The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will be offered with a 3.0L LM2 inline-six turbodiesel engine, which will be a no-cost option in place of the standard 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine that will be found in the full-size luxury SUV.
Under the recently introduced nomenclature, all Cadillac models receive a numbered badge that is representative of the engine’s torque output measured in newton-meters and rounded to the nearest 50. The 3.0L LM2 diesel is rated at 460 pound-feet of torque – equivalent to 623 newton-meters, or 600 when rounded down. The ‘D’ signifies the presence of a diesel engine, obviously, with turbocharged gasoline models using a ‘T’ instead. The diesel engine produces 277 horsepower in the Escalade.
Additionally, we can confirm that Escalade models equipped with the standard 6.2L V8 engine will receive a ‘600’ badge. The V8 engine is gas-powered and naturally aspirated, so it receives neither a ‘D’ or a ‘T’ as a suffix for the ‘600’. The 6.2L V8 is good for 420 horsepower and has the same torque output as the diesel at 460 pound-feet, or 623 newton-meters.
Cadillac introduced this torque-based naming scheme to as part of its slow transition to electric powertrains. Torque ratings can be applied to both electric motors and internal combustion engines, so this naming convention will be relevant whether the vehicle in question is gas, diesel, or electric.
Diesel examples of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade are expected to arrive after the gasoline models. Production of the diesel models is expected to ramp up about three months after the Start of Regular Production (SORP) for the gasoline models, which will begin rolling off the line at GM’s Arlington Assembly plant in Texas sometime this month.
Pricing for the regular 2021 Cadillac Escalade will start at $77,490 in the United States including destination, while the extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV will be priced from $80,490.
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