2020 Cadillac Escalade Spotted For The First Time, Here’s Everything We Know So Far

The all-new 2020 Cadillac Escalade has been photographed for the first time on public roads, giving us a first clear idea of what we should expect from the luxury brand’s upcoming flagship SUV.

Our photographers caught three 2020 Escalade prototypes during testing, including one in the longer ESV configuration. Besides the heavily-camouflaged SUVs, GM brought along for the ride a 2020 Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL.

For benchmark testing purposes, the new Lincoln Navigator and a current Escalade were also part of the convoy. While the 2020 Escalades are completely covered in camouflage foil doubled by a black cloak on top, their familiar shape remains visible. As recent reports have pointed out, the all-new Escalade won’t stray too far from the current model’s design. The fifth-generation model will adopt an evolutionary approach when it comes to styling but that doesn’t mean it won’t feature fresh details.

Evolution of the full-size luxury SUV species

Those will include the frontal lighting design which is less vertical than on the current Escalade, with the main headlights positioned at the top of the front fascia while the vertical DRLs (which double as turn indicators) are placed below. The front fascia camouflage also allows us to spot Cadillac’s new mesh grille design.

The massive side mirrors seem to integrate additional sensors, likely for the SuperCruise autonomous tech that the Escalade will offer. And if you though the wheels look massive, you’re right: the prototypes run on 22-inch rims (each featuring Cadillac script) shod with 275/50 R22 Bridgestone tires.

At the rear, the taillights still feature a vertical layout, although the camouflage disguises how far they will run up the D-pillar. The 2020 Escalade’s rear fascia gets new rectangular exhaust ports integrated into the rear bumper, which is a departure from what we’ve seen on the Chevy and GMC variants.

As for the interior, there are no photos available so far. However, we do know the 2020 Escalade will feature a brighter, more colorful cabin with a console-mounted shifter and rear seats that fold flat.

Same platform as the all-new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra

The all-new 2020 Cadillac Escalade will use the same platform as the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra pickup trucks, which should result in a more comfortable ride thanks to the adoption of an independent rear suspension.

Also, it will get to keep the 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque. As before, it will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and an optional all-wheel-drive system. Although, rumor has it Cadillac will offer two additional powertrain options, one of them being the twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 that recently debuted in the 2019 CT6. Available in 500 hp and 550 hp states of tune, it might equip a future Escalade-V or V-Sport model. The third option could be a plug-in hybrid unit.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Craig

    Photo #32 makes it pretty clear who they think the competition is! [As if we didn’t already know]

    • Dennis Scipio

      and Number 31 especially.

      • Craig

        That too!

  • Ben

    Cadillac needs this redesign to work. They’re losing the arms race to Lincoln’s Navigator and the new Aviator is trending better with consumer interest and critic than the XT4. A V-series truck is likely apart of the plan to claw back customers. The Super Cruise feature will likely draw people in too. The design chief for the XT4 said they designed the headlights like that in order to give the CUV a wide and muscular look. From the description in this article, it sounds like those are the same headlight designs they’re trying to use.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Typical GM move already. They are benchmarking only one competitor? That’s it?

    I doubt this is going to be nicer than the Navigator. GM beancounters will ruin what could be an amazing product.

    • performante

      Yeah man. This is the only benchmark test they are doing. One and done, the engineering boys pack it up and go home.

    • LJ

      The Navigator is the only benchmark that matters.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        That’s a terrible way to look at it and I don’t agree at all.

        Strive to be the absolute best in your segment, not just to meet others. The GLS and Range Rover are still much nicer than the Navigator. Chase them, not just your American competition.

        • LJ

          According to automotive reviewers, the Navigator is the top of the class when it comes to full size SUV’s, American or otherwise.

      • Jay

        That’s why they have one in there convoy. Need to make sure it attempts to beat it in almost every way. I like their dedication.


      GM IS PURE JUNK. Lincoln looks way nicer than this


      LOL this guy is an american car fan boy.

  • Enter Ranting

    I have completely given up on Cadillac. The company is completely rudderless. I really wanted Cadillac to succeed, and for a minute there, it seemed possible. The ATS and CTS were great cars that performed as well or better than their BMW counterparts, but GM didn’t sweat the details. The interiors are low-rent and CUE is an unmitigated disaster. Closing the door on the ATS coupe sounds like tipping over a filing cabinet filled with pots and pans. And now, rather than fix what’s wrong with the cars, and market them properly, they’re just pulling the plug. And the Escalade is a vulgar warmed-over Chevy. Goodbye Cadillac. You’re a massive disappointment and insult to your heritage.

    • Merc1

      And there it is perfectly stated.


    • Navy – Lincoln ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Wow! I based my judgement from my own experience rather than a typical journalist theory; most importantly, I have been a generational buyer of GM full-size SUVs and to me, the Tahoe and Escalade don’t measure up mechanically as the same vehicle in my opinion. On paper, yes; stylistically, yes!

  • charlotteharry57

    I’m liking what we can see of the front end so far. I’ve always disliked the vertical (and obnoxious) headlight treatment. The horizontal theme also appears on the camo’d XT6, so let’s hope.

  • carlbolt

    I think they should put camo on the Navigator as well. It’s too obvious whom they are chasing. It might be a good “real people” ad for Lincoln.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I simply don’t understand why Cadillac/GM won’t step up its game. Why chase a vehicle that’s chasing the rest of the competition? Why not be like the benchmark instead of part of the bunch? This design language that is supposed to be inspired by the Escala concept has been bastardized and no longer has the appeal factor.

    • Enter Ranting

      A 116 year-old luxury car company, that at one time really was the standard of the world, with all the resources of one of the largest automakers on the planet behind it, and the best they can do is a badge-engineered Chevy SUV. Embarrassing.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Please… don’t suck….

  • Navy – Lincoln ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The Lincoln Navigator owns the Cadillac Escalade.

    • :/ Yurr

      The current one yea.

      • Navy – Lincoln ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        And the next one.

        • john1168

          How do you know?

          • Navy – Lincoln ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Because the styling is rumored to be evolutionary and how the current one is styled, Lincoln shouldn’t even have second thought about it because the all-new Navigator absolutely destroys the current gen Escalade.

  • no25

    I hope GM understands that these things are BIG ENOUGH. These SUVs are getting so big that they don’t even fit in parking spots anymore. It’s ridiculous.

  • john1168

    I really like what Lincoln has done with the Navigator. The old one was a colossal POS. I really hope Caddy brings their A game with the next Escalade. I have a feeling it will be a worthy competitor.

  • SteersUright

    I’m hopeful. But Cadillac always lets me down. Lets see…

  • MarketAndChurch

    Such a nice figure, this will look amazing! The only Cadillac I’m looking forward too.

    • Andrewthecarguy


      • MarketAndChurch

        lol no I was being serious. I seriously don’t find anything lust-worthy from that brand anymore. I actually like the CT6 but I’m not excited or passionate about it. The CTS-V is the only cadillac I droll over but I don’t know if we’ll get a next generation since Cadillac will most likely kill the CTS or any possible replacements. One could always dream of a flagship Cadillac sedan to take on Maybach, the Ghost, and the Flying Spur or a coupe to take on the Wraith and Continental GT, but that will never happen. Nor will we ever get a mid-engine Corvette based XLR. I look into Cadillac’s future, and all I see are SUV’s and more SUV’s. Sorry to be depressing, but this is the only thing worth getting excited over since their competitor to the Aviator will probably be a letdown.

        • schnittz

          I would have to disagree, Cadillac’s lineup is not all bad as some describe ( usually it’s those that never owned one). However I do think that the ATS is outdated and wasn’t exactly groundbreaking when it first came out. And the XTS is just a reskinned impala, although great car but fits more in with Buick. For the longest time Cadillac only offered the SRX/XT5 and Escalade as SUV/CUV, and now finally is filling that void by expanding its SUV line up which is welcoming, but sadly that they are killing the CT6. BTW the new names are much easier to identify and easy to link to competition compared to the old names.

  • Trackhacker

    The wheels in the bus go round and round…round and round….round and round.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    That wasn’t English.

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