Cadillac is in the midst of expanding their V-Series lineup and a new report is indicating there will be a high-performance version of the 2020 Escalade.
Citing multiple sources, Muscle Cars & Trucks says the next-generation luxury SUV will be offered with the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine that resides in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Z06.
The model is reportedly being described as a “powerhouse” and that’s probably not much of a stretch as the engine is rated at 650 hp (485 kW / 659 PS) and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. It remains unclear if the Escalade will keep that power rating but, if it does, it would mean the SUV would have 230 hp (172 kW / 233 PS) and 190 lb-ft (258 Nm) of torque more than the current model which uses a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8.
Interestingly, the high-performance Escalade could be even more powerful than the CTS-V which had a surcharged 6.2-liter V8 with 640 hp (477 kW / 649 PS) and 630 lb-ft (854 Nm) of torque. As a result, it’s not entirely clear if the model will be badged as an Escalade V or an Escalade V Plus / Blackwing.
The redesigned Cadillac Escalade is expected to be introduced either late this year or early next year. While some rumors had suggested it could be equipped with the brand’s new twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 engine, dealers who were shown the model said the “powertrain is the same as the current generation.” Of course, that’s just the base model and it’s possible that other variants could be introduced later on.