Cadillac Escalade brings OLED and AKG to market

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Cadillac has unveiled the 2021 Escalade, which features first-to-market advances including a curved organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen and an AKG audio system.

The industry-first curved OLED display offers more than 38in of display area, with twice the pixel density of a 4K television.

The paper-thin OLED display has three screens, a 7.2in-diagonal touch control panel driver information center to the driver’s left; a 14.2in-diagonal cluster display behind the steering wheel; and a 16.9in-diagonal infotainment screen to the driver’s right.

Cadillac says OLED technology eliminates the need for a hood shrouding many in-vehicle screens.

The 2021 model also features augmented reality-enabled navigation with a live street view being projected on the cluster display with turn indicators and other information.

Surround vision has four exterior cameras to provide a two-megapixel bird’s-eye view of the scene around the vehicle.

The optional Trailering Integration Package has nine camera views including rear camera guidelines to support hitching.

Rear Camera Mirror streams to the inside mirror screen and night vision uses infrared technology to enhance forward visibility, including detecting pedestrians and large animals.

Rear-seat entertainment features a pair of 12.6in-diagonal independent touch displays with navigation and streaming capability to play games, music and videos through HDMI and USB inputs.

Phil Kucera, interior design manager at Cadillac, said, “The expectations and desires of Escalade customers are factors everyone in the Cadillac design studio unequivocally understands. This allowed us to reach greater levels of depth and detail than Escalade has ever had before.”

The industry-first AKG audio technology is led by a 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference system, with Cadillac promising a crisp and immersive listening experience.

Cadillac says AKG has advanced features including Studio 3D Surround to deliver sound like being with the artist in the recording studio; Conversation Enhancement to improve communication; Audio Rendering for navigation with audio prompts moving nearer to the driver as turns get closer; and Front Passenger Volume Control so they can take charge of their personal audio experience.

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