Future Cadillac Escalade
We expect the next-generation Cadillac Escalade to reach the market around the 2020-2021 model years. Until then, we expect the current, fourth-generation Escalade to receive minor changes, updates, and improvements.
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the future Cadillac Escalade. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors and Cadillac.
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- What: an all-new full-size luxury SUV that will represent the fifth generation of the Escalade nameplate
- When: we expect the next Escalade to launch in the 2020 calendar year as a 2021 model year vehicle
- Why: an all-new Escalade will ensure Cadillac’s leading position in the full-size luxury SUV space against a rising tide of competitors
- Where: sold in all current markets where Cadillac has a business presence, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, South Korea, the Middle East, Russia, and Europe. The next Escalade could be sold in more countries if the Chevrolet brand enters new markets.
Following are our expectations of the future Cadillac Escalade:
- Ride on the new GM T1 platform, ensuring all-new engineering and underpinnings
- Retain the Escalade name, in light of Cadillac’s new vehicle naming nomeclature
- Become significantly lighter than the fourth-generation model, by as much 500 pounds (220 kilograms)
- Introduce all-new exterior and interior designs, incorporating cues from the Cadillac Escala concept
- Become more sophisticated, more convenient, and more luxurious while further differentiating itself from other GM full-size truck platform variants, such as the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban on the exterior and interior and exterior
- Potentially introduce a console shifter, replacing the column shifter of all previous models
- Improve third-row configuration and usability
- Include next-generation CUE 3.0 infotainment system
- Potentially add an independent rear suspension, possibly as an option
- Include the GM Super Cruise autonomous driving technology
- Introduce new Cadillac 4.2L V-8 DOHC twin-turbo engine
- Introduce a plug-in hybrid/PHEV variant like the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid
We expect the upcoming future Cadillac Escalade to continue being available as a full-size SUV in two wheelbases: a regular Escalade and an extended-length Escalade ESV.
We expect that the starting price of the next Escalade will grow from the $73,000 price tag of the current, fourth-generation model.
We expect the next-gen Cadillac Escalade to ride on GM’s T1 platform shared with future full-size GM trucks and SUVs including:
- Next Chevrolet Silverado
- Next Chevrolet Tahoe
- Next Chevrolet Suburban
- Next GMC Sierra
- Next GMC Yukon/Yukon XL
We expect the next Cadillac Escalade to feature the following engine choices:
- New Twin-Turbo Cadillac 4.2L V-8 DOHC engine for Escalade/Escalade ESV (gasoline)
- Supercharged 6.2L V-8 LT4 or LT5 in Escalade-V/Escalade ESV-V (gasoline)
- Electric plug-in hybrid/PHEV (gasoline/electric)
- New turbo-diesel engine for European markets (diesel)
We expect that the next Escalade will only be offered with the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission.
The future Cadillac Escalade will have the following competitors:
- Lincoln Navigator
- Mercedes-Benz G-Class/G-Wagon/Galandenwagen
- Infiniti QX80
- Lexus LX570
Before The All-New Model
Before the all-new future Escalade reaches the market, we expect the current fourth-generation Cadillac Escalade to receive minor changes, updates, and improvements. See information about the current Escalade by using the following links:
- 2015 Cadillac Escalade
- 2016 Cadillac Escalade
- 2017 Cadillac Escalade
- 2018 Cadillac Escalade
- 2019 Cadillac Escalade
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