The Cadillac Escala Concept debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and ushered in a new era of design for General Motors’ luxury brand, but unlike many other concepts, the Escala also previewed the future of Cadillac powertrains.
GM said the Escala was powered by a dual-overhead camshaft 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 500 hp – which we now know as the Blackwing V8 that will appear in the 2019 Cadillac CT6-V. Unfortunately, the CT6-V will be a single model year vehicle, with the entire CT6 lineup set to go out of production after this year.
And while the Escala appeared to be a preview of the CT6-V, we’re left wondering what other Cadillacs the Blackwing V8 will appear in. After all, the Escala was the embodiment of what’s to come from Cadillac, so the the 4.2-liter engine isn’t going anywhere after the CT6’s departure. It’s possible that a less powerful version could feature in the next-generation Cadillac Escalade. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it in a possible Cadillac CT5-V performance variant either, which is Cadillac’s forthcoming medium-sized sedan.
The Blackwing engine may serve in another rumored vehicle: the rumored mid-engine Cadillac. A leaked photo of a Cadillac key fob for what appeared to be a mid-engine vehicle surfaced in November. While not concrete evidence this vehicle is in the works, this leak could have been a sign that Cadillac will eventually utilize the forthcoming GM mid-engine platform after Chevy. If this does happen, we’d expect it to have a version of the Blackwing engine sitting midship.
Cadillac has needed another exclusive engine in its lineup for a long while, so its great to see it get one in the way of the Blackwing. The first Blackwing-powered vehicle will be a rare item, but let’s hope this engine appears more frequently in Cadillac products going forward.