By on August 7, 2018

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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