Your First Official Look at 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV

We had already heard that Cadillac wasn’t planning on showing off the longer version of the Escalade, the Escalade ESV, until the New York auto show in April. Well, here’s GM’s own digital version of it, months before the official launch.

It’s courtesy of Cadillac’s own just-launched 360 Visualizer, a piece of software designed to let you customize your 2021 Escalade to see what it would look like in real life. Well, sort of, at least.

Look at the bottom of the screen and you’ll see the slider to tick it from Escalade to Escalade ESV. Then you can watch the ESV stretch. The rear doors look longer, as they are on the Chevrolet and GMC versions, and the rear glass is extended too, both necessary since the ESV will likely be around 15-inches longer than the standard model. That’s assuming it maintains the same separation as Tahoe And Suburban.

Look at the rear of those back doors for the biggest differences. Where the Suburban and Yukon XL have a large body-colored pillar, the Escalade ESV has added a gloss black trim piece, with a large swath of chrome behind it. The extra Cadillac crest on the new black panel is a particularly classy touch.

It gives the ESV the look of one of Cadillac’s longer Fleetwood models from the 1960s and ’70s. The not-quite limousines, but definitely more impressive than standard sedan versions. The top of the trim and the top of the door line don’t quite mesh, but we think the seams are much more prominent in this digital version than they would be in a real production car. We’ll see a whole lot more of this one in April, but until then, enjoy.