2020 Cadillac Escalade To Have An Independent Rear Suspension

The Cadillac Escalade is one of the brand’s most important models and a new report is indicating the next-generation SUV has been delayed by approximately six months.

Automobile Magazine is reporting the new Escalade was slated to debut in early to mid-2019 but the SUV has been pushed back due to a decision to use an independent rear suspension like the 2018 Lincoln Navigator. Executives reportedly signed off on the move late into the model’s development so that has reportedly pushed its introduction back by several months.

The delay is unwelcome news but the independent rear suspension certainly isn’t. Besides giving the model a more car-like ride, the switch will could enable the Escalade to have rear seats that fold flat into the floor.

On the styling front, the Escalade is expected to adopt a number of styling cues from the Escala concept. Specifics are lacking at the moment but the report suggests Escalade will be further differentiated from its Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon counterparts.

Power will reportedly be provided by a new 4.0-liter V8 engine. There’s no word on performance specifications but it will be paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission which can be augmented with either rear- or four-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid variant could join the lineup approximately one year after standard model is launched in late 2019 or early 2020.

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  • Six_Tymes

    these ride pretty amazing as is. i would have never guessed it didn’t have already

  • eb110americana

    I wonder if this will be an Escalade-exclusive, or if all of the GM large SUVs will have it to aid in packaging and ride? Edit: I just read the link, and they claim everything this side of the pickups will get fully independent suspension. They also claim the Escalade will be the first Cadillac to get the new 4.0L DOHC V8 though, which seems like a bad match in terms of torque, unless it’s turbocharged, so I’m not sure how much I trust their forecast.

  • Craig

    Is that fake wood?!

    • Status

      It’s a computer generated render. It would look fake.

    • TheBelltower

      It’s real. Just over processed. They really need to offer some open-pore grains that are more authentic looking and less shiny

      • Kenny Kell

        That’s the reason I went with the Kona Brown interior: softer leather and open pore wood. I hate the super laminated veneer

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  • Rocket

    Sad that such a common sense decision came so late in the development cycle. I hope the genius/es who thought they could go another generation without IRS was shown the door. As outdated as the current Navigator is, there is no denying the packaging and handling benefits of its IRS.

  • krusshall

    This sounds like fake news. IRS is a fundamental design decision that would have to be made during planning. Making this decision now would result in a significantly longer delay than six months. It affects frame design, body design, seat design, driveline. Not to mention any potential supplier doesn’t have IRS designs sitting around ready to plug and play.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Not necessarily. There’s a bolt-on kit for first-gen Mustangs. As long as the IRS can be as compact as the live axle (fairly substantial itself for heavy-duty use) you wouldn’t really have to cut into anything.

  • BlackPegasus

    Those touch controls for the HVAC are annoying. And I didn’t care much for the steering. Too heavy and/or isolated. Otherwise, it’s a stunner.

  • Vassilis

    Took them a while…

  • nauticalone

    That (IRS) took long enough! Now if they can get around to replacing its pickup truck gear selector with a console mounted one (think Range Rover) it’ll have moved to 21st century.

  • U8INIT

    This truck is not aging well….

  • john1168

    I was going to say it’s about freakin’ time but it seems Caddy wanted this a long time ago but was stopped by the bankruptcy. I’m glad they’re finally going to install them. I’m curious about that 4.0 V8…

  • smartacus

    rearview mirror needs fluffy dice

  • Bob White

    Welcome to the 21st century. Time to get rid of the agricultural rear suspension. 20 years behind Ford and everybody else…