The 2021 Escalade introduces an all-new fifth generation of the full-size SUV, complete with a new exterior, new interior, a new engine lineup, a new independent rear suspension, and a whole lot more. Now, Cadillac Society is bringing you exclusive coverage of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade towing capacity.
We’ve outlined the maximum tow ratings for the 2021 Escalade in the table below, breaking down the figures based on the engine, drive type, and body variant. We’ve also included the previous-generation Escalade (2015 through 2020 model years) for easy comparison against the 2021 Cadillac Escalade towing capacity figures.
Those who aren’t really into tables can just read this brief summary. With the standard 6.2L gasoline engine, max tow ratings are as follows:
- 2021 Escalade 2WD models can tow up to 8,200 pounds while models equipped with 4WD can tow up to 8,000 pounds
- 2021 Escalade ESV 2WD models can tow 8,100 pounds while ESV models equipped with 4WD can tow up to 7,900 pounds
With the optional, no-cost 3.0L diesel engine, max towing ratings are as follows:
- 2021 Escalade Diesel 2WD models can tow up to 8,000 pounds while models equipped with 4WD can tow up to 7,800 pounds
- 2021 Escalade ESV Diesel 2WD models can tow up to 7,900 pounds while ESV models equipped with 4WD can tow up to 7,700 pounds
As a reminder, the new Escalade is offered with either a 6.2L V8 engine or a 3.0L I6 turbo-diesel engine, either in 2WD or 4WD. Buyers have access to either the standard-length Escalade model, or the extended-length Escalade ESV.
|Model||2021 Escalade Gasoline||2021 Escalade Diesel||2015-2020 Escalade Gasoline|
|Engine||Max Tow Rating – 6.2L V8 L87||Axle||Max Tow Rating – 3.0L I6 LM2||Axle||Max Tow Rating – 6.2L V8 L86||Axle|
|Escalade ESV 2WD||8100||3.23||7900||3.23||8100||3.23|
|Escalade ESV 4WD||7900||3.23||7700||3.23||7900||3.23|
All of the aforementioned maximum towing capacities are for models equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package. Available on the Premium Luxury, Sport as well as the Premium Luxury Platinum and Sport Platinum models and not available on the base Luxury trim level, the package includes the following features:
- Rear Vision Trailer Camera
- Auxiliary trailer camera
- 2-speed electronic transfer case (4WD models only)
- Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Trailering Assist Guidelines
- Extra capacity cooling system (deleted when 3.0L I6 LM2 Turbo Diesel engine is ordered)
As we can see, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade towing capacity is either slightly below that of the previous generation, or identical. These are important numbers to know for those buyers interested in using their new SUV to pull some of their larger toys to and fro.
To note, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade comes standard with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 (production code L87) putting out a maximum 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the new 3.0L I-6 turbodiesel (production code LM2) joins the lineup as an available, no-cost option, doling out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, with expected improved fuel economy ratings. A 10-speed automatic transmission is on deck for cog swaps on both engines.
Meanwhile, the outgoing Escalade is exclusively equipped the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 (production code L86), which also produces 420 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque, and was mated initially to an 8-speed automatic transmission that was replaced by a 10-speed auto for the 2018 model year.
We’ll have more to say on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade towing capacity in the near future, so stay tuned. In the meantime, subscribe to Cadillac Society for more Cadillac Escalade news and around-the-clock Cadillac news coverage.
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