All-New Cadillac Escalade Now Tipped To Debut Next Year

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.

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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.


  • PhilMcGraw

    That might be a little too late for Cadillac considering when they do release it they might have a year or so before Lincoln refreshes the Navigator to compete with whatever they introduce. At this point, Cadillac will be playing catch up unless Lincoln just drops the ball or raises prices.

    • MarkoS

      The Navigator ain’t all that, the Escalade needn’t worry about it. I think both should worry about the Aviator. It is more reasonably sized and looks better.

      • PhilMcGraw

        The Aviator doesn’t compete with the Escalade though. While you may have some cross-shoppers, I doubt those that want something the size of an Escalade would go for an Aviator.

        • MarkoS

          My bet is it will take a chunk out of both the Navigator and Escalade sales, hence the comment. I am well aware of the positioning.

      • Enter Ranting

        I think both should be worried about the Kia Telluride.

  • charlotteharry57

    Both GM and Ford seem to be pushing model intros back a year. The Edge and Nautilus were both due for ’20 but now that’s ’21.

    • caddy45

      The next gen Edge / Nautilus? The MCE Edge and Nautilus (MCE MKX) have been on sale for a few months already.

  • no25

    If it looks anything like a larger XT6, then they failed.

  • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    No, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will debut in October of 2019, and will go on sale in 2020. The 2020 Escalade will start production on June 6, 2019, and will add one new brown color as its final edition. The GM Representatives don’t have any further information regarding GM board-room discussion about its future products.

    • caddy45

      This reminds me of the debacle with the 2007 Tahoe / Suburban / Yukon / Escalade where they went on Sale January 1, 2006 so they could classify as a 2007 MY lol. I wonder if they’ll go on sale early January 2020 as 2021 MY.

  • caddy45

    I’d be ok with it if they were delayed a year if it meant GM was putting in serious effort to make sure the full size SUVs outclass the Expedition and Navigator.

    One minor thing, I do think the next gen Escalade looks promising since it looks to be a bit less bulky / bulbous than the current model. I’ve felt the current models (Tahoe / Yukon / Escalade) all look like the body is slightly too large for the frame and look clunky. Hopefully these look sharp.

  • WM sap

    just look at the ct5 and xt6….thnk you

  • Hot Twink

    The independent rear suspension is almost a carbon copy of Ford’s IRS design under the Ford Expedition. The contoured lower control-arms which cradle the shock absorber and air/spring assembly looks straight lifted from an Expedition.

    It’s clear GM’s engineers have studied Ford’s suspension design.

  • Brian Regan

    They’ve got their work cut out for them catching up to the Navigator. Especially because the XT7 can’t touch the Aviator.

  • john1168

    Lincoln hit a Grand Slam with the new Navigator. Caddy better be bringing their A game. Cadillac’s designs lately leaves a lot to be desired. They need to get their butts in gear.

  • Harry_Wild

    Cadillac’s interior dash styling and center stack is just not attractive!

  • dumblikeyou2

    If GM f*cks this one up, then I dunno what.

    • Bo Hanan

      The Germans & Land Rover make their large SUV’s look sleek. GM makes there’s look like a box on wheels. Even Ford has learned from Europe.

  • SteersUright

    This looks like a big box, nothing new and nothing able to compete with the very best. Is it just too much to expect a truly beautiful vehicle from Cadillac these days? Just do like Hyundai/Kia and poach some of the most successful designers from other firms. Clearly, they are in need of desperate help or the brand will go the way of Oldsmobile and Pontiac at some point.


      Escalades have always been big boxes, but yeah I agree with your comment.

  • ksegg

    Needs to be even bigger. Still waiting for SUV’s to be large enough to take 2 entire lanes on the interstate. I want a living room with wheels to include a kitchen and gaming room.

    • FoxJ30


  • TB

    I thought I read a while ago they were going to be done with the Escalade? I guess not…

  • Benjamin B.

    The biggest news should be that the Escalade will switch to an independent rear suspension. All the current GM full-size SUVs use the same solid rear axles as the GM trucks. The new big Cadillac should ride and handle much better. GM and Mercedes-Benz are the last luxury SUV automakers to use solid live axles in luxury SUVs. Up until just recently Mercedes-Benz used solid front axles for the G-Class, which is still using a solid rear axle. Anyhow Cadillac is going to follow Lincoln and offer IRS finally. Lincoln offered it for years. Expect the twin turbo 4.2L to be an upgrade over the base 6.2L, which will be badged with GM’s ridiculous torque based numbers to show that it makes more torque. The plugin will probably use that engine or a turbo six cylinder as a base for the drivetrain. Expect considerably more than the smaller Lincoln Aviator’s 600 ft lbs. Especially considering the Escalade is much heavier. It’ll still use the same body steel panels mostly. Maybe some aluminum and composites mixed in. Not sure GM will use carbon fiber like it does for the GMC pickup beds.

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