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The New Cadillac Escalade’s Massive Screen Might Put Your TV to Shame

It's like a dashboard-mounted IMAX theater

It's like a dashboard-mounted IMAX theater

Rolling up in a Cadillac Escalade always makes a statement, and we don’t expect this to change when the all-new 2021 Escalade debuts. And now, the interior will be just as statement-worthy as the exterior thanks to the absolutely gigantic display stretching across the dashboard.

Measuring 38 inches from corner to corner, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade’s curved OLED widescreen display will be an industry first. The screen will show common gauges and data to the driver behind the steering wheel, then transition to infotainment and navigation as it sweeps toward the center stack. It’s a layout similar to what’s seen in many Mercedes-Benz vehicles, although in those it’s comprised of two separate screens measuring up to 12.3 inches diagonally—an arrangement that now seems like a third-gen iPod Nano compared to the future Escalade.

The display will likely run an updated version of Cadillac’s infotainment system, tailored to make the most of all that digital real estate. Some degree of touch compatibility is expected, although it’s also probable that there will be redundant controls in the center console or on the steering wheel, plus voice commands.

Cadillac teased a few other interior features in the redesigned 2021 Escalade along with the humongous display. First is the appearance of a green light bar top and center on the steering wheel, indicating that the upcoming Escalade will feature Cadillac’s Super Cruise self-steering adaptive cruise control. As we reported earlier, Super Cruise will arrive on the redesigned Escalade a few months after launch. Also, there is what looks like a gear lever in the center console, different than the push-button PRNDL arrangement in the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban with which the new Escalade will share its underpinnings.

Like the new Tahoe and Suburban, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade promises to be more comfortable and driveable than ever before thanks to the switch to independent rear suspension. Increased passenger space and cargo volume are likelihoods; the new big Chevrolet SUVs hold significant increases in those areas compared to their predecessors.

Cadillac will unveil the new Escalade on February 4, 2020 in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for our full coverage, 38-inch display and all.