2020 Cadillac Escalade Will Be “Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary”

Cadillac recently held a dealer meeting in Las Vegas and the company used the event to showcase a handful of upcoming models including the 2020 Escalade and XT6. While the automaker has been tight-lipped about the vehicles, several dealers talked openly about them with the Detroit Free Press.

Starting with the Escalade, Williamson Automotive Group owner Ed Williamson said the model is “evolutionary, not revolutionary.” He went on to say the SUV has a “really jazzy” interior and will finally be getting a console-mounted shifter. Williamson also shot down rumors suggesting the Escalade will receive three different engine options as he said the “powertrain is the same as the current generation.”

Speaking of the latter, the current Escalade has a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 hp (313 kW / 425 PS) and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional four-wheel drive system.

The news that the engine will once again be offered in the Escalade isn’t too surprising as model will be based on the same platform that underpins the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Both those models are available with the aforementioned 6.2-liter V8.

The Escalade is expected to be launched late next year or in early 2020. Cadillac hasn’t said much about the model, but it is expected to have an independent rear suspension and rear seats that finally fold flat.

Dealers didn’t have much to say about the XT6, but the general manager of Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac told the publication the crossver is “high-end” and has a “gorgeous” interior just like the 2020 Escalade. He went on to say General Motors is trying to “differentiate Cadillac by making sure they use their own engines and parts on the cars.”

The XT6 is expected to debut at the North American International Auto Show in January. Dealers gave conflicting statements on when the crossover would be launched as one said it would arrive next spring, while another said it wasn’t due until late next year.

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  • TrevP

    Looking forward to it. Don’t F it up.

    • nastinupe

      If it’s evolutionary then they won’t. They will just make the interior more upscale and do a quick nip-tuck to the exterior and add some additional safety and technological features and viola, there’s your new Escalade.

  • TB

    Sorry if I missed this…but I thought the XT6 was the Escalade’s replacement? Is that’s not the case now?

    • Holden Ute

      The XT6 is supposed to slot between the XT5 and the Escalade

      • TB

        Thank you…I gotta ask though…do they really need it?

    • Liam Paul

      it was going to be renamed XT8 but it never happen, maybe that is what your thinking about.

  • дапвт

    Evolutionary design to go against the hot selling Navigator? Good luck with that one.

    • Merc1

      Well….the current lame Escalade is still outselling the Navigator.

      M

      • Mr. EP9

        10k in discounts will do that.

        • Undisputed Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          And Ford decreased their rental sales to get better residual retail sales speaks of why the Escalade is outselling the Navigator.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Yeah, won’t matter. People will still force their money into Cadillac’s hands.

        • Undisputed Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Actually, Lincoln/Ford is profiting more money because you won’t find too many Navigators on Hertz lots unlike Escalades.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I think you’re still missing the larger point that whether any “competitors” exist for it or not, the Escalade is a licence to print money. The premiums on this polished Suburban are unreal. Sales are limited mostly by production capacity. Cadillac has spent a fortune trying to make its (very good) sedans compete with the Germans and the sales aren’t there. Cadillac spends next to nothing making over a Chevy truck and rakes in the bucks. The General isn’t going to mess with a good thing.

    • Liam Paul

      hot selling for ford, poor selling for any of GM brands that sell this big suv

      • C brown

        Hot selling ford stays in the shop more than any made vehicles. They need to spend more time with quality than just trying to out sell

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          100% False.

          You know, according to people who do statistically sound studies like ALG, Consumer Reports, TrueDelta and JD Power.

          • C brown

            I’m around Fords at work…we have brand new F150 and Transit been in shop alot of times. They sold cheap in bundles.

    • TheBelltower

      The Navigator is enjoying a burst of sales because it’s new, not because it’s good. The reality is that it’s a a nasty rebadged mess on the outside and a gaudy mess of plastichrome and vinyl-backed seating on the inside. Lincoln doesn’t know how to make a luxury vehicle because they only do what they think is passable to convince buyers. Cadillac should ignore Lincoln and look at real luxury vehicles. Cadillac’s benchmark is the Range Rover and the Bentayga.

      • Six Thousand Times

        In this fight, there’s not really a battle for every last sale. The demand for both vehicles, regardless of merit, will always run high.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        “Cadillac’s benchmark is the Range Rover and the Bentayga.”

        LOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

        Yeah, sure it is. They can’t even compete with BMW or Audi.

        • TheBelltower

          Nope. But they need to. Especially since the Cadillac costs more.

    • Nordschleife

      I don’t think the design was really the issue with the Escalade. The Navigatior had a far higher jump than the Escalade does. Am independent rear suspension and a sublime interior is allyhat really needed.

    • DR.FUNK

      Escalade just looks better.(imo)

    • C brown

      The Navigator is not a hot seller and it’s not going out sell the Caddy

      • Undisputed Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        The Navigator [is] a best seller, it just not up to the Escalade unit in term of sales because Ford Motor Company decreased daily rental sales in spite of Cadillac’s on-going rental sales.

    • schnittz

      The navigator barely catch upped to escalade. Escalade doesn’t need to be revolutionary as it’s on the right track with great design, it’s just needs to be updated.

  • Merc1

    It all sounds so sad and hopeless, constantly playing catch up. The things discussed here should have happened with the Escalade years ago.

    There hasn’t ever been anything “high-end” about a GM interior in their history so I’ll believe that when I see it.

    M

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      The only thing high end about the Escalade is how soft the leather is.

      Everything else falls short.

    • schnittz

      If study a little bit of history, you will learn that Navigator have had its 1st (first) redesign ever! Yes it’s been updated but never fully redesign before! Escalade been always on top with modern and more features, and will be its 5th gen. It’s clear who plays catch up in this segment!

  • Bo Hanan

    “Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary.”
    Seems like more of a warning.

  • LIKE WE WERE EXPECTING REVOLUTIONARY.

  • carlbolt

    It didn’t mention the independent rear suspension, is that revolutionary or evolutionary?

  • Holden Ute

    If Cadillac could only look at itself in the mirror

    • Six Thousand Times

      With the Escalade, they’re just too busy counting money to worry. It’s a shinier Chevy truck. Who cares? The market doesn’t.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Why spend money when buyers will line up, either way?

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Because buyers will stop lining up eventually.

      They did the same thing in the 70’s and 80’s. Look what happened.

      • Six Thousand Times

        The first Escalade turned up in 1999 and nobody’s walked away yet. The stupid thing is an institution.

  • enthusia

    “cadillac” and “revolutionary” hasn’t been used in the same sentence for decades.

  • StrangerGP

    They’ll lose even more customers to Navigator and top tier SUV’s from other manufacturers.

  • charlotteharry57

    Of course it’ll only be evolutionary. Thanks to the Navigator. Bet it has at least 26 more LEDs on the front, to make what is already beyond obnoxious even more so.

  • dennisimperial

    Oh another Tahoe

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Suuuuuuuuuure you have.

    • Galaxium

      It’s definitely possible, since car brands will bring in consumers to give them thoughts on the design.

    • Jay

      Actually he is right. I saw it too and can confirm every word.

      It looks really impressive. The main advantage over the Benz is that the screen looks like it was knifed into the dash. While Benz has just simple tablet over the dash. GLE’s interior will be outclassed, not doubt. I’m not even talking about the X7.

  • Michael_66589

    Column shifter and 6.2 V8 are best things in Escalade. So bad they are switching to console shifter.

  • MetalPhoenix79

    Only the 6.2L engine. Thought it was getting 4.2L twin turbo charged engine?

  • Joe E

    I clicked through to the Detriot Free Press source article where I found a tidbit of new info…DID ANYONE ELSE MISS THE NEWS THAT CADILLAC IS CALLING THE TWIN-TURBO V8 “BLACKWING”? That is a sweet name!

    • Six Thousand Times

      …for a Honda motorcycle.

  • Boris Roberts

    Escalade-V please.

  • Six Thousand Times

    All the really good new Cadillacs haven’t sold but people still trip over each other to buy an Escalade. It doesn’t even have to be good, it just has to be available for sale. From a hip-hop video to a driveway near you.

  • Paul

    I hope they differentiate it from the GMC and Chevy versions much more than it has been.

    • Nordschleife

      It already has it own exterior save for doors and roof. It’s own interior. More upmarket materials. Some exclusive features. It’s own infotainment (shared with other Cadillacs of course). What else do you want? The independent suspension is coming but why would they invest all that money for it not to be spread across the range. You want it’s own engine? Can it be shared with other Cadillac’s or do you want it exclusive to the Escalade? Do you want proven choices or unproven Escalade specific things? Can it share anything else with other Cadillacs or no?

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