Following the debut of General Motors’ most important vehicles, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra, the automaker’s second round of money makers is on deck. Those are the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.
Our sources would not confirm which engines are on deck for the overhauled SUV, but we can take a few educated guesses. We’ll more than likely still see a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter small-block V8 engine as the standard mill for the luxury SUV. Specifically, the 6.2-liter L87 V8, which debuted for the 2019 Silverado and Sierra.
The engine is fitted with GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management and houses the capability to run the engine on a single cylinder, unlike Active Fuel Management, which shuts down four of V8 engine’s cylinders. The technology should help make the 2020 Escalade more efficient while delivering 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Secondly, the Cadillac-exclusive 4.2-liter LTA twin-turbo DOHC V8 engine is a likely candidate. The engine will first debut in the 2019 Cadillac CT6 and CT6 V-Sport. If the engine does find its way under the Escalade’s hood, it’s highly likely we’ll see a tune specifically for the SUV, while the high-output version of the engine may be reserved for an Escalade V-Sport. The engine makes 500 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in its regular output, but balloons to 550 hp and 627 lb-ft for the CT6 V-Sport.
Finally, an Escalade plug-in hybrid is quite possible. It would make for Cadillac’s second PHEV after the CT6 Plug-In and could share hybrid components with the full-size sedan.