This same change was also applied to the 2022 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, as well as the 2022 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. Just as with those models, Cadillac Escalade models with the 6.2L L87 V8 gasoline engines will utilize a new version of GM’s 10-speed automatic with controlled overdrive and a Traction Select System with specific tow/haul settings. This transmission, which is tagged with RPO code MHS, will be standard equipment in all Escalade and Escalade ESV models with the 6.2L V8.
As with GM’s other full-size SUVs, the previous version of the GM 10-speed automatic will continue to be used in Escalade models, equipped with the Duramax turbo-diesel 3.0L I6 LM2 engine in the SUVs. This version of the transmission, which was used in both gasoline and diesel versions of GM’s full-size SUVs for 2021, is tagged with RPO code MQC.
Chevrolet Communications representative Catherine Scales told GM Authority that this updated version of the transmission “allows our manufacturing and dealer teams to more easily align the specific calibration needed for the transmission and can enable OTA updates in the future.” While Scales was commenting specifically on the use of this transmission in the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, this same reasoning applies to the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV. The majority of GM’s latest products run its connected Vehicle Intelligence Platform/Global B architectures, which enable OTA updates for the infotainment system, chassis, powertrain, drivetrain and other important components.
The 2022 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV introduce minor changes, including the introduction of three new exterior colors: Mahogany Metallic, Galactic Gray Metallic, and Wilder Metallic. Other changes include the addition of the Buckle To Drive feature and the deletion of the Near Field Communication phone pairing feature.