A fresh batch of spy photos of the all-new 2014 Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban (or is it a Tahoe?), and GMC Yukon have hit the internet. It’s nice to know work is continuing on GM’s next line of full-sized SUV models, even though at first glance, they seem to be mimicking Ford’s oval logo in the spy photos (found on Motor Trend). From the looks of things, the big black behemoths are travelling somewhere across the country, outside of Michigan, where the weather isn’t frustratingly terrible.
Now, given the latest official data on the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks, it should be a given that these new sport utility vehicles will be sporting all-new 5.3L, and 6.2L V8 engines under the hood, depending on the model. We see the Chevrolet and non-Denali GMC models receiving the 5.3L, while the more powerful 6.2L will be reserved for the more opulent Cadillac Escalade (identified by vertical LED stacks in the photos) and GMC Yukon Denali.
For reference, the 5.3L in the new GM K2XX pickups packs an SAE certified 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque –- an increase of 40 hp and 48 lb.-ft. compared to the outgoing 2013 models, with fuel economy EPA-rated at 23 miles per gallon highway mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The numbers on the 6.2L have yet to be made official, but expect more power, and a slight dip in fuel economy compared to the new 5.3L EcoTec3 V8.
However, not everything’s been rosy in the development of these vehicles. Sources indicate that the next line of GM SUV models have been delayed by at least a few months due to not meeting specific goals, and will most likely not begin to launch until early next year.