The competition in luxury SUV world is stronger than ever, and the carmakers are capitalizing on the demand for new and larger models. That means usual business and work isn’t enough, and the manufacturers are finding new ways to rise above the competition. Yes, you read it well, the upcoming 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV will get an independent rear suspension.
As some sources are reporting, the General Motors are ready to ditch Escalade’s solid rear axle and opt for independent rear suspension (IRS).
2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV Exterior and Interior Difference
As you may know, Escalade is riding on the same body-on-frame platform like GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe.
Moreover, the extension is same as the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL. This quickly became an issue because General Motors wants a better work truck ethic, something the fans have been craving for. Some car companies like Ford already recognized the problem and ditched the solid rear for an IRS. The latest example is Lincoln Navigator.
Unfortunately for Escalade, this decision is coming with a huge delay. The latest Escalade redesign happened in 2015, and it was the first bigger overhaul since 2007. Some will say that the General Motor’s 2009 bankruptcy played a huge part. Now when the decision is made so late, the release of the upcoming Cadillac Escalade is delayed for 2020 instead of mid-2019.
Cadillac is ready to make more changes on the Escalade with more chrome materials and add some exterior touches based on Escala Concept. Escalade ESV model will also feature some changes and it will come as a two-feet longer vehicle than the standard model. Furthermore, the interior will come with increased quality in order to compete with luxurious rivals like Mercedes. This is another step forward for GM as the previous interior experience didn’t go so well for the customers.
Redesign and refined interior are not the only changes on new Escalade. General Motors is planning to integrate a Super Cruise feature that can be seen on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 model. It is a semi-autonomous hands-free driving system. This system uses map data in order to compute the correct trajectory. After this process, the car goes alone without driver input.
2020 Escalade and Escalade ESV Engine Rumors
Not only the Cadillac will change the rear suspension to an independent setup for the upcoming 2020 Escalade and Escalade ESV, but the engine too. Almost all the areas of the vehicle will better, and powertrain option is no different. The new model Escalade will be powered by a 4.0-liter V8 engine that is connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
While there is no further information about performance specifications, it is almost for sure that the Escalade will offer both rear or four-wheel drive. Furthermore, a plug-in hybrid variant is an option and should be released about a year after the standard model. Super Cruise is an advanced feature that is focused mostly on safety and it enables hands-free driving for the highway.
2020 Escalade and Escalade ESV Price and Release Date
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade will cost around $78,000. The Escalade ESV is visibly larger than the standard model. With all options loaded, it will cost more than $95,000.
As mentioned, due to the delay of adding new independent rear suspension, the Escalade will hit the market in 2020.