If 2018 was all about GM’s trucks, 2019 will be all about its SUV lineup. As the automaker readies a new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon, the brand showed off the 2020 Cadillac Escalade at its investor conference.
In fact, there was a lot of Cadillac at the conference as Mark Reuss, GM President with oversight over the brand, made his remarks. Not only did he show off the next-generation Escalade, but he also showed off a mystery Cadillac sports car and declared Cadillac will be the “tip of the corporate spear for electric vehicles.” Moving forward, Cadillac will be GM’s lead electric vehicle brand to do battle with Tesla.
As for the Escalade, we weren’t treated to the video or images, which were redacted for those who dialed into the conference. Instead, in-person attendees were treated to the SUV. Reuss also mentioned a next-generation Super Cruise system, which could debut with the 2020 Cadillac Escalade.
We caught the new Escalade testing for the first time this past December and it couldn’t hide a new mesh shield grille and more horizontal headlights. A week later, the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV stepped out in front of the camera’s eye for the first time. Both models will go head-to-head with the Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L long-wheelbase model.
We suspect Cadillac will do quite a bit to differentiate itself from the Tahoe and Yukon this time around. That includes the potential addition of the brand’s 4.2-liter LTA twin-turbo V8 engine. Though, the 6.2-liter L87 V8 could also stick around as well.
As of now, we expect Cadillac to reveal the new Escalade in late 2019, perhaps this fall, before it goes on sale as a 2020 model. Cadillac’s current plans call for a new vehicle introduction every six months through 2020. Post-2020, we’ll be treated to the brand’s first all-electric model riding on a dedicated EV platform.