The all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade is set to debut next week in Hollywood, California, delivering a complete top-to-bottom overhaul of the popular luxury SUV. In addition to new underpinnings, fresh features, and a restyled cabin and exterior, the new Escalade will also offer a new diesel engine option.
Earlier this week, GM Authority spotted a prototype 2021 Cadillac Escalade on the road emitting the unmistakable engine/exhaust note of a diesel powerplant. To be more specific, the Escalade sounded exactly like a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or GMC Sierra 1500 equipped with the 3.0L LM2 inline six-cylinder turbo-diesel Duramax engine.
Speaking with sources familiar with the project, GM Authority managed to confirm that the 2021 Cadillac Escalade will indeed offer the LM2 as part of the engine lineup. This will be the first time the Cadillac Escalade nameplate has been offered with diesel power, and it will make the Escalade the only vehicle in its class to offer a diesel powertrain.
In the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, the LM2 Duramax diesel engine produces 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. Just as it does in the pickups, the LM2 will mate to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
The new Escalade will come standard with the naturally aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 gasoline engine with Dynamic Fuel Management, which will drop in as a replacement for the outgoing model’s 6.2L L86 V8 with Active Fuel Management (AFM). Like the optional diesel, the L87 will also mate to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
We’ll be on the ground at the debut of the all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade next week on February 4th in Los Angeles, so stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Cadillac Escalade news, Cadillac news, and 24/7 GM news coverage.