2021 Cadillac Escalade's Interior Spied for Real

Daniel Golson
Photo credit: Brian Williams

From Car and Driver

  • We have now spied what is actually the next-generation Cadillac Escalade's interior.
  • What we previously spied (and thought was the Escalade) is probably the next GMC Yukon's interior.
  • We can see a large curved touchscreen and a stubby electronic shifter on the center console.

Last month, we brought you what we thought were spy photos of the upcoming next-gen Cadillac Escalade's interior. Dear readers, it turns out we were wrong. We now know that the previously spied interior was probably the next-gen GMC Yukon's interior stuck into an Escalade for testing, as a new set of spy photos have revealed the real interior of the upcoming Slade.

While almost everything is covered up, we can see a large curved screen that seems to be part of one giant piece that also includes the digital gauge cluster in front of the driver. The rounded edge of the screen is finished with aluminum trim, and the housing is wrapped in leather. We should have expected that what we previously spied wasn't actually the Escalade, as rumors had pointed to the new SUV getting a radically redesigned interior with, yes, a curved screen—and the little that we can see looks to be more aligned with Cadillac's design language, anyway.

Photo credit: Brian Williams

Given that the occupant in the car is reaching for the screen in what seems like a pinching motion, it's probably a touchscreen, although we wouldn't be surprised for the system to also be able to be controlled by some sort of rotary knob. We can also see that the screen is mounted atop a strip of bright wood trim, and the graphics on the screen (showing the navigation view in these photos) look to be part of a new operating system.

Beyond the screen, a stubby electronic shifter mounted to the center console confirms that the Escalade is doing away with the current model's column-mounted shifter. As the Yukon interior had a push-button setup to save center-console space, we think the shifter in this Escalade could be a placeholder for a similar setup.

The next-gen Escalade should debut within the next six months or so before going on sale as a 2021 model. Hopefully we won't have to admit to being wrong again when the next batch of spy photos hits our inbox.

Photo credit: Brian Williams

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