Report: 2021 Cadillac Escalade to Start at $76,195

Citing unnamed sources, Cadillac Society reports that the next generation, 2021 Cadillac Escalade will start $76,195 with prices for unoptioned, RWD, standard-length versions running all the way up $101,745.

According to the report, the next level up, the Sport trim, will start $85,595 while the Premium Luxury trim, when equipped with the Performance Package, will start at $85,695.

The Performance Package adds an electronic limited-slip differential to the SUV, along with Magnetic Ride Control, and Cadillac’s Trailering Integration Package.

Finally, the Premium Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum trims will both reportedly start $101,745.

The redesigned Escalade will come with at least two engine options: the 6.2-liter V8 making 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque or a 3.0-liter diesel model making 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Both will send power to the wheels through a 10-speed Hydra-Matic transmission.

Cadillac also told us at an industry event that the Escalade will have 10.4 more inches of legroom in the third row thanks to sliding second-row seats and a redesigned cabin that allows 3rd-row passengers’ feet to sit more naturally and low.

It will also get a 36-speaker AKG sound system. AKG, in case you aren’t hip, is mostly in the business of making sound equipment for studios and concert halls, so it’s appropriate that a vehicle this vast uses them.

The point wasn’t just to make the Escalade extremely loud, according to Brian Wheeler, an AKG acoustic engineer and senior manager. The system was designed with that many speakers so that every seat could get its own 3D sound experience. With speakers in the pillars, the roof, and the headrests, the driver can get surround sound even if their passengers’ speakers are completely off.

“The 2021 Escalade takes its leadership into a new era of mobility, with comprehensive upgrades that are transformative to the driving experience,” says Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac, earlier this year. “It has the bold presence and exclusive technology to elevate the extraordinary and make every drive feel like an occasion.”

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