The Cadillac Escalade hasn’t changed much since 2014, but big changes are on the horizon.
A redesigned Escalade is in the works for 2020 and spy photographers have already snapped photos of its corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Suburban. Cadillac has been tight-lipped about the model, but a new report is indicating the SUV could be offered with three different powertrains.
While nothing is official, Cadillac Society says “sources familiar with future Cadillac product plans” have told them the redesigned model will have three different engine options. The insiders didn’t say which engines to expect, but the current Escalade is offered exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 hp (313 kW / 425 PS) and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque.
Cadillac isn’t talking, but the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra give us some clues. Both trucks will be offered with the 6.2-liter V8 that, once again, produces 420 hp (313 kW / 425 PS) and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque.
The other two engines remain a mystery, but the publication speculates the model could be offered with the twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 that recently debuted in the 2019 CT6. The engine produces an estimated 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque in base form, while the V-Sport variant has 550 hp (410 kW / 557 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. Those numbers are a substantial improvement over the 6.2-liter V8 and it’s believed the high-performance engine could be used in either an Escalade-V or V-Sport.
The third powertrain option remains a bit more mysterious, but it could be a plug-in hybrid unit.
Regardless of what’s under the hood, the 2020 Escalade should have a more comfortable ride thanks to its new independent rear suspension. The change could also make the model more user friendly as reports have suggested the switch will allow the bling mobile to have fold-flat rear seats.