After Navigator’s last-year launch, engineers from GM have speeded up the redesign process of the flagship SUV, so the new generation will come already as 2020 Cadillac Escalade. The famous nameplate has been around for years and it established a great position on the market, as one of the most prominent U.S. luxury SUVs, along with Lincoln Navigator.
The original model came in 1999. So far, there have been four generations of it. The current model is present since 2014, which would sound to recent for a complete redesign. However, the company doesn’t want to waste the time, but to be competitive at once. The new model will bring a lot of new design solutions. We are about to see a new platform, new styling, new V8 engine, but also things like independent rear suspension and much more. Expect 2020 Escalade arrival late in the next year.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Platform
Like every redesign, this one also starts with a completely new platform. The new architecture from GM is called T1. It is a classic body-on-frame platform, which has been designed to underprint full-size SUVs and trucks. Initially, there was a plan for this platform to be used in mid-size vehicles as well. However, the company has dropped this strategy, due to some technical problems. So, the new T1 architecture won’t be just basis for new 2020 Cadillac Escalade, but also for new-generation Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Sierra etc.
One of the benefits of a new platform will be changes in size. It looks like the new generation will be both longer and wider. Compared to the outgoing, the new one will have 6.5 inches more in length and 2.7 inches more in width. Expect also to see a longer wheelbase, probably for about 4.7 inches. This enlargement will definitely provide benefits in terms of comfort, especially in the third row of seating, which is about to finally become useful and comfortable enough.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Gets an Independent Rear Suspension
This will be one of the biggest technical novelties for the 2020 Cadillac Escalade. Considering that such a design solution is already applied in the arch-rival Lincoln Navigator, GM’s response seems natural. Benefits of this design solutions are numerous. First of all, we can expect a much better, car-like comfort. This refers especially for rear passengers, which will directly feel the benefits of such a design approach. Besides better comfort, this wheel independence will also improve SUV’s off-road capabilities, which is also very important for such vehicles, despite the luxurious approach.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Styling
Of course, this redesign is about to bring significant changes in terms of styling as well. After all, this is the aspect that actually has the biggest impact on sales numbers. For this occasion, we are expecting to see plenty of novelties. This model always had a special treatment, which doesn’t wonder at all, considering its flagship position on the market. The new model will rely on the recent Escala concept. This sedan introduced the brand’s newest design philosophy and 2020 Cadillac Escalade will go in the same direction. This means a completely new front end, characterized by extremely narrow headlights and other lighting groups, as well as a new grille design. The overall shape of the SUV will combine a little bit more rounded, but still with a solid number of sharp angles.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Interior Design
Another aspect where we expect to see significant improvements in the interior. The new cabin should come with a bunch of novelties. Of course, we will see a completely new dashboard layout, with stylish appearance and plenty of new design solutions. The 2020 Cadillac Escalade should raise the quality of leather and other materials, in order to finally match German competition. Thanks to the new platform, we will see far more space, especially in the second and third row of seating. Speaking of the third row, this is the area where we are about to see one of the biggest novelties of this redesign. The 2020 Cadillac Escalade will introduce a new third-row design, which will finally be able to fold flat, which is significant for the cargo space and overall practicality.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Gets a New V8 Engine
Another important novelty of this redesign will be a GM’s brand-new engine. It is a 4.2-liter twin-turbo unit, which comes with a completely new design, not in relation with current V8 units that company offers. Though the exact numbers are still unknown, a max output should figure in upper 400s, and with more than 500 pound-feet of max torque. Some unofficial reports suggest even greater numbers, where a max power will go around 550 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The new engine will come in a pair with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which will be sending the power to rear wheels. Of course, an AWD will be available too. Before new 2020 Cadillac Escalade, this engine should have its premiere in the new 2019 Cadillac CT6.
Besides a new V8 unit, we expect to see a proven 6.2-liter engine in the offer as well. This unit will be reserved probably for some kind of a hi-performance version. We should see numbers that can be four in versions that are in use for iconic sports cars Corvette and Camaro.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Super Cruise
Another novelty for the 2020 Cadillac Escalade will be a brand-new self-driving system called Super Cruise. This system relies on multiple cameras and sensors, which provide automatic braking and steering during highway driving. The great thing about this system is the capability of cruise control and lane centering in a full speed range.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Release Date and Price
Though precise information about 2020 Cadillac Escalade launch date is not available yet, it looks like the new model will probably come in the fall of 2019. When it comes to price, the new model will probably cost few thousands more. So base models should go around 78.000 dollars. Of course, the key competitor will be Lincoln Navigator. Still, the segment is full of excellent SUVs like Mercedes-Benz GLS, Toyota Land Cruiser, Infiniti QX80 etc.