeks we’ve been introduced to the makeovers of the full-sized cousins of the General’s family.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

First we saw the everyday, blue collar Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban followed by the hard working, Professional Grade siblings in the form of the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Next we are being introduced the latest makeover of the high-class Cadillac Escalades.

It seemed General Motors spent a good deal of time not only improving these offerings in dimensions and equipment, they also took each of them upscale a bit in the fit and finish areas. This seems to be a direct upping of their games in response to the Ford and Lincoln efforts.

From a technical and mechanical point of view, they all share the same relative upgrades in underpinnings. For the first time ride, comfort and control should be greatly improved with the use of an independent suspension with the use of GM’s Magnetic Ride Control system. There also has been the usual bump in engine offerings and power and efficiency but there is now the availability of adding a turbo-diesel in the mix.

As usual the styling borrows heavily from the updated full-sized pickups from each of the brands. The front end is essentially similar to the pickup variant, but more upscaled and polished.

Where I’m most excited about is finally there is more individuality of the interior spaces. Over the past years, its become common to have Chevrolet, GMC and even to a degree Cadillac share the basic design and layout of the instrument and dash. Though the finishes may have been slightly different, the layout was identical.

These new remakes have taken important steps to greatly differentiate how the dash is laid out. The drivers cluster is still relatively similar amongst the GMC and Chevrolet models, its how the center stack is presented. Chevrolet chose to go with the “tacked on” style of screen/tablet to the dash where GMC starts out with the same style as the Tahoe but also has the option to integrate the infotainment screen into the dash cover fully on the more upscale trim levels.

Not to be left out nor underestimated, Cadillac has gone fully digital with the longest digital offering of anyone. Cadillac has also taken the lead in technology as they usually do with the next level Super Cruise.

So it appears General Motors has taken steps to increase the size, technology, individuality of each of these members of these full-sized models.  They were solid offerings beforehand and I doubt these will be less than spectacular going forward.  As usual we’ve taken the time to go into each family and report their specifics in this article directly from the source.

CHEVROLET INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2021 TAHOE AND SUBURBAN

Transformed to offer more of the people- and cargo-hauling capabilities that have distinguished the industry’s best-selling full-size SUVs for generations

2019-12-10

DETROIT — Chevrolet’s iconic people and cargo haulers begin a new chapter today with the introduction of the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. Each has been redesigned to be the ultimate SUV – offering the most interior space of any SUV, exclusive technologies and features, and the best driving dynamics in the full-size segment.

“There are no vehicles like Tahoe and Suburban – which have starred in Hollywood movies, carried military heroes and world leaders, and helped create countless family memories,” said Barry Engle, executive vice president and president, General Motors North America. “We’ve taken what people love about these pioneering SUVs and made them even better – adding more room for people and cargo, more advanced technology and an unrivaled driving experience.”

This was achieved through a complete transformation of Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs, combining the strongest aspects of its new full-size truck architecture with entirely new systems tailored to the needs of today’s SUV drivers and passengers. These changes result in:

  • Class-leading interior space:

    • Sixty-six percent more cargo room behind the third row for Tahoe, and 19 percent more maximum cargo space behind the first row for Suburban – both best-in-class
    • Ten additional inches (254 mm) of third-row legroom for Tahoe
  • Dramatically improved driving dynamics:

    • The most advanced suspension in the segment, with an independent rear suspension paired with available Magnetic Ride Control and first-in-class Air Ride Adaptive Suspension
    • New Air Ride Adaptive Suspension offers load leveling at all four corners of the vehicle, and up to 4 inches (102 mm) of ride-height adjustment
  • An entirely new SUV-specific interior offering up to five display screens in total:

    • Standard 10-inch (254 mm) diagonal central color touchscreen, the largest in its segment
    • Available 8-inch (203 mm) diagonal instrument cluster
    • Available 15-inch (381 mm) Head-Up Display, which no competitor offers
    • Available dual 12.6-inch (320 mm) diagonal rear-seat LCD displays, part of the segment’s most advanced rear-seat media system
  • Thirty safety and driver convenience features, highlighted by standard Automatic Emergency Braking1 and new features, including HD Surround Vision¹ and Rear Pedestrian Alert1
  • Technologies to optimize performance and efficiency, including:

    • All-new 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine, delivering an unprecedented combination of refinement, performance and efficiency
    • Updated V-8 engines with Dynamic Fuel Management, including the available 6.2L V-8 offering best-in-class 420 horsepower
    • Standard 10-speed automatic transmission for all engines with push-button electronic shift
  • Best-in-class nine camera views and new trailering features designed to help improve the driver’s experience and confidence, including trailer profiles, trailer tire pressure/temperature monitoring and Side Blind Zone Alert1 for trailering

“With an increasing number of SUVs on the market, we knew the all-new Tahoe and Suburban needed to reach higher than ever,” said Tim Herrick, vice president, global product programs. “We transformed Tahoe and Suburban to offer all-new technologies and features and deliver a better driving experience, while staying true to the versatility and capability that have earned people’s trust for generations.”

The 2021 Tahoe and Suburban go on sale in mid-2020 in North America, joining the new Silverado and Silverado HD to completely redesign Chevrolet’s full-size truck and SUV lineup within 24 months.

Ultimate SUVs built on an all-new chassis
The changes for the all-new Tahoe and Suburban began with a new architecture featuring an independent rear suspension and longer wheelbase. The new architecture targeted improvements central to the needs of full-size SUV customers, including passenger accommodations, cargo capacity, driving dynamics and exterior proportions.

The longer wheelbase and new chassis systems create greater ride smoothness, particularly on uneven pavement and unpaved surfaces, with improved handling. The vehicles’ load floors are significantly lower, providing a more natural seating position and a remarkable gain of 10 inches (254 mm) of third-row legroom, with big increases in cargo space.

Tahoe: The leader expands with 66 percent more cargo space
Already America’s best-selling full-size SUV, accounting for more than 25 percent of the segment, the redesigned, fifth-generation 2021 Tahoe features substantially more usable space.  With a 4.9-inch (125 mm) longer wheelbase and a 6.7-inch (169 mm) increase in overall length compared to the current model, Tahoe offers 40 percent more third-row legroom and 66 percent greater cargo volume behind the third row. The space gain is achieved efficiently; while maximum cargo room increases 30 percent, Tahoe’s overall length increased less than 4 percent.

The 2021 Tahoe offers 25 percent more cargo room behind the third-row seat than the 2020 Ford Expedition (20.9 cubic feet).

2020 Tahoe 2021 Tahoe Change
Wheelbase (inches) 116 120.9 +4.9
Overall Length (inches) 204 210.7 +6.7
Legroom – Second Row (inches) 39.0 42.0 +3
Legroom – Third Row (inches) 24.8 34.9 +10.1
Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 15.3 25.5 +10.2
Max Cargo Room (cubic feet) 94.7 122.9 +28.2


Suburban: The legend advances with even more interior space

As the longest-running nameplate in automotive history at 85 years, Suburban established the segment and remains a trusted partner for customers who need maximum space. With a 4.1-inch (105 mm) increase in the wheelbase and a lower cargo floor, the new Suburban has the most passenger and cargo space of any SUV. Legroom increases for both the second- and third-row passengers, and maximum cargo volume expands 19 percent while Suburban’s overall length increases less than 1 percent.

2020 Suburban 2021 Suburban Change
Wheelbase (inches) 130 134.1 +4.1
Overall Length (inches) 224.4 225.7 +1.3
Legroom – Second Row (inches) 39.7 42 +2.3
Legroom – Third Row (inches) 34.5 36.7 +2.2
Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet) 39.3 41.1 +1.8
Max Cargo Room (cubic feet) 121.7 144.7 +23

For the first time, Tahoe and Suburban’s second-row seat can slide, adjusting approximately 5.5 inches (140 mm) forward or rearward. Both the second- and third-row seats also fold more easily, and the load floor is now both flatter and lower than prior models – improving the ease of loading and unloading. The rear-door openings for the Tahoe are also larger, thanks to the increase in wheelbase.

Compromise-free performance
The 2021 Tahoe and Suburban are powered by V-8 engines that are among the most advanced in Chevrolet’s history, as well as an all-new Duramax turbo-diesel engine. All are matched with a new 10-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control.

A 5.3L V-8 rated at 355 horsepower (265 kilowatts) is standard on LS, LT, Z71, RST and Premier models; and a 6.2L V-8 rated at 420 horsepower (313 kW) is standard on High Country. Both feature industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management technology, with more than 12 modes of cylinder deactivation that are designed to optimize engine efficiency across a broad range of driving conditions, including when towing a trailer. The engines also feature automatic stop/start technology, direct injection and variable valve timing, which all contribute to the balance of performance and efficiency.

The optional Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel is available on all models except Z71. It is a clean-sheet engine design developed for full-size truck and SUV applications, where torque means everything for confident, on-demand power and trailering capability. The Duramax is rated at 277 horsepower (207 kW) and a strong 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque. No full-size SUV competitor offers a diesel engine. It is expected to give the new SUVs some of the highest fuel economy ratings in the segment.

Highly durable materials make up the 3.0L Duramax’s critical components, including iron cylinder liners within the aluminum engine block, a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and blended silicon/aluminum pistons for greater heat resistance and reduced expansion.

Because trailering is important to many full-size SUV customers, the new Tahoe and Suburban include new trailering technologies pioneered by the Silverado pickups. A Max Trailering package is available and includes a high-capacity radiator and cooling fan, an integrated trailer brake controller, a Hitch Guidance with Hitch View feature and the Chevrolet trailering app. Tahoe and Suburban drivers will have up to nine camera views – more than any competitive full-size SUV.

The available features are designed to help improve the trailering experience with easier hitching using rear camera guidelines, bolstering confidence when towing a trailer. Additional features include a trailering app with trailer profiles, trailer tire pressure and temperature monitoring and Side Blind Zone Alert1 for trailering.

Tahoe and Suburban will have Chevy’s industry-first trailering label that is located on the driver’s side door jamb. This label provides customers with the information necessary to calculate their vehicle’s exact capacities.

Most advanced available suspension in the segment
To improve the driving experience, engineers for the 2021 Tahoe and Suburban developed an all-new chassis that integrates the longer wheelbase spans and the independent multilink rear suspension. In addition, the all-new models offer both the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system and Magnetic Ride Control – not offered by any competitor – that deliver even greater body control.

“I think the most impressive aspect of the all-new Tahoe and Suburban is how well they handle,” said Herrick. “Despite being big, they offer responsive, confidence-inspiring handling that will change expectations for the full-size SUV driving experience.”

The independent multilink rear suspension fundamentally transforms the driving dynamics of the Tahoe and Suburban, allowing each rear wheel to handle road conditions separately to dramatically enhance ride quality, steering responsiveness and overall driver control, compared to the previous live axle design.

Tahoe and Suburban’s new multilink independent rear suspension, which is composed of three lateral arms, a large longitudinal arm, coil springs and a robust stabilizer bar, offers the ride sophistication and isolating characteristics typically associated with smaller vehicles, but scaled for the superior capability requirements of full-size SUVs.

The Air Ride Adaptive Suspension is available on High Country and Z71 models and delivers automatic load-leveling and ride-height adjustment. The ride-height can adjust up to 4 inches (101 mm). In highway driving, the system automatically lowers the ride height ¾-inch (19 mm) to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. A driver-selectable setting lowers the suspension 2 inches (51 mm) to aid passenger entry and exit when the vehicle is parked. Drivers can also raise the body for additional ground clearance when driving off-road by 1 inch (25 mm) at low speeds in 4WD HI, and an additional 1 inch (25 mm) at lower speeds in 4WD LO.

Tahoe and Suburban feature one of the industry’s most sophisticated chassis technologies in Magnetic Ride Control, which is standard on Premier and High Country, and available on Z71. It is one of the fastest-reacting damping systems in the industry, using sensors to continually “read” the road and alter the damping rate of the shocks almost instantly. It reacts much faster than traditional shock absorbers to reduce bouncing, body roll and vibrations that can often resonate in a large SUV.

Expanded range of standard and available safety technologies
Chevrolet is expanding key safety and driver awareness features for the all-new Tahoe and Suburban, with Automatic Emergency Braking1 standard on all models. A recent study by University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute analyzed the effectiveness of active safety technologies, showing dramatic reductions in certain types of crashes on vehicles equipped with advanced safety features, including a 21 percent reduction in crashes with Forward Collision Alert.

Tahoe and Suburban have 30 safety and driver convenience technologies, just some of which include:

  • Restraint system with driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact airbag2 and Passenger Sensing System
  • HD Rear Vision Camera1
  • Automatic Emergency Braking1
  • Forward Collision Alert1
  • Following Distance Indicator1
  • Front Pedestrian Braking1
  • Rear Park Assist1
  • IntelliBeam automatic headlamp control1
  • Hitch Guidance for trailering1

Available technologies include new HD Surround Vision1, new Rear Pedestrian Alert1, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert with enhancements for trailering, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning1, Front and Rear Park Assist1 and Head-Up Display.1

Unprecedented connectivity and configurability
The all-new Tahoe and Suburban’s interiors have larger displays, more connectivity options and a new rear-seat media system designed to keep even the most tech-savvy family members satisfied throughout their road trips.

The Chevrolet infotainment system3 is the centerpiece and it leads major competitors with a large, 10-inch-diagonal color touchscreen. It’s one of five connected and configurable screens offered in the redesigned SUVs:

  • Chevrolet infotainment system3 with a 10-inch-diagonal color touchscreen is standard
  • An 8-inch-diagonal, configurable color instrument and information cluster is standard on Premier and High Country; a 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information center is standard on LS, LT, RST and Z71
  • A 15-inch diagonal Head-Up Display, not offered by competitors, with a 3 x 7-inch color display is standard on High Country and available on Premier
  • An available rear-seat media package includes dual 12.6-inch-diagonal LCD touchscreens

The new rear-seat media system in Tahoe and Suburban will be the most advanced and capable in the full-size SUV segment. In addition to their 12.6-inch size, the rear screens are positioned for optimal view for both second- and third-row passengers. Each rear screen offers independent connections, so passengers can watch different content on each side. Additionally, rear passengers can share content from one screen to the other, mirror content from an Android phone to a screen and “send” navigation points of interest, like restaurant suggestions or pit stop locations, to the central infotainment screen up front.

The new Tahoe and Suburban also feature a built-in Wi-Fi® Hotspot with available 4G LTE data (3GB or 1-month data trial, whichever occurs first)5, Apple CarPlay,6 and Android Auto7 capability, multiple USB charging ports8 and, on all models except LS, wireless charging9 with charger cooling.

Digital platform for today’s technologies and tomorrow’s challenges
Tahoe and Suburban’s higher level of technology is enabled by an all-new digital vehicle platform. This next-generation system has five times more data-processing power than the system in current models. It not only drives the new technologies with incredible speed, but is designed to support vehicle health monitoring and the ability for over-the-air updates – with ample bandwidth to add future technologies not yet offered.

The new digital platform includes industry-leading cybersecurity protections as well.

Bigger, bolder proportions
Chevy Truck designers created an entirely new look for Tahoe and Suburban, with a bolder stance and proportions. Six distinctive models double the trim lineup for 2021 Tahoe and Suburban, giving customers more choices and enabling designers to explore distinctive personalities across the range. Each version has a more dynamic appearance made possible by the new architecture.

“The longer proportions enabled us to add more sophistication and surface detail,” said Phil Zak, executive design director, Chevrolet. “The design builds on what generations of owners have known and loved about the Tahoe and Suburban and gives them more, with confident, bolder stances that remain reassuringly familiar, but with greater detail than ever before.”

The all-new interior was specifically designed to take advantage of the class-leading space and technology features, with a mission to create the ultimate road trip environment. The interior is brighter thanks to expanded glass areas – including an available panoramic sunroof and class-leading display technologies – and more refined with premium materials.

Additional design highlights include:

  • Standard LED headlamps and LED taillamps
  • Active front grille shutters that close at certain times on the highway to enhance aerodynamics
  • Dual exhaust on Premier and High Country (with gas engine)
  • Nine exterior colors, including three all-new colors: Empire Beige Metallic, Cherry Bomb Tintcoat and Darkmoon Blue Metallic (some color choices will be premium options)
  • Standard 18-inch wheels on LS and LT; 20-inch polished aluminum wheels on Premier, 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires on Z71; and 22-inch wheels on RST and High Country

Customers have more choices with six trim levels for Tahoe and Suburban, more than any SUV competitor. The standard LS and up-level LT trims form the basis of the lineup, with the additional trims not only providing more features, but also carrying distinct personalities, including:

  • RST: Consistently strong response from Chevy Truck buyers encouraged designers to further emphasize the street-inspired character of the RST. The unique front fascia includes a black ice finish on the grille, while the interior includes RST-specific seats with stitching in a contrasting color. RST models include all LT content, plus black and black-chrome exterior trim, 22-inch wheels and more.
  • Z71: Chevy’s legendary off-road focused Z71 was a driving force in the design of the new SUVs, in terms of appearance and capability. Z71 now includes more unique visual and performance attributes than ever before. The Z71 front fascia not only signals ruggedness, it also has a higher approach angle to aid off-road capability. 4WD is standard and includes a two-speed transfer case and Hill Descent Control, along with 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, front skid plate and red tow hooks. Z71 features black and black-chrome exterior accents.
  • Premier: Focusing on premium equipment and technology, Premier adds features such as Magnetic Ride Control, navigation, an 8-inch-diagonal reconfigurable instrument cluster, premium Bose 10-speaker audio system, 12-way power vented and perforated front bucket seats, power releases for both rows of rear seats, heated steering wheel, Safety Alert Seat1, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert¹, Rear Cross Traffic Alert1, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning1, Front and Rear Park Assist1 and 20-inch wheels.
  • High Country: New for Tahoe and Suburban is Chevy Truck’s top-level model, customized with premium features. The design is highlighted by a unique grille with bronze accents and High Country badging. The interior includes High Country sill plates, seat embroidery, and expanded color and trim choices. High Country features the 6.2L V-8 engine with Magnetic Ride Control, 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts, and adds Rear Pedestrian Alert1, Head-Up Display, HD Surround Vision and the Rear Camera Mirror.1 Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Adaptive Cruise Control1 are available.

Coming in mid-2020 from Arlington, Texas
The redesigned SUVs go on sale in mid-2020 in North America, with availability in other regions to follow. The all-new Tahoe and Suburban will be manufactured at GM’s Arlington, Texas assembly facility, which has received more than $1.4 billion in investments since 2015. The Arlington plant employs approximately 4,800 hourly and salaried personnel, and was recently upgraded with a new paint shop, body shop and additional assembly quality improvements to support the production of the new SUVs.

1Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important feature limitations and information.
2Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See your vehicle Owner’s Manual for more information.
3Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
4Map coverage available in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
5Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active service plan and paid AT&T data plan. See onstar.com for details and limitations. Properly equipped vehicles receive 1 month or 3GB of 4G LTE data (whichever comes first). Availability subject to change.
6Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Siri, iPhone and iTunes are trademarks for Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries.
7Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.
8Not compatible with all devices.
8The system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi-compatible mobile device. Some phones have built-in wireless charging technology and others require a special adaptor/back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.chevrolet.com/learn or consult your carrier.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

2021 CHEVROLET TAHOE & SUBURBAN PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINES

Type: 5.3L V-8 VVT DI with Dynamic Fuel Management and Stop/Start
Bore & Stroke
(in / mm):
3.78 x 3.62 / 96 x 92
Block & Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Fuel Delivery: Direct high-pressure fuel injection with Dynamic Fuel Management
Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
355 / 265 @ 5600 (SAE certified)
Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
383 / 519 @ 4100 (SAE certified)
Type: 6.2L V-8 VVT DI with Dynamic Fuel Management and Stop/Start
Bore & Stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92
Block & Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Fuel Delivery: Direct high-pressure fuel injection with Dynamic Fuel Management
Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
420 / 313 @ 5600 (SAE certified)
Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
460 / 623 @ 4100 (SAE certified)
Type: 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbo-Diesel
Bore & Stroke (in / mm): 3.30 x 3.54 / 84 x 90
Block & Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery: High-pressure, common-rail direct injection (36,250 psi / 2500 bar); electronic throttle valve
Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
277 / 207 @ 3750 (GM estimated)
Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
460 / 623 @ 1500 (GM estimated)

 

TRANSMISSION & AXLE

Type: Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic
Final Drive Ratio: 3.23 (with all engines)

 

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

Front Suspension: Independent coil-over-shocks and stabilizer bar; available Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control
Rear Suspension: Independent multilink with coil-over shocks and stabilizer bar; available Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control
Steering Type: Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Brake Type: Four-wheel disc with ABS; vented front and rear DuralifeTM rotors
Wheel Size: 18-in aluminum (standard)
20-in aluminum (available)
22-in aluminum (available)
Tires: P265/65R18 all-season
P275/60R20 all-season or all-terrain
P275/50R22 all-season

 

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
                                                                                                 

TAHOE SUBURBAN
Wheelbase
(in / mm):
120.9 / 3071 134.1 / 3407
Overall Length
(in / mm):
210.7 / 5351 225.7 / 5732
Overall Width
(in / mm):
81.0 / 2058 81.1 / 2059
Overall Height
(in / mm):
75.9 / 1927 75.7 / 1923
Track (in / mm): 68.5 / 1741 (front)
68.3 / 1734 (rear)
68.5 / 1741 (front)
68.3 / 1734 (rear)

 

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

TAHOE SUBURBAN
Headroom
(in / mm):
42.3 / 1074 (first row)
38.9 / 988 (second row)
38.2 / 970 (third row)
42.3 / 1074 (first row)
38.8 / 988 (second row)
38.2 / 970 (third row)
Legroom
(in / mm):
44.5 / 1131 (first row)
42 / 1068 (second row)
34.9 / 886 (third row)
44.5 / 1131 (first row)
42 / 1068 (second row)
36.7 / 933 (third row)
EPA Passenger Volume
(cu ft / L):
168.4 / 4768 170.4 / 4826
Cargo Volume^
(cu ft / L):
122.9 / 3479 (behind first row)
72.7 / 2058 (behind second row)
25.5 / 722 (behind third row)
144.7 / 4097 (behind first row)
92.9 / 2632 (behind second row)
41.1 / 1164 (behind third row)

s^Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

GMC Reveals the Next-Generation Yukon and Yukon XL

Lineup is headlined by more upscale Denali and first-ever AT4

2020-01-14

VAIL, Colo.  Today GMC introduced the next-generation of its flagship SUVs, the 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL, enhanced by offering class-leading technology and elevated by precisely-engineered capability.

“GMC Yukon is the full-size premium SUV that’s made to be used,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “The new Yukon delivers what customers value most – premium features, purposeful technology and all-terrain capability.”

The 2021 Yukon lineup is headlined by an all-new and more upscale Denali and the first-ever Yukon AT4, taking Yukon into the premium off-road space. Yukon reaches a higher level of precise craftsmanship and premium accommodations through a combination of advanced features and class-leading technologies, including:

  • All-new interior design across the Yukon lineup, highlighted by a Denali-exclusive interior and a new, class-leading available Power Sliding Center Console.
  • First-in-class, available, four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension delivers exceptional ride comfort and, when 4WD LO is engaged, allows drivers to raise the body up to 2 inches (50 mm) for additional ground clearance when traveling off-road (late availability).
  • An available nine camera views1, the most in the segment, increase driver awareness, including High Definition Surround Vision, Rear Camera Mirror and GMC’s ProGrade trailering system.
  • Class-leading available 15-inch-diagonal multicolor Head-Up Display projects speed, navigation, safety features and other driver-centric information when properly equipped.
  • The most powerful engine in the full-size SUV segment, an all-new 6.2L V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management (standard on Denali) delivers an estimated 420 horsepower, paired with a standard 10-speed transmission.
  • All-new available Active Response 4WDTM System combines technologies including an electronic Limited Slip Differential, to continuously monitor road conditions and react to improve traction, handling and overall control.

The Quintessential Denali
The 2021 Yukon Denali debuts a more confident stance and improved proportions enabled by its longer wheelbase and new chassis. As bold as the new exterior design is, the biggest stories are found inside the new Yukon.

Denali, GMC’s premium luxury sub-brand, has driven much of the brand’s consistent growth in recent years by adding an elevated level of design and premium craftsmanship. Introduced on the 1999 Yukon, Denali has since grown to include all GMC product lines but has always been synonymous with Yukon. About 60 percent of Yukon buyers select Denali, making it a focal point for the next-generation design.

“Yukon was the model in which Denali originated in 1999, and now more than 20 years later, we’re introducing the quintessential Denali,” says Helen Emsley, executive director of Global Buick and GMC Design. “It delivers a first-class experience with an all-new, exclusive interior and a bolder, more distinctive exterior design.”

For the first time, Denali models now have an exclusive interior – a completely new instrument panel, unique seats and a choice among four unique color themes, each with its own personality – outfitted with premium and authentic materials.

Each of the four color themes include authentic wood trim, with a fully natural look and texture. Leather surfaces are cut and stitched by hand in a unique Denali pattern.

Denali’s trademark Galvano chrome grille is larger and more detailed, with a precise dimensional pattern featuring over 10,000 individual reflective surfaces. Advanced lighting technology distinguishes the Yukon Denali from other SUVs. GMC’s C-shaped front lighting signature is conveyed through a prominent “light blade” that delivers uniform LED illumination for the daytime running lamps. LEDs are also used for the headlamps, taillamps, fog lamps and other illuminative elements, with lenses constructed from durable material with an almost crystalline quality.

As always, Denali offers the highest level of premium features and content in the new Yukon and Yukon XL. Highlights include:

  • High Definition Surround Vision1 camera
  • 15-inch-diagonal multicolor Head-Up Display
  • Rear Pedestrian Alert1
  • Fourth-generation Magnetic Ride Control
  • Premium available options, including 22-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Active Response 4WDTMSystem

Class-Leading Power Sliding Center Console
The Yukon’s new first-class interior features a Power Sliding Center Console, available on Denali, AT4 and SLT. The main storage console between the driver and passenger seats can slide back up to 10 inches (254 mm), offering an expansive storage area that enhances overall storage flexibility and organization.

When the console slides back, drivers gain access to an open space for a purse or bag, and an additional hidden drawer underneath the console’s main storage bin, which provides secure storage and additional peace of mind.

First-Ever Yukon AT4
Following the breakout popularity of the new Sierra AT4 pickup and the more recently launched Sierra HD AT4 and Acadia AT4, the new Yukon AT4 is squarely focused on rugged adventure. GMC will offer the new AT4 sub-brand across all product lines by the end of 2020.

Yukon AT4 provides premium off-road inspired design cues to match its strong capability. The first-ever Yukon AT4 features a unique front fascia that both visually carries the rugged all-terrain look and supports off-road capability. Coupled with the available four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, the AT4 can raise and offer an additional 2 inches (50 mm) of ground clearance. When at this maximum height, the Yukon AT4 offers a nearly 32-degree approach angle for added off-road capability. AT4 provides a contrast to Denali’s chrome-oriented look around the exterior, with trim characterized by body color or dark accents throughout, as well as a pair of red recovery hooks, similar to the Sierra AT4.

Key features of the AT4 include:

  • Two-speed transfer case
  • 20-inch Goodyear® all-terrain tires
  • Traction Select System with off-road mode
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Skid plates protecting key areas of the underbody
  • AT4-exclusive leather appointed seats and stitching
  • Unique Jet Black interior color theme with Brandy accents
  • Heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row outboard seats

“Our mission with the next-generation Yukon was to create an off-road capable vehicle with a premium interior, advanced technology and class-leading space for eight people and their cargo,” said Jim Danahy, executive chief engineer of full-size trucks.

Elevating Capability with Active Response 4WDTM System and Advanced Chassis Controls
The heart of the new Yukon is its all-new Active Response 4WDTM System, a combination of technical systems including: auto two-speed transfer case, Traction Select, chassis controls and a new electronic Limited Slip Differential. Coupled with the new multilink independent rear suspension, the Yukon offers the ride sophistication and isolating characteristics typically associated with smaller vehicles but scaled for the capability requirements of GMC’s full-size SUV customers.  

The available four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension offers ride-height adjustments of up to 4 inches (100 mm) total, as well as an automatic self-leveling feature. Drivers can raise the body up to 2 inches (50 mm) for additional ground clearance when driving off-road.

In higher speed highway driving, the system automatically lowers Yukon’s ride height ¾ inch (20 mm) to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. A driver-selectable setting enacts a 2-inch (50 mm) drop to aid passenger entry and exit when the vehicle is parked. The self-leveling feature helps with comfort and control, particularly when the vehicle is loaded with cargo and when trailering.

Magnetic Ride Control, a technology pioneered on exotic sports cars, enables both precise body control and handling capability. It is one of the fastest-reacting damping systems in the industry, using sensors to continually read the road and alter the damping rate of the shocks almost instantly. It reacts much faster than traditional shock absorbers to reduce bouncing, body roll and vibrations that can often resonate in a large SUV.

The available electronic Limited Slip Differential manages torque laterally across the vehicle for increased confidence on the road. The eLSD has the ability to preemptively manage axle torque and vehicle behavior based upon multiple vehicle inputs. If wheelslip is detected on either side, eLSD reacts quickly to shift power to the wheel with better traction. With cues taken from sports cars, the eLSD offers unmatched handling characteristics with an improved level of performance not seen before in a full-size SUV. On the Yukon, this new eLSD has the ability to engage the differential, offering the capability customers need in a more refined package. In 4WD LO, the eLSD operates at locking torque to prevent wheelslip in off-road conditions.

These technologies utilize performance car engineering to expand the bandwidth of the premium full-size SUV to deliver a wider array of all-terrain capabilities, secure performance in adverse weather and confidence in everyday driving.

Class-Leading Power and Interior Space
Yukon and Yukon XL drivers will have their choice among three engine options, highlighted by an all-new version of the lauded 6.2L V8 engine, delivering 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, more than any competitor. The standard engine is an all-new 5.3L V8. The 5.3L and 6.2L engines feature stop/start technology and new Dynamic Fuel Management that enables the engine to operate on two to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency.

Yukon’s propulsion lineup expands for 2021, as drivers can also select an available all-new 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine. The new diesel builds on GMC’s expertise with Duramax turbo-diesels offered in Sierra, Sierra HD and Canyon models.

All three engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and GMC’s Electronic Precision Shift push-button gear selector. Yukon and Yukon XL are expected to be the most fuel-efficient full-size SUVs with the Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel engine.

Gains in Interior Space
Long renowned for its substantial interior capacity, the 2021 Yukon grows even more in terms of usable space for customers. With a nearly 5-inch-longer (127 mm) wheelbase and 6.1 inch (155 mm) increase in overall length compared to the current model, it offers 41 percent more third-row legroom and 66 percent greater cargo volume behind the third row.

On the Yukon, space gain is achieved efficiently – the increase in overall length is less than 3 percent, while maximum cargo room increases by 30 percent. Yukon XL retains its crown as GMC’s roomiest SUV for both passengers and cargo, benefitting from a 4.1 inch (104 mm) increase in wheelbase. The result is an increase in both passenger and cargo space, with only a fractional change (less than 1%) to Yukon XL’s overall length. Both vehicles now have a lower, flatter cargo-loading floor allowing easier access to cargo space.

  2020 Yukon   2021 Yukon Change

Wheelbase (inches)

116

120.9

+4.9

Overall Length (inches)

203.9

210.0

+6.1

Legroom – Third Row

24.8

34.9

+10.1

Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet)

15.3

25.5

+10.2

Maximum Cargo Room
(cubic feet)

94.7

122.9

+28.2

 

  2020 Yukon XL 2021 Yukon XL Change

Wheelbase (inches)

130

134.1

+4.1

Overall Length (inches)

224.3

225.2

+0.9

Legroom – Third Row (inches)

34.5

36.7

+2.2

Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cubic feet)

39.3

41.1

+1.8

Maximum Cargo Room
(cubic feet)

121.7

144.7

+23

 

On both vehicles, access to the third row is easier than ever, thanks to new sliding second-row seats that improve ingress and egress. The second-row seat can slide 5.5 inches (140 mm), a first for Yukon passengers.

Yukon features key advanced technologies, including:

  • Broader availability of active safety features, including Automatic Emergency Braking1 standard on all models. Additional available features include HD Surround Vision Camera1, Rear Camera Mirror1, new Rear Pedestrian Alert1 and more.
  • New trailering features designed to help improve the hitching experience and driving confidence when towing a trailer, including trailer profiles, trailer tire pressure/temperature monitoring and Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert1.
  • New secure digital vehicle platform with five times the processing power to support the vehicles’ new and enhanced technologies.

The all-new 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL go on sale this summer with production taking place at General Motors’ Arlington, Texas assembly facility2. More details and complete specifications will be released closer to production.

About GMC
With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @GMC or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

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1 Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important feature limitations and information.
2Of globally sourced parts

2021 Cadillac Escalade Elevates the Extraordinary

2020-02-04

  • Industry-first curved OLED display technology
  • Industry-first AKG audio technology
  • Segment-first available Super Cruise driver assistance technology

LOS ANGELES – Cadillac today unveiled the all-new 2021 Escalade, completely redesigned with pioneering technologies that add new dimension to the iconic luxury SUV.

Featuring exclusive, first-to-market technology advances including a curved Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) screen, the first AKG automotive audio system and Cadillac’s acclaimed Super Cruise driver assistance technology, the fifth-generation of Cadillac’s flagship expands on its more than 20 years of segment-defining leadership.

“There is something special about driving an Escalade,” said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. “It has the bold presence and exclusive technology to elevate the extraordinary and make every drive feel like an occasion.”  

Launching in the third quarter this year in North America, the 2021 Escalade has been completely redesigned to deliver improved driving dynamics and significantly greater passenger and cargo capacities.

“The 2021 Escalade takes its leadership into a new era of mobility, with comprehensive upgrades that are transformative to the driving experience,” said Carlisle. ”It’s more than a new Escalade. It’s a new experience.”

SEE AND BE SEEN

  • Industry-first curved OLED screen technology
  • Augmented Reality-enabled navigation with a live forward camera view
  • Bold exterior and interior designs

The 2021 Escalade features OLED and camera technologies developed to enhance driver vision, while its signature design evolves and strengthens, with added layers of craftsmanship and unique appearances for Sport and Luxury models.

Industry-first curved OLED display technology

Escalade’s industry-first curved OLED display offers more than 38 inches of total diagonal display area, with twice the pixel density of a 4K television. The technology delivers bold imagery, perfect blacks and the largest color range of any automotive display in production today.

The system includes three screens: a 7.2-inch-diagonal touch control panel driver information center to the driver’s left, a 14.2-inch-diagonal cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 16.9-inch-diagonal Infotainment screen to the driver’s right. The OLED is paper-thin, and its curvature positions the displays for optimal visibility.

The vivid color and visual quality of OLED technology also eliminates the need for the common “hood” shrouding many typical in-vehicle screens, creating a brighter and less cluttered environment.

The Escalade incorporates several other advanced, vision-oriented features, including:

  • All-new, available Augmented Reality-enabled navigation, which uses live street views with directional overlays and more to enhance driving directions.
  • Surround Vision, a standard feature that employs four exterior cameras to provide a 2-megapixel bird’s-eye view of the scene around the vehicle.
  • An available Trailering Integration Package, which offers up to nine camera views (including rear camera guidelines) to support easier hitching. The package also includes an integrated trailer brake controller and a trailering app that offers trailer profiles, tire pressure and temperature monitoring, and an Extended Side Blind Zone Alert.
  • Rear Camera Mirror, an available feature that streams a rear-facing camera view on the conventional inside mirror screen.
  • Night Vision, an available feature that uses infrared technology to enhance forward visibility, including detection of pedestrians and large animals, projected on the center cluster display.
  • New rear-seat entertainment features a pair of 12.6-inch-diagonal independent touch displays with navigation as well as streaming capability to play games, music and videos through HDMI and USB inputs. The screens can also mirror Android smartphones. Additionally, destination “suggestions” can be “sent” by rear passengers to the front navigation screen, for the driver to accept or decline.

FEATURE FOCUS: AUGMENTED REALITY-ENABLED NAVIGATION

Augmented Reality Navigation is a new, available feature with the 2021 Escalade’s turn-by-turn navigation. A live street view in front of the vehicle is projected on the cluster display with turn indicators and other directional information overlaid on the scene. It includes features such as direction-based audio prompts. For example, a “turn left” audio prompt comes through the left speakers to further emphasize the navigation instruction – with the volume increasing as the turn approaches.


Be seen: Escalade presence   

“Escalade has always made a bold statement that says you’ve arrived,” said Therese Pinazzo, exterior design manager. “We have updated that statement for a new era, adding layers of sophistication. The goal was to create a new Escalade that is unmistakable at a glance, and then rewards you with greater details on the second or even third read.”

Escalade maintains Cadillac’s signature vertical lighting element, but the new interpretation adds a sleek, horizontal headlamp to reinforce a broad, confident stance. The tall, vertical, rear light signature continues but adds deep three-dimensional layers and finishes with detailed etching. Twenty-two-inch wheels are standard and strengthen Escalade’s bold appearance.

The added layers of detail extend to unique trim elements and grille textures. Escalade will offer Cadillac’s Sport trim for the first time, featuring a black mesh grille and black trim across the exterior. Luxury and Premium Luxury models showcase a bright Galvano finish, while Platinum models top the range, with unique interior and exterior details.

Interior Design

Escalade’s new interior design is heavily influenced by Cadillac’s Escala concept vehicle — a design that also debuted an OLED display — and breaks new ground with the first-ever Gideon Whisper Beige trim combination. This high-performance, high-fashion available interior is centered on a custom-woven fabric that adds a new level of style and ambience to the Escalade’s cabin.

“The expectations and desires of Escalade customers are factors everyone in the Cadillac design studio unequivocally understands,” said Phil Kucera, interior design manager. “This allowed us to reach greater levels of depth and detail than Escalade has ever had before.”

The new curved OLED display is the centerpiece of the interior, enabling designers to integrate and customize the entire environment, rather than simply inserting a standard rectangular screen into a conventional instrument panel. The result is a completely fresh, integrated cabin look that seamlessly blends the technology with handcrafted details.

A mix of electronic controls and physical switches offer intuitive operation of vehicle features. The OLED display includes touch-screen control for the center display, while the interior also includes a full-feature rotary dial controller and steering wheel controls. Additional touches include stainless-steel speaker grilles, intricate piping on the door panels and ambient lighting with a wide range of color choices.

The interior is further distinguished by no less than eight color and trim choices, which include unique seat designs, with custom perforation and quilting patterns.

FEATURE FOCUS: SOFT-CLOSE DOORS

With this available feature, an electric motor pulls each door closed to its primary position, after it has been closed over its secondary latch position, eliminating hard door slams.


HEAR AND BE HEARD

  • Industry-first AKG audio technology, led by a 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference system
  • Conversation Enhancement using microphones and AKG speakers for front- and rear-passenger communication
  • Intuitive audio navigation prompts indicating distance and direction instructions

Sound creates and heightens experiences. In the 2021 Escalade, that sense is elevated with the professional studio sound of AKG audio systems. 

Industry-first AKG audio technology

Known worldwide for microphones and headphones used by leading musicians in recording studios and live venues, AKG has brought its audio technology to the auto industry for the first time, exclusively for Cadillac.

The result is the Escalade’s available AKG Studio Reference system, 36 speakers powered by three amplifiers that deliver 28 channels, offering a listening experience that is astonishingly crisp and immersive. A standard AKG Studio system includes 19 speakers and a large enclosed subwoofer, powered by a 14-channel amplifier.

FAST FACT: AKG ORIGINS

AKG was founded in Vienna in 1947 by physicist Dr. Rudolf Goerike and engineer Ernst Pless; and the company quickly grew into one of the most prominent in sound technology.

In addition to its crisp sound output, AKG technology enables additional advanced features in the Escalade, including:

  • Studio 3D Surround creates professional-level sound through the multichannel audio system, with strategically placed speakers finely tuned to deliver sound like being with the artist in the recording studio. Additional speakers in the headliner help create a 360-degree immersive listening experience.
  • Conversation Enhancement. Vehicle communication is enhanced for front and rear passengers as their voices are captured by embedded microphones and reproduced in the designated zone using the 36-speaker system.
  • Audio Rendering for navigation. Turn-by-turn navigation instructions are more intuitive with audio prompts coming exclusively from the audio system’s left- or right-hand speakers, with the prompt moving nearer to the driver as the turn gets closer.
  • Front Passenger Volume Control. The front-seat passenger can take charge of his or her personal audio experience, with a dedicated volume control for each front seat (included with the Studio Reference system).

MOVE AND BE MOVED

  • Super Cruise driver assistance technology, a segment-first
  • Significant gains in second- and third-row seating space, and added cargo space
  • Enhanced driving dynamics with a new independent rear suspension and available Magnetic Ride Control, Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD)

Confident performance with advanced chassis technologies, a more spacious interior and leading driver-assistance technologies coalesce to offer an enhanced driving experience.

Super Cruise

The 2021 Escalade enters the future of mobility as the first full-size SUV with Super Cruise driver assistance technology. It enables hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of compatible highways in the United States and Canada, using LiDAR map data, high-precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system and a network of cameras and radar sensors.

The 2021 Escalade features an enhanced Super Cruise system with several new features and improvements, including automated lane change.  Automated lane change will allow the driver to direct the system to perform a single lane change using the turn signal to indicate the direction of the desired move.

Super Cruise’s driver attention system helps keep drivers engaged by detecting and signaling when drivers need to pay more attention to the road; and recent technology enhancements include dynamic lane offset, which can adjust the Escalade slightly over in its lane for driver comfort when other vehicles are passing in close proximity. Additionally, new messaging on the driver information center alerts drivers when Super Cruise may not be available in certain instances.

More room to move

The 2021 Escalade offers more room for passengers and their cargo. A new architecture and new chassis technologies have significantly expanded interior space, offering 40 percent more third-row legroom (34.9 inches / 886 mm) and a 68 percent increase in maximum cargo space behind the third row (25.5 cubic feet / 722 liters) in the standard-length model.

The dramatic increases in passenger and cargo space are due primarily to a longer wheelbase and longer overall vehicle length, compared to the previous model, as well as a new independent rear suspension, which enables a lower interior floor — features that not only expand the Escalade’s roominess, but improve comfort by allowing easier access to the second and third rows, as well as creating a more natural seating position for third-row occupants.

Third-row legroom increases more than 10 inches, giving Escalade one of the roomiest third rows in the segment, while the lower floor and increased vehicle length allow cargo space to expand.

“Escalade’s new architecture enables a unique series of wins for drivers and passengers,” said Tim Herrick, vice president for global product programs. “We greatly increased passenger space, expanded cargo carrying capability – and at the same time delivered significant enhancements to both ride quality and handling performance.”

Isolated precision

The most spacious Escalade ever is complemented with new and enhanced chassis technologies intended to deliver a responsive, precise driving experience that offers exceptional isolation from the road. Contributing elements include:

  • An all-new independent rear suspension fundamentally transforms the driving dynamics of the Escalade, allowing each rear wheel to handle road conditions separately to dramatically enhance ride quality, steering responsiveness and overall driver control.
  • Cadillac’s signature Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest reacting suspension technology, continues for Escalade. It uses sensors to continually “read” the road and alter the damping rate of the shocks almost instantly. It reacts much faster than computer-controlled shock absorbers to reduce vertical body motion, body roll and vibrations that can often resonate in a large SUV.
  • New Air Ride Adaptive Suspension is available as a new system that combines with Magnetic Ride Control. The Air Suspension delivers automatic load-leveling and ride-height adjustments continuously at all four wheels. In highway driving, the system automatically lowers the ride height to improve aerodynamics; and a driver-selectable setting lowers the suspension 2 inches (51 mm) to aid passenger entry and exit when the vehicle is parked. Drivers can also raise the body for additional ground clearance when driving off-road.
  • An electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) is available, offering more precise traction and power engagement for the rear wheels. Its infinitely variable clutch engagement delivers torque to the wheel with the most traction, including cornering and wet weather conditions.  

Escalade’s available and unique combination of Magnetic Ride Control, Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and eLSD offers exceptional body control and remarkable agility for a vehicle of its scale. Four-wheel drive is available on all models.

FEATURE FOCUS: INDEPENDENT THINKING

Escalade’s new multilink independent rear suspension is composed of three lateral arms, a large longitudinal arm, coil springs and a robust stabilizer bar, all of which enable the ride sophistication and isolating characteristics typically associated with smaller vehicles but scaled for the superior capability requirements of a full-size luxury SUV.

Power to move you

Confidence-inspiring performance remains a hallmark of the 2021 Escalade, with a new 6.2L V-8 engine offered as standard. With variable valve timing, stop/start and Dynamic Fuel Management technologies, it balances performance — 420 horsepower (313 kW) — with comparative efficiency.

For the first time ever, the Escalade is also offered with an available 3.0L turbo-diesel engine, which is designed to produce strong torque across the power band for confident performance and trailering capability. In fact, its 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of peak torque matches the 6.2L V-8.

Both engines are matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control; and a trailering package is standard on all models. An enhanced trailering experience is offered with the available Trailering Integration Package.

COMING THIS SUMMER

The all-new 2021 Escalade goes on sale in late-2020 in North America, with availability in other regions to follow. It is manufactured at GM’s Arlington, Texas assembly facility, which has received more than $1.4 billion in investments since 2015. The Arlington plant employs approximately 4,800 hourly and salaried personnel, and was recently upgraded with a new paint shop, body shop and additional assembly quality improvements to support the production of new SUVs.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Tara Kuhnen at 313.530.1143 or email tara.kuhnen@cadillac.com.

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* Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner.  The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times.  Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important feature limitations and information.

 

 

2021 CADILLAC ESCALADE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS (NORTH AMERICA)
ENGINES

 

6.2L V-8 VVT DI with Dynamic Fuel Management and Stop/Start

Bore & Stroke
(in / mm):

4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92

Block & Cylinder Head Material:

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

Overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing

Fuel Delivery:

Direct high-pressure fuel injection with Dynamic Fuel Management

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

420 / 313 @ 5600 (SAE certified)

Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

460 / 623 @ 4100 (SAE certified)

 

Duramax 3.0L DOHC I-6 Turbo-Diesel

Bore & Stroke (in / mm):

3.30 x 3.54 / 84 x 90

Block & Cylinder Head Material:

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder

Fuel Delivery:

High-pressure, common-rail direct injection (36,250 psi / 2500 bar); electronic throttle valve

Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):

277 / 207 @ 3750 (GM estimated)

Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

460 / 623 @ 1500 (GM estimated)

 

TRANSMISSION & AXLE

Type:

Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic

Final Drive Ratio:

3.23 (6.2L and 3.0L turbo-diesel)

 

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

Front Suspension:

Independent coil-over-shocks and stabilizer bar; available Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control

Rear Suspension:

Independent multilink with coil-over shocks and stabilizer bar; available Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control

Steering Type:

Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion

Brake Type:

Four-wheel disc with ABS; vented front and rear DuralifeTM rotors

Wheel Size:

22-in aluminum

Tire Size:

P275/50R22 all-season

 

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

 

ESCALADE

ESCALADE ESV

Wheelbase
(in / mm):

120.9 / 3071

134.1 / 3407

Overall Length
(in / mm):

211 / 5382

226.9 / 5766

Overall Width
(in / mm):

81.0 / 2059

81.1 / 2059

Overall Height
(in / mm):

76.6 / 1948

76.4 / 1942

Track (in / mm):

68.5 /1737 (front)
68.3 / 1730 (rear)

68.5 / 1737 (front)
68.3 / 1730 (rear)

 

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

 

ESCALADE

ESCALADE ESV

Headroom
(in / mm):

42.3 / 1074 (first row)
38.9 / 988 (second row)
38.2 / 970 (third row)

42.3 / 1074 (first row)
38.9 / 988 (second row)
38.2 / 970 (third row)

Legroom
(in / mm):

44.5 / 1131 (first row)
41.7 / 1060 (second row)
34.9 / 886 (third row)

44.5 / 1131 (first row)
41.7 / 1060 (second row)
36.6 / 933 (third row)

Shoulder Room
(in / mm):

65.5 / 1664 (first row)
64.6 / 1641 (second row)
62.7 / 1592 (third row)

65.5 / 1664 (first row)
64.6 / 1641 (second row)
62.8 / 1595(third row)

Hip Room
(in / mm):

61.7 / 1567 (first row)
61.2 / 1554 (second row)
49.4 / 1255 (third row)

61.7 / 1567 (first row)
61.2 / 1554 (second row)
49.4 / 1256 (third row)

EPA Passenger Volume
(cu ft / L):

168.4 / 4733

170.4 / 4802

 

Curb Weight
(lb / kg):

TBD

TBD

Cargo Volume
(cu ft / L) ^:

109.1 / 3089 (behind first row)
63 / 1784 (behind second row)
25.5 / 722 (behind third row)

126.6 / 3585 (behind first row)
81.5 / 2308 (behind second row)
42.9 / 1214 (behind third row)

 

 

 

^Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

 

ESCALADE Content by Trim
Select Interior & Technology Features

FEATURE

LUXURY

PREMIUM LXURY

PLATINUM LUXURY

SPORT

PLATINUM SPORT

Leatherette seating

S

Mulan leather seating

S

S

Opus semi-aniline leather seating (first/second row – third row Mulan)

S

S

12-way power front seats

S

S

S

16-way power front seats with massage

S

S

Heated first/second row seats

S

S

S

S

S

Heated steering wheel

S

S

S

S

S

Memory (seats, mirrors and steering wheel)

S

S

S

S

S

Tri-zone climate control

S

S

S

S

S

Ionizer air cleaner

S

S

S

S

Hands-free power liftgate

S

S

S

S

S

RainSense wipers

S

S

S

S

S

Remote start

S

S

S

S

S

Power-release second row bucket seats

S

S

S

S

S

OLED instrument cluster and infotainment display

S

S

S

S

S

AKG Studio Sound 19-speaker audio system

S

S

S

AKG Studio Reference 36-speaker audio system

A

S

S

Cadillac User Experience

S

S

S

S

S

NFC phone pairing

S

S

S

S

S

Wireless charging

S

S

S

S

S

Two USB A and five USB C ports

S

S

S

S

S

Power second row bench seat

A

A

A

A

A

Panoramic sunroof

S

S

S

S

Soft-close doors

A

S

A

S

 

Propulsion & Chassis Technologies

FEATURE

LUXURY

PREMIUM LXURY

PLATINUM LUXURY

SPORT

PLATINUM SPORT

6.2L V-8 engine with stop/start

S

S

S

S

S

Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel with stop/start

A

A

10-speed automatic transmission

S

S

S

S

S

Electronic Transmission Range Selector

S

S

S

S

S

Four-wheel drive

A

A

A

A

A

Mechanical limited-slip differential

S

S

Electronic limited-slip differential

S

S

S

Independent rear suspension

S

S

S

S

S

Magnetic Ride Control

S

S

S

Four-corner air-ride adaptive suspension with selectable modes

A

S

A

S

Trailering package

S

S

S

S

S

Trailering integration package (incl. integrated brake controller, hitch assist guidelines, trailering app and camera)

S

S

S

22-inch wheels

S

S

S

S

S

 

Select Driver Awareness Technologies^

FEATURE

LUXURY

PREMIUM LXURY

PLATINUM LUXURY

SPORT

PLATINUM SPORT

Front Automatic Braking

S

S

S

S

S

Front & Rear Park Assist

S

S

S

S

S

Automatic Emergency Braking

S

S

S

S

S

Front Pedestrian Detection

S

S

S

S

S

Rear Pedestrian Detection

S

S

S

S

S

Safety Alert Seat

S

S

S

S

S

Lane Keep Assist

S

S

S

S

S

Forward Collision Alert

S

S

S

S

S

Adaptive Park Assist

S

S

S

S

Head-Up Display

S

S

S

S

Rear Camera Mirror

S

S

S

S

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

S

S

S

S

Side Blind Zone Alert

S

S

S

S

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

S

S

S

S

Lane Change Alert

S

S

S

S

Night Vision

A

A

A

A

Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced

A

S

A

S

Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking

A

S

A

S

Reverse Automatic Braking

A

S

A

S

Automatic Safety Belt Tightening

A

S

A

S

^Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important safety limitations and information.