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Brought to life over 20 years ago, the Cadillac Escalade sure has come a long way since it was just a luxury model of the GMC Yukon. Although it may have its own look now, the 2021 Escalade is still far from a run away success.
Seems someone at Cadillac thought that it would be great to make the XT6 grow up. This did somewhat work, but a lack of real attitude makes this generation of the Escalade rather dull. Sure, the Escalade still escues the same large luxury profile it always has, but its cheap new age grille really takes away some of that prestige from the front end. Add to that some lights borrowed from a 2006 Suburban and really cheap plastic cladding and you have the makings of an unrefined front end.
Out back they did however keep the oversized tail lights, which this time have been tinted to blend into the rear a bit better. This also helps add a bit more class to the rear as well. A bit lower you will find that Cadillac has done one thing we are proud of and that is integrated the proper size and shape to their exhaust port.
However the good times stop their as this generation has lost the key feature which makes a luxury model luxurious. A lack of chrome accents really takes away from the luxury appeal of this model and its not only found on the rear, but also along the side. The front does have that oversized grille to make up for this downfall, but overall the 2021 Escalade does have a lack of chrome.
This lack of chrome is carried over to the sport model which really doesn't have much class within its features. It does utilize black accents rather nicely, but even that isn't enough to put this model over the top. I guess no one at Cadillac has ever played NFS Underground and taken a look at how the aftermarket world puts this model together.
You can really see how Cadillac losts its way when you look over both models set of rims. Neither model has any really sense of class as the sport model utilizes the Yukon's and the standard model utilizes the previous generations. We are not saying that the previous generation had bad rims, but we are saying that they could have added the same chrome effect to them as that of the 2006 - 2013 model. At least that generation had a bit of bling with it and when their competition is already doing this with their model, maybe its time for Cadillac to step up their game.
Overall the new generation of Escalade is decent, but it could have been a lot better. A good overall greenhouse gives this generation a more streamlined look, but a lack of true luxury appeal brings this model down a grade. Could this be the generation that pushes this nameplate into the premium ring, or is Cadillac waiting to release their true luxury model. We can only hope so as we miss the days when you could be proud to own an Escalade as it stood out from the crowd. But for 2021 it seems that Cadillac wants you to lose your model in the Wal-Mart parking lot, as it blends into mainstream design.