Earlier today, GM Authority authored a post that indicated the Cadillac Escalade was set to arrive for the 2021 model year and not 2020 as previously believed. Our article indicated the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL were still on track for 2020, however, we must now issue a correction, as we’ve received word that *all* next-gen GM SUVs won’t be arriving until 2021.
This means that, just like with the Escalade, the Tahoe and Suburban and Yukon and Yukon XL will soldier on for 2020 with no changes. If GM does decide to apply any updates to the SUVs, they will probably be limited to new exterior and/or interior color options.
The next-gen GM SUVs will ride on General Motors’ new T1XX body-on-frame platform, which also serves in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and should retain the 5.3L L84 V8 and 6.2L L87 V8 engines. We’re also expecting GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission to appear across the board.
The Escalade may have an exclusive powertrain to offer customers in certain trims, such as the new 4.2-liter Blackwing twin-turbo V8, although we’ve heard no official word from GM on this.
In addition to a new platform, all next-gen GM SUVs will also benefit from new exterior and interior designs, improved third-row seating, independent rear suspension (which may be an option or offered as standard) and front air curtains for improved fuel efficiency. Super Cruise will also be offered on the Escalade eventually, but isn’t expected to appear on the SUV from launch.
All next-gen GM SUVs will also continue to be assembled at the GM Arlington plant in Arlington, Texas.