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2021 Cadillac Escalade Won’t Have Engine Auto Stop-Start Anymore

2021 Cadillac Escalade Won’t Have Engine Auto Stop-Start Anymore

The engine auto stop-start feature is being removed from some 2021 Cadillac Escalade models currently in production.

The feature will not be included on certain 2021 Cadillac Escalade SUVs that would have otherwise been assembled with the technology in place. Cadillac Society has learned that this change would take effect on all Escalades produced after June 7th, 2021. Affected Escalades are powered by the naturally-aspirated 6.2L V-8 engine (production code L87), which is rated at a maximum 420 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque.

Cadillac Escalades with the optional 3.0L I-6 turbo diesel engine (production code LM2) remain unaffected as of this writing and will continue to be produced with the stop-start feature intact. The turbo-diesel six is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both engines mate to Cadillac’s 10-speed automatic transmission.

The reason for the deletion of the engine auto stop-start feature on the 6.2L gasoline engine is the ongoing microchip shortage, which has been affecting automakers worldwide.

Engine auto stop-start technology shuts down the engine when the vehicle comes to a complete stop, such as at a stoplight or in heavy traffic. The vehicle’s engine springs back to life as soon as the driver’s foot begins to lift off the brake pedal. The purpose of the tech is to help reduce tailpipe emissions and increase fuel economy.

Units of the 2021 Escalade not equipped with engine auto stop-start will see a slight decrease in fuel efficiency as a result of the removal compared to units of the 2021 Escalade equipped with the feature, as shown in the table below.

2021 Cadillac Escalade Revised Fuel Economy Numbers
Drivetrain Engine Transmission Auto Stop/Start City mpg Highway mpg Combined mpg Effective Date
2WD 6.2L V8 L87 10-speed auto Yes 15 20 17 Start of 2021 MY
2WD 6.2L V8 L87 10-speed auto No 14 20 16 June 7, 2021
4WD 6.2L V8 L87 10-speed auto Yes 14 19 16 Start of 2021 MY
4WD 6.2L V8 L87 10-speed auto No 13 19 16 June 7, 2021
2WD Turbodiesel 3.0L I6 LM2 10-speed auto Yes 21 27 23 Start of 2021 MY
4WD Turbodiesel 3.0L I6 LM2 10-speed auto Yes 20 26 22 Start of 2021 MY

Cadillac officials tell us that the engine auto stop-start feature was nixed in the wake of the microchip shortage to allow Cadillac to continue to produce the highly popular Escalade SUVs. Due to the deletion of the feature, buyers of Escalades without auto stop-start will receive a $50 credit on the vehicle MSRP. 

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.


  1. They should delete this from all GM cars. I am sure the $50.00 credit to the buyers that are spending around $100,000 will give them cause for backflips.

    • I have never been a Cadillac fan,opposite of my father who always was. But I keep reading up on what Alexandra Purcell puts on here and for sure she now has my attention….

    • You don’t speak for all owners so just be quiet

  2. GM can have the chip in my 2021 Escalade. I can’t stand having it active anyway, and when I remember I always deactivate it. I don’t think anyone spending $110,000 is going to go crazy over $50.

  3. Yeah the start stop feature is not something most use, so it’s good GM eliminated that. I think GM would charge more for the start stop feature than a $50 credit. Question what other options is GM going to reduce from this Escalade to speed production up? Now a $100k might have less options than a Toyota or Honda.

  4. Considering a Sport or Platinum model can MSRP upwards of $125,000 new – and because of crazy used car premiums, people are sometimes paying more for used than new; not too mention dealers adding between $10K, and $40K for premium rarity; whose worried about fifty bucks?


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