There's nothing basic about the base Escalade, now called the
Escalade Luxury. The Luxury has 12-way power-adjustable leatherette seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, 3-zone climate control, a power lift gate, the OLED information panel and a 19-speaker audio system. What's more, it has seven USB ports, wireless smartphone charging, a standard trailering package and a good safety suite that includes automatic emergency braking. You can order it with the 6.2-liter gasoline V8 engine or the no-added-cost turbodiesel 3.0-liter inline-six. The
Escalade Premium Luxury model ups the luxury quotient with a genuine leather interior, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display and a rear camera mirror. This model also features lane-keeping assist and a blind spot monitoring system. The
Escalade Platinum Luxury is even more opulent. In addition to a rich semi-aniline interior leather and massaging seats, this model has a 36-speaker sound system, soft-close doors, adaptive cruise control, automatic reverse braking and a package that makes hooking up a trailer a lot easier. The Escalade Platinum Luxury and
Escalade Platinum Sport are the only two models that come standard with Magnetic Ride Control and Air Suspension. Both of those highly desirable systems are optional on the
Escalade Sport, which is distinguished by a different type of interior leather and a black mesh grille. The diesel engine, again, is available as a no-cost option on the 2021 Escalade. 4WD, available on all new Escalades, adds an extra $3,000, as does ordering the Suburban-length Escalade ESV model. The Escalade Luxury, the Platinum Luxury and the Platinum Sport trims are available with a power second-row bench seat, and the latter two can be ordered with Night Vision, which provides drivers with an infrared image of the area beyond the range of the Escalade's headlights. Pedestrians and large animals show up clearly with Night Vision. A 36-speaker AKG audio system is optional on the Escalade Premium Luxury, as are soft-close doors and an electronic limited-slip differential. Other options on the Premium Luxury include Magnetic Ride Control, Air Suspension, Night Vision, reverse automatic braking and a more advanced level of adaptive cruise control. A few packages are available on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade -- such as a Driver Assist and Tech Package, a Z66 Performance Package and a Heavy-Duty Trailering Package -- but many options are available as standalone extras. Notable among them: Super Cruise ($2,500), power-assist side steps ($1,750), the 36-speaker AKG stereo ($4,300), Night Vision ($2,000), a console cooler ($2,000), a rear-seat entertainment system ($1,995) and 22-in multispoke alloy wheels ($1,995).