The Escalade of Sedan Interiors?

The Escalade of Sedan Interiors?

For at least a year, the role of “flagship” at Cadillac shifts from the CT6 sedan to the Cadillac Escalade 2021 SUV, after which the luxury hatchback Celestiq EV 2022 could perhaps overtake the two models. The full price has not yet been released for the Escalade Platinum 2021, but we are told to expect that the supplement for the Platinum versions will increase by 6 to 8% over 2020 levels, in addition to the generalized price increase of $ 1,000 for all. Climbing. This will put the Escalade Platinum standard wheelbase at around $ 102,000 – $ 105,000 for rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive, which is $ 3,200 – $ 6,200 more than the CT6 4.2TT AWD Platinum. How do their interiors compare?

Art and color

The CT6 offers eight upholstery colors for the exterior and four interior seats (black, Sahara beige, Auburn and very light cashmere), four accent wood patterns (including one with carbon fiber accents) and two top colors. dashboard / headlining (black or maple) sugar). The semi-aniline leather is delivered with the Platinum trim. Escalade offers eight interior sets that integrate six colors, seven woods and four different perforation / quilting patterns. Personally, the Jet Black version of our test car seems a bit simple with no seams or contrasting piping (like the one supplied in a recent black Genesis G90), and with wood so black that its grain is difficult to distinguish. There is also a curious use of a carbon fiber ribbon at the bottom of the dashboard which is almost hidden, which makes it difficult to notice and appreciate. In contrast, the Escalade Platinum 2021, especially in the combination of Jet Black / Bittersweet padding with Mondrian seat stitching and Bitter Lace wood, has the bespoke appearance of a low-volume, handcrafted vehicle.


Entered production the same year that the fabulous Escala concept from Cadillac broke the cover at Pebble Beach, the CT6 do not benefit from all the interior design elements of this concept, while the Escalade seems to have locked the Escala dashboard without change. That leaves the CT6 with a typical 12.0-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.2-inch central infotainment touchscreen. The latter has at least a much better resolution than the one launched in 2016, but none of these LCD screens can compete with the Escalade’s three advanced curved OLED screens – a 7.2-inch driver information panel on the far left, a 14.2-inch clustered screen and 16.9-inch infotainment screen, each offering twice the pixel density of a home 4K TV, ensuring crystal-clear resolution. As for the rear entertainment screens, the CT6’s engine mounts considerably from the backrest and offers an electrical tilt, but they are only 10.0 inches diagonally. The Escalades are less elegantly attached to the backs of the front seats, but they each measure 12.6 inches at the top of the industry.

Infotainment interface

We cracked noisily on the touchpad interface of the CT6 when the car was launched in 2016, but last year, Cadillac User Experience traded this disgusting device for a more conventional rotary push button. It even has a separate audio volume button (hallelujah!) Right in front of it on the center console, flanked by up / down search buttons. The Escalade uses the same configuration, and it is both easily mastered and a breeze to operate without looking away from the road for very long. Now users of either system can touch the screen, select items using the push button, or use voice commands, which greatly increases the CUE in terms of usability.

Audio: 34 vs. 19 or 36 speakers

The CT6 Platinum models benefit from Bose’s best automotive configuration, called Panaray. It has 34 speakers. These include four 2.8-inch back-to-back pairs mounted in 8.2-liter acoustic wave enclosures to cancel out vibrations. There’s a 10-inch subwoofer in the rear shelf (SUVs don’t have one!), Four 4-inch door speakers, each with their own sealed enclosures to keep no trim and loudspeakers UltraNearField headrest speakers that allow the entire system to “cast your voice”, making sounds emanate from specific points around the car. Escalade separates from Bose to offer a choice of AKG systems, marking the first time AKG has produced an automotive system. The basic Studio setup includes 19 speakers with a 14-channel amplifier and a closed subwoofer, while the Studio Reference system includes 36 speakers driven by three amps providing 28 channels of sound. Both systems also include front headrest speakers. Of course, on a speaker basis per seat or per cubic foot of interior volume, the CT6 wins easily. Deciding which one sounds best is strictly a matter for professional audiophiles.

Rear seat comfort

The CT6 Platinum clearly trumps the Escalade when it comes to spoiling the rear passengers. Of course, the entertainment screens are smaller, but they are also slightly closer, so the image looks similar. Both offer privacy screens for the side windows, four-zone air conditioning and seats with heating and cooling. But the rear seats of the CT6 are power adjustable with four-way lumbar support adjustment and the same full menu of massage options available to front seat occupants (roll, kneading, stretching, lumbar and shoulders, most offering three levels intensity). We also appreciate the ski passthrough and the ability to fold up the armrest housing most seat controls, the rear seat entertainment system remote, headphones and cup holders to allow a fifth occasional occupant or a larger dog to lie across the seat. However, the CT6 does not offer soft closing doors like the Escalade.

2020 Cadillac CT6 4.2TT AWD
PRICE $ 98,790
DISPOSITION Front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
ENGINE 4.2L DOHC V8 and 32 twin turbo 500 hp / 574 lb-ft valves
TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic
EDGE WEIGHT (DIST F / R) 4,860 lb (55/45%)
WHEELBASE 122.4 in
L x W x H 205.8 x 74.0 x 58.0 inches
0-60 MPH 4.3 seconds (MT is)
EPA FUEL ECON 14/25/17 mpg
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / HIGHWAY 241/135 kW-h / 100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.11 lb / mile
ON SALE Currently

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