Our spy caught up to a convoy of next-gen GM full-size SUVs that included the current Cadillac Escalade as well as the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, for benchmarking purposes. What we see here is the 2020 Escalade in regular length form, as opposed to the extended-length Escalade ESV variant. The vast amounts of camouflage does a good job at covering up the most important luxury SUV’s elements, but we can still make out a few notable elements.
If you look hard enough, you’ll see the future Cadillac Escalade hiding the brand’s new shield-like mesh grille, initially previewed by the Cadillac Escala concept, and then brought to production by the 2019 XT4, and soon-to-be-discontinued 2019 CT6. The front lighting treatment also seems to adopt elements from the Escala, including a headlamp treatment that gains a horizontal portion that reaches toward the center. Even so, Cadillac’s signature vertical element is still present and accounted for.
The vertical Daytime Running Lights maintains the brand’s trademark verticality, while encompassing the majority of the vehicle’s forward lighting elements. It’s worth noting that the the vertical DRLs also serve as the turn indicators.
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade prototype is also wearing a unique mirror that seems to encompass additional sensors, likely for the GM SuperCruise autonomous driving technology that will undoubtedly make its way to the brand’s range-topping utility.
At the rear, the tail-lights still be positioned vertically, though camouflage prevents us from seeing just how far they will run up the D-pillar. We expect the 2020 Escalade to adopt a rear lighting treatment similar to that of the 2019 Cadillac XT4, with vertical light strips joining horizontal units.
The bottom end of the rear fascia adopts a set of rectangular exhaust tips that are integrated into the rear bumper. That’s a notable departure from the current model, which has a single non-exposed exhaust outlet tucked under the passenger-side of the vehicle, while also being different from the Chevy Tahoe/Suburban, which will feature an exhaust setup with four circular outlets (at least on some trims).
The entire ensemble rides on massive 22-inch wheels wrapped in 275/50 R22 Bridgestone rubber. The team didn’t care to cover up the Cadillac insignia on some of the wheels, serving as further proof that we’re indeed looking at the next-gen, 2020 Cadillac Escalade.