Cadillac’s redesigned Escalade full-size SUV can’t be too far away. We know that because the automaker started testing new-gen flagship already, and what’s more important, the prototypes are more frequent lately. This time, for instance, we’ve managed to catch a long-wheelbase variant of the SUV, which is going to be introduced as the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV.
Compared to the regular model that’s limited to 204 inches, the redesigned Escalade ESV is over 20 inches longer. From the outside, the extra length means longer rear doors and lengthened tail section, while inside, the SUV gets extra room for the second and third row of seats, as well as some extra cargo space.
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV will ride on a new architecture. Instead of the current K2XX design, the SUV will feature General Motors’ T1XX body-on-frame platform. The move is very important because with the swap the flagship SUV gets a significant amount of aluminum that will save some weight. More precisely, the successor will lose around 300 pounds, which will definitely have a positive influence on fuel efficiency.
The fuel saving will be additionally conditioned by a new 10-speed automatic transmission and better engines. A naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 engine will be among options without any doubt. However, the bigger news is definitely a plug-in hybrid mill, which will be introduced at some point for sure, as well as the company’s new 4.2-liter twin-turbo that’s capable to squeeze over 500 horsepower. As always, the Escalade will come in the rear- and four-wheel drive configurations.
In place of thus far standard solid rear axle, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV will adopt independent rear suspension. This will not only increase the level of comfort and ride quality of the SUV but will also provide additional cargo room because of the lowered floor in the back.
The prototype of the new-gen Escalade shows some extra sensors, which means that the SUV is getting Cadillac’s SuperCruise partial self-driving feature. Cool piece of technology…
Styling wise, the flagship seems to feature automaker’s new design language which has been originally introduced by 2016’s Escala concept car. The overall shape of the SUV is still boxy and rugged, but it’s pretty clear that the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV adopts concept’s mesh pattern for the grille. As far as we see, the bold vehicle will get XT4’s LED headlights, yet vertical taillights that appear to be more aggressive than the current ones.
According to some reports, the 2020 Escalade will make debut next spring at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The entry-point model will most probably cost $80,000, while the ESV should be priced over $100K.