Sold since January 2014 as a 2015MY, the fourth-gen Cadillac Escalade is reportedly getting ready to be replaced. Our spy photographers captured three heavily camouflaged prototypes on camera late last year, and the initial information hinted towards a possible reveal before the end of 2019.
However, CadillacSociety, which cites an anonymous insider with knowledge on the matter, claims the new Escalade won’t arrive until 2020. The same report states that the outgoing Escalade will soldier on for the 2020MY with modest updates, such as a new color that will be added to the palette.
Looking to shed more light on the case, we got in touch with Cadillac, but (rather unsurprisingly) all we got was the customary “cannot comment on future products” line.
As previous scoops have revealed, the 2021 Escalade will retain its massive proportions and boxy styling that have made the nameplate a hit with customers. The thick layers of camouflage prevent us from discerning any major updates, but we do expect restyled front and rear fascias, as well as a new grille design similar to the brand’s smaller SUVs.
The big news, though, is the adoption of a new platform and independent rear suspension which should make the ride more comfortable. The current 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 will likely be retained and will allegedly be joined by two more units down the road, with possible candidates including the 4.2-liter V8 from the CT6 and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.