• Cadillac has released an online visualizer that lets you partially spec your own 2021 Escalade.
  • You can choose from eight exterior colors, four wheel options, and three interior choices.
  • Most interesting is that the tool also includes the 2021 Escalade ESV, which wasn't supposed to be fully unveiled until the New York auto show in April.

    We just got our first look at the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. It's big. It's bold. It's all new. But it was only the standard-wheelbase version of the luxury SUV. Cadillac told us the longer-wheelbase ESV version was going to be unveiled at the New York auto show, but it put the ESV on a fun virtual configurator, and we spec'd one of our own.

    What you need to know about the ESV is that it will ride on a 134.1-inch wheelbase, which is 3.2 inches longer than the regular Escalade, and its overall length, at 226.9 inches, is nearly 16 inches longer. The two Escalade models have nearly the same interior space measurements in terms of head-, leg-, shoulder and hip room, although third-row legroom is 1.7 inches better in the extended model, but the ESV's cargo volume is considerably greater. With all seats folded, the total cargo volume of the ESV is 126.6 cubic feet, which is 17.5 cubic feet more than the already capacious 109.1 cubic feet of the standard Escalade.



    As of now, there are eight exterior color choices to choose from. We went with the elegant Sandstone Metallic, although Dark Mocha Metallic was a close second choice. There are four sets of 22-inch wheels to choose from, and we slapped on some 22-inch 12-spoke high gloss black wheels. Inside, we opted for a Gideon/Whisper Beige, featuring mini chevron perforated inserts with linear marquetry wood.

    The only trim level available on this configurator is the Escalade Premium Luxury Platinum. The 2021 Escalade comes standard with more than 38 diagonal inches of OLED screens. The three curved displays make up the infotainment system as well as the gauge cluster.

    Cadillac says that the online visualizer will update as the Escalade receives updates. There isn't much to choose from for now, but Cadillac says the new SUV is all about customization. We can't wait to fully spec one of our own.