2020 Cadillac Escalade Rumored to Receive Three Engine Options

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2020 cadillac escalade rumored to receive three engine options

If you like the Cadillac Escalade, you had also better be fond of General Motors’ 6.2-liter V8. Because that’s the only engine currently available for it. However, that may not be the case when the 2020 model pokes its head out of the factory door.

This is the second time we’ve heard buzzing about numerous engines becoming available on the luxury SUV and, frankly, we’re delighted to hear it. While there’s nothing wrong with the current model’s naturally-aspirated small block — excluding some customer complaints about noisy lifters — more choices are always better and we don’t foresee Cadillac abandoning the V8 anytime soon.

Claiming to have the inside scoop, Cadillac Society says the 2020 Cadillac Escalade will come with a trio of engine options. One of those will assuredly be the upgraded EcoTec3 that’s already started appearing in new GM pickups. Effectively just an improved version of of the 6.2-liter V8 that’s already in the Escalade, the unit should produce around 420 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque, adding cylinder deactivation and other economy-focused tech.

Less reliable rumors have also hinted that the CT6 V-Sport’s brand new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 should also make its way into the larger SUV. While unconfirmed by General Motors, it seems unlikely they’d leave the engine out of Cadillac’s flagship vehicle. The automaker has the motor rated for 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. As with the 6.2-liter, it should come mated to a 10-speed automatic.

While we don’t have anything specific to lean on for the third powertrain, we’re willing to bet our hats that it involves hybridization. Cadillac Society speculated on something akin to the CT6 Plug-in, but we’ve no way of knowing what the internal combustion component will be. Presently, the sedan uses a 2.0-liter internal-combustion unit paired with a 120 kW twin-motor hybrid system. That’s underpowered for the Escalade, but GMC is supposed to launch a hybridized pickup that utilizes a system better suited for Cadillac’s SUV.

Déjà vu. Didn’t General Motors try this exact thing a few years ago? Don’t expect that uncanny feeling to go away as details trickle in over the coming months. Meanwhile, a full reveal of the 2020 Escalade is expected to take place next spring.

[Image: General Motors]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Aug 07, 2018

    Son of Northstar in Escalade? Really? This marque has learned nothing in thirty years and really deserves bankruptcy.

    • Hydromatic Hydromatic on Aug 08, 2018

      I'd rather wait and see how the new engine pans out before condemning it to Northstardom.

  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Aug 08, 2018

    Is GM back to doing CVTs? I thought the Saturn fiasco was a "lesson learned" of course it's 20 years down the road since they started on that one.

  • FreedMike I'll welcome as many cars like this as I can, but I think Acura's "right move" was to put the Accord Sport's 2.0T in the base model and sell it for thirty-five or so. That's a pretty compelling performance / value proposition.
  • Wjtinfwb I'll certainly admit to a bit of nostalgia that drives my appreciation for these 70's yachts, but there's more to it than that. It was an era that the Big 3 ruled the luxury market with the German's and British nothing but a beer fart in the marketplace. That changed drastically as the early '80s crept in but in 1977, a Mark V or Seville was where it was at. No rose colored glasses, they were not great cars, what they were was a great living room that you could ride to the office in. I grew up on a diet of Cadillac's, Lincoln and one big Chrysler before dad made the move to a 280SE in about '77. Impeccably built and very road worthy, dad initially didn't like the firm seats, clunky automatic transmission and very weak A/C. The exorbitant maintenance costs didn't help. But he enjoyed the driving characteristics enough to get another Benz, then a 733i, an Audi 5000S and a Jag XJ6. Compare these to today's Cadillac's (non- V) and Lincoln's that with the exception of the Escalade and Navigator, are boring and probably even more pedestrian than the Eldorado, Seville and Mark's were.
  • FreedMike I was lucky enough to grow up in a household with the two best German luxury sedans of the time - a manual '81 733i, and a '75 Mercedes 450SE. The BMW was a joy on back roads, and the Benz was a superb highway car. Good times. And both were dramatically better than the junkheap American luxury cars Dad had before.
  • Wjtinfwb A Celebrity Diesel... that is a unicorn. Those early A-bodies were much maligned and I'm sure the diesel didn't help that, but they developed into very decent and reliable transportation. Hopefully this oil-burner Chevy can do the same, it's worth keeping.
  • Wjtinfwb After S-classes crested the 40k mark in the early '80s, my dad moved from M-B to a BMW 733i Automatic. Anthracite gray over red leather, it was a spectacular driving car and insanely comfortable and reassuring on long interstate hauls. My mom, not really a car person, used the BMW to shuttle her elderly Mom back home to Pennsylvania from Miami. Mom and grandma both gushed with praise for the big BMW, stating she could have driven straight through the car was so comfortable and confidence inspiring. A truly great car that improved through the E38 generation, at which point the drugs apparently took hold of BMW styling and engineering and they went completely off the rails. The newest 7 series is a 100k abomination.