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    Spied: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Testing Alongside Lincoln Navigator

    2021 Cadillac Escalade spy shots.
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    By: Viknesh Vijayenthiran


    Behold the latest spy shots of Cadillac's next-generation Escalade.

    The new flagship SUV is due out next year as a 2021 model and will bring with it major weight savings, a significant uptick in style, and loads of new technology to combat Lincoln's impressive Navigator. In fact, the Lincoln rival can be seen in some of the shots, confirming it's being used as a benchmark for the new Escalade.

    General Motors is in the process of redesigning its full-size fleet around the T1XX body-on-frame platform for SUVs and pickups. The platform is an evolution of the current K2XX design and swaps out some steel for aluminum to shed the pounds.

    We hear it might help the new Escalade shed close to 300 pounds compared to the current model. The platform also brings the option of independent rear suspension, which the spy shots confirm will feature in the redesigned Escalade. This should significantly improve ride comfort and handling over the solid rear previously fitted to the luxury SUV.

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    LOL at all the FORD fans in this thread thinking they got a one up. This is the Yukon Denali and trust me it's going to blow away the Navigator. Escalade is gunning for RR/Bentley level of interiors and beyond. I've talked to someone about this on another site that confirmed it Navigator isn't even being bench-marked at Cadillac too low for them.
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    Well, looks like the person who posted the "inside news" about the new Escalade quoted in my sig was wrong, color me shocked.

    That said...

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    LOL at all the FORD fans in this thread thinking they got a one up. This is the Yukon Denali and trust me it's going to blow away the Navigator. Escalade is gunning for RR/Bentley level of interiors and beyond. I've talked to someone about this on another site that confirmed it Navigator isn't even being bench-marked at Cadillac too low for them.
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    Re: Spied: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Testing Alongside Lincoln Navigator

    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post
    Well, looks like the person who posted the "inside news" about the new Escalade quoted in my sig was wrong, color me shocked.

    That said...
    LMAO, I was chomping at the bit when I saw that headline to make the post you just did.

    Guess his forum chat buddy didn't know as much as Greggy boy was hoping.

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    Re: Spied: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Testing Alongside Lincoln Navigator

    Just me or is that rear suspension way too visible/hanging low? Hard to tell anything now, but sadly, with recent GM models coming out of the oven too soon I'm not putting much hope into these new full size SUV's.

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    Re: Spied: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Testing Alongside Lincoln Navigator

    Quote Originally Posted by ranchman View Post
    Just me or is that rear suspension way too visible/hanging low? Hard to tell anything now, but sadly, with recent GM models coming out of the oven too soon I'm not putting much hope into these new full size SUV's.
    Here, at GMinside, we always hope for a better GM !
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    Re: Spied: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Testing Alongside Lincoln Navigator

    Quote Originally Posted by ranchman View Post
    Just me or is that rear suspension way too visible/hanging low? Hard to tell anything now, but sadly, with recent GM models coming out of the oven too soon I'm not putting much hope into these new full size SUV's.
    But if you look, the body is riding way high off the ground and there's a whole lot of gap between the tires and wheelwell. I don't know why they are set that high. Bigger wheels and tires are going to put it higher in the air so... something weird is going on with these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    But if you look, the body is riding way high off the ground and there's a whole lot of gap between the tires and wheelwell. I don't know why they are set that high. Bigger wheels and tires are going to put it higher in the air so... something weird is going on with these.
    It is riding very high. It HAS to have adjustable air suspension so I wonder if it's in off road mode or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranchman View Post
    Just me or is that rear suspension way too visible/hanging low? Hard to tell anything now, but sadly, with recent GM models coming out of the oven too soon I'm not putting much hope into these new full size SUV's.
    Not just you. Looks like ass with about 4 inches ground clearance. At the very least, an issue for sloped driveways where they meet level pavement..

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    Quote Originally Posted by criticalmass View Post
    Not just you. Looks like ass with about 4 inches ground clearance. At the very least, an issue for sloped driveways where they meet level pavement..
    Not really. The wheels will always keep that spot 4" above the bottom of the wheels. It's the front overhangs where it becomes a problem.

    Spoken as someone who has a 19 degree driveway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Not really. The wheels will always keep that spot 4" above the bottom of the wheels. It's the front overhangs where it becomes a problem.

    Spoken as someone who has a 19 degree driveway.
    Makes sense.

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    Not only was GB wrong about Cadillac using Navigator as a benchmark, it also looks like Cadillac has raised the height of Escalade by at least two inches to either match or exceed the Lincoln.

    It's a mark of professional respect that Cadillac uses the Lincoln to make Escalade better and kinda cool seeing the two brands together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post
    Well, looks like the person who posted the "inside news" about the new Escalade quoted in my sig was wrong, color me shocked.

    That said...


    Love that

    I'm sure it will be fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpd80 View Post


    Not only was GB wrong about Cadillac using Navigator as a benchmark, it also looks like Cadillac has raised the height of Escalade by at least two inches to either match or exceed the Lincoln.

    It's a mark of professional respect that Cadillac uses the Lincoln to make Escalade better and kinda cool seeing the two brands together.

    I'm guessing the pictures of the 'Real' Escalade interior can't be that far off, but will probably be mis-identified as the 'Yukon'!.

    Escalade is definitely going to extend further up market, but I doubt in the short term that Cadillac is positioning it as an alternative to a Bentley. Navigator will for sure be in the Cadillac's cross hairs, but The Escalade is going to be punching higher than that, at least with some versions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post
    Well, looks like the person who posted the "inside news" about the new Escalade quoted in my sig was wrong, color me shocked.

    That said...


    The interior is very nice, with a DASH OF CLASS that IMO the Navigator lacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKH View Post
    I'm guessing the pictures of the 'Real' Escalade interior can't be that far off, but will probably be mis-identified as the 'Yukon'!.

    Escalade is definitely going to extend further up market, but I doubt in the short term that Cadillac is positioning it as an alternative to a Bentley. Navigator will for sure be in the Cadillac's cross hairs, but The Escalade is going to be punching higher than that, at least with some versions.
    Of course, the whole point of bench marking is to exceed what the competitor has achieved. Striving to emulate Bentley while not getting there is still an admirable goal.

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