The 2021 Escalade is here, dropping cover back in February in a special media event in Hollywood, California. Offered as an all-new generation for the iconic luxury nameplate, the new Cadillac Escalade is available with two engine options. Now, the EPA has revealed fuel economy figures for the full-sizer’s naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gas engine.
Placing the 2021 Escalade’s fuel economy figures next to those of the previous generation, we find that 2WD versions of the the new luxury SUV add one mpg in the city, but lose three mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, models equipped with 4WD lose two mpg on the highway and one mpg combined.
Note that these figures are only for the standard-length Escalade, and not the extended-length Escalade ESV.
|Drive Type||2021 Escalade MPG (City/Highway/Combined)||2015-2020 Escalade MPG (City/Highway/Combined)||+/- 2021 Escalade|
As a reminder, the 2021 Escalade is equipped as standard with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gas engine. The ‘eight features variable valve timing, direct fuel injection and Dynamic Fuel Management, with output rated at 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. The GM 10L80 10-speed automatic is on board for cog swaps.
Meanwhile, the previous-generation Escalade was exclusively equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L86, which also produces 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm, comes with variable valve timing, direct fuel injection and Active Fuel management, and mates to a GM 10-speed automatic transmission from the 2018 to 2020 model years (2015-2017 had the 8-speed auto).
For those buyers interested in a more efficient engine for their 2021 Escalade, Cadillac is also offering the SUV with the turbodiesel 3.0L I6 LM2 Duramax as a no-cost option. Output from the diesel powerplant is rated at 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm, and it too mates to the GM 10L80 10-speed automatic. Fuel economy figures for the diesel engine are currently not unavailable, but according to Escalade Marketing Manager Dave Schiavone, the gains should be “significant” compared to the standard gas V8.