Cadillac’s most-profitable model, the Escalade, still rides on very familiar General Motors underpinnings, which also happens to include a solid-rear axle. A new rumor from Automobile says the time for independent rear suspension is quickly approaching, however.
Should the 2020 Cadillac Escalade move to an independent rear suspension, it would help ditch some of the truck-like behavior associated with the luxury SUV. Probably the biggest benefit will be a lowered flat cargo floor. The report says the switch to an IRS has come fairly late in the next-generation Escalade’s development program, which means its launch may be pushed back to around the year 2020.
Additionally, the fifth-generation Escalade will likely adopt Cadillac’s new corporate face, which was previewed with the Escala concept. The concept vehicle showed off horizontal headlights on a Cadillac for the first time in years. The interior should also benefit from some Escala design cues as well.
The Cadillac Escala also previewed Cadillac’s upcoming 4.2-liter twin-turbo DOHC V8 engine, and the report pegs the Escalade to be one of the first vehicles to take advantage of the new engine. A plug-in hybrid option may also be likely.
Our first taste of GM’s next-generation SUVs will actually arrive with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra, but as Cadillac moves to distance itself from its parent automaker, the Escalade will likely pack more exclusive content than ever. And with a strengthening luxury SUV market, the Cadillac flagship vehicle sure could use it.