The Cadillac Escalade is all-new for the 2021 model year.
CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing will soon debut.
Production version of the fully electric Cadillac Lyriq to be unveiled this year.
In addition to the existing lineup of sedans, crossovers and SUVs, Cadillac’s future will include new electrified utility vehicles, a new flagship sedan and—perhaps further ahead in the future—some unique autonomous vehicles. Until then, here’s what to expect from the Cadillac brand in 2021.
First and foremost, the Cadillac Lyriq midsize crossover will arrive in early 2022, and we’ll be seeing the final production version sometime this year. The vehicle will be built on GM’s new BEV3 in addition to using Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive electric motors, while rear-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains will be available. The brand is announcing a driving range beyond 300 miles or 480 kilometres on a single charge as well as charging speeds of up to 150 kW.
Two other electric crossovers will arrive by 2025, perhaps even earlier, and will be called Cadillac Optiq and Cadillac Symboliq. There will also be a full-size electric SUV based on the same BT1 platform that will underpin the upcoming GMC Hummer EV, and it could wear the Escalade nameplate, although that has yet to be confirmed.
At this year’s virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the brand also presented the Cadillac Personal Autonomous Vehicle, a sumptuous room on wheels, in addition to the Cadillac Vertical Take-Off And Landing vehicle, a single-seat autonomous drone that can transport its owner from rooftop to rooftop instead of battling gridlock traffic.
There’s also the Cadillac Celestiq, a hand-built, limited-production flagship electric sedan that could cost as much as $200K and feature an extremely sophisticated and luxurious cockpit. We might see more of it over the course of the year, but it’s not due in the market before 2023 at the earliest.
Back to the realm of current production cars. The Cadillac CT4 is the brand’s entry-level sedan, featuring Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trim levels. It’s equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four that develops 237 horsepower, although a turbo 2.7L inline-four with 310 hp is optional, as is AWD. The CT4-V also relies on the 2.7L engine, but with its output raised to 325 hp, along with a sportier suspension and looks to match. In just a few days, we’ll discover the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing, which will make its official debut and should be equipped with a twin-turbo 3.6L V6 producing about 450 horsepower—with six-speed manual and automatic transmission choices. Changes for 2021 include paint colour swaps, the availability of Super Cruise, a Diamond Sky Edition appearance package, a new 12.3-inch driver instrument panel, wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto integration as well as minor trim revisions.
The Cadillac CT5 is available in the same trim levels as the CT4, along with upper-crust Premium Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum variants. A turbo 2.0L four with 237 horsepower is standard, while the uplevel engine is a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with 335 hp, both offered with RWD or AWD. The CT5-V benefits from a 360-hp version of the V6, and the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing will soon appear packing a supercharged 6.2L V8 good for about 650 horsepower. The 2021 CT5 receives almost exactly the same updates as the CT4.
Although it’s still on sale in China, the Cadillac CT6, along with its high-performance CT6-V counterpart, has been discontinued after 2020.
The bottom-rung crossover is the Cadillac XT4, which gets colour changes, some equipment reshuffling as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among other things. The XT4 features a turbocharged 2.0L four with 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, connected to either a front-wheel or an all-wheel drivetrain.
Next up is the Cadillac XT5, which enters the 2021 model year with paint colour replacements, new alloy wheel designs in addition to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A turbo 2.0L four with 235 horsepower and FWD are standard, while a 310-hp 3.6L V6 and AWD are both available.
A new base Luxury trim level has been added to the Cadillac XT6 for 2021, which features the turbo 2.0L engine that’s found in many other models here, producing 235 horsepower. Meanwhile, Premium Luxury and Sport variants, in addition to their Platinum packages, are all equipped with a 310-hp 3.6L V6, with AWD figuring as an option in the U.S. and as standard in Canada. We’ll sound like a broken record here, but paint colour and alloy wheel changes as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are the other noteworthy updates for 2021.
Last but not least, the Cadillac Escalade is all-new for 2021, once again offered in regular- and extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV configurations. The SUV is equipped as standard with a 420-horsepower 6.2L V8, although for the first time in history, the Escalade can be specified with a diesel engine, in this case a turbo 3.0L inline-six that delivers 277 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque. Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trims are available, the latter two also offering a Platinum package with even more features and a richer interior. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the U.S., while 4WD is optional, but the only way to go in Canada.