View Photos of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade Diesel

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Michael SimariCar and Driver

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s new 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine option comes at no extra charge and complements a smooth ride with an excellent, fuel-sipping powertrain. The diesel is significantly less powerful than the standard gas-powered 6.2-liter V-8, but it has the same 460 pound-feet of torque.

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Our test car came equipped with GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving tech, a $2500 option, which was introduced on the CT6 sedan and can operate on more than 200,000 miles of highways in the U.S.

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The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is the only vehicle currently available with Super Cruise, but upcoming cars like the Chevrolet Bolt EUV and GMC Hummer EV will be available with the hands-free tech.

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The Escalade has a new 3.0-liter diesel six-cylinder option—a 6.2-liter V-8 is standard—that produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

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For Escalades equipped with the diesel option, which comes at no extra charge, the EPA estimates 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

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Our test car came equipped with an available air suspension and GM’s latest magnetorheological dampers.

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GM’s new full-size SUV models, which include the Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon, now have an independent rear suspension that allows for more interior space, especially in the third row.

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Escalades with the diesel option are rated to tow 200 pounds less than those equipped with the gas-powered 6.2-liter V-8.

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In our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test, a Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with the diesel achieved 27 mpg, so we can expect similar results for the Cadillac.

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The new Escalade features 38 inches of curved OLED screens that sprawl across the dashboard.

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