The 2023 Cadillac Escalade debuts the third model year of the latest fifth-gen luxury SUV, ushering in a few updates and changes compared to the 2022 model year, including the introduction of the new Cadillac Escalade-V performance model. Now, GM Authority has learned that the 2023 Cadillac Escalade’s Heavy-Duty Trailering package is currently unavailable.
According to GM Authority sources, the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package, tagged with RPO code ZM1, is presently unavailable to order for all 2023 Cadillac Escalade trim levels. Normally, the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package is offered as optional for 2023 Cadillac Escalade Premium Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury Platinum, Sport Platinum, and Escalade-V trim levels. The Heavy-Duty Trailering Package is not available for the 2023 Cadillac Escalade Luxury trim level.
The Heavy-Duty Trailering Package for the 2023 Cadillac Escalade includes the following content (relevant RPO codes listed in parentheses):
- Auxiliary trailer camera (TRO)
- Two-speed electronic transfer case (NQH)
- Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System (PTT)
- Trailering Assist Guidelines (THS)
- Extra capacity cooling system (V03)
Note that the two-speed electronic transfer case (RPO code NQH) in the package is included for four-wheel drive models only, and is not included for the new Cadillac Escalade-V. Additionally, the extra capacity cooling system (RPO code V03) is included for models equipped with the 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, and is not included for models equipped with the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine.
The Heavy-Duty Trailering Package for the 2023 Cadillac Escalade is normally priced at $600 for all trim levels. That said, the package also requires the Performance Package ($2,700) when equipped on the Premium Luxury trim.
When equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade offers slightly higher overall tow ratings. Check out the table below for more information on Cadillac Escalade towing capacities, including models with and without the ZM1 Heavy-Duty Trailering Package.
2022 Cadillac Escalade Towing Capacities
|Model||Drivetrain||6.2L V8 L87||Turbo-Diesel 3.0L I6 LM2|
|Axle Ratio||Max Trailer Weight (lbs / kg)||Axle Ratio||Max Trailer Weight (lbs / kg)|
|Escalade||2WD||3.23||7,700 / 3,493||3.23||8,100 / 3,674|
|Escalade with ZM11||2WD||3.23||8,200 / 3,720||3.23||8,100 / 3,674|
|Escalade||4WD||3.23||7,500 / 3,402||3.23||7,800 / 3,538|
|Escalade with ZM11||4WD||3.23||8,000 / 3,629||3.23||7,800 / 3,538|
To note, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V has a max towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.
As a reminder, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade is available with either the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, rated at 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm, or the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine, rated at 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. Meanwhile, the Cadillac Escalade-V is equipped with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, rated at 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque.