Just yesterday, GM Authority exclusively reported that GM’s upcoming 2021 Escalade will start at $76,195 in the United States. Today, we’re back with yet another exclusive, this time about the SUV’s optional diesel engine.
Sources familiar with Cadillac’s go-to-market plans told GM Authority that the diesel engine will be offered as a no-cost option on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
To recap, Cadillac announced back in February that the 2021 Escalade will offer two engine choices: the naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine and the turbo-diesel 3.0L I6 LM2. Output for the standard gasoline V8 is rated at 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm, while the turbodiesel six is rated at 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. Both engines mate with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with Ford.
|Engine||Aspiration||Fuel Type||Valvetrain||Horsepower @ RPM||Lb-Ft Torque @ RPM||Transmission|
|6.2L V8 L87||Atmospheric||Gasoline||OHV||420 @ 5,600||460 @ 4100||10-speed auto|
|3.0L I6 LM2||Turbo-charged||Diesel||DOHC||277 @ 3750||460 @ 1500||10-speed auto|
The diesel is a first for the Escalade nameplate and will appeal to those who are into fuel efficiency by delivering “significant” MPG gains when compared to the gasoline-powered model. Those improvements in fuel economy should translate to a longer driving range, enabling owners to spend more time on the road and less time getting fuel.
However, those fuel economy gains will likely come at the expense of some performance, given that the turbo-diesel mill is down nearly 150 ponies versus the gas V8. Peak torque for both engines is identical, though the diesel achieves it significantly lower on the rpm band.
GM currently offers the same turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder Duramax engine in the 2019 and newer Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. The pickups feature notably better fuel economy and overall driving range when compared to their counterparts equipped with the 6.2L L87 V8 gas engine.
The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is slated to go into production at the GM Arlington Assembly plant in Texas in mid-2020. However, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced GM to temporarily idle its North American manufacturing operations while also pushing some new products back by a model year. As of this writing, the 2021 Escalade is still on track to launch for the 2021 model year, but that could change in the future.