Next Generation Cadillac Escalade to Receive Supercharged Camaro V8: Report

Chad Kirchner
by Chad Kirchner
next generation cadillac escalade to receive supercharged camaro v8 report

Cadillac is hard at work preparing for the next generation of their big bruiser Escalade. Lincoln’s counterpart, the Navigator, makes a healthy 450 horsepower from its Raptor engine. How does Cadillac plan to compete? A new report suggest it’s going to get some help from the Camaro.

According to a posting from Muscle Cars and Trucks, the Escalade is going offer the supercharged V8 that powers the Camaro ZL1 and the Corvette Z06. While details are light on when this engine will go in, or what type of performance to expect, it is apparently going to be a “powerhouse.”

The 650-horsepower and 650 lb-ft that comes from the LT4 would be a great performance boost in a vehicle like the Escalade, but it would be a bit surprising to see General Motors not use the new Blackwing twin-turbo V8 that Cadillac is working on. A flagship engine really should be in a flagship product and, with SUV sales the way they are, the next-generation Escalade will be the flagship.

There is another possibility, though less likely. Cadillac could be reserving the Blackwing name for a series of engines, and those engines might be different depending on the application. It seems ridiculous, though, for Cadillac to not offer that engine eventually in the Escalade, especially since it’s going to appear in other products.

Cadillac does need to do something to stand out, however. While the Escalade is certainly a premium offering, it’s starting to show its age compared to something modern like the German competition and the new Navigator. Lincoln has stepped up its game recently, and the upcoming Aviator will use an advanced hybrid powertrain that makes 600 lb-ft of torque. That hybrid architecture is expected to roll out in varying degrees across both Ford and Lincoln.

Hopefully we’ll know soon enough if this supercharged V8 report is true.

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  • Dantes_inferno Dantes_inferno on Jul 15, 2019

    That engine will push it's stellar fuel economy to 2 gallons per mile.

    • Hummer Hummer on Jul 15, 2019

      The fuel economy memes must be in black and white because they haven’t been relevant in at least 20 years. The 6.2L does stellar on fuel while pushing the 0-60 below 6 seconds in the Escalade. And that’s just the N/A version.

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Jul 15, 2019

    A mere passenger car engine? Horsefeathers! I demand a Hall-Scott underfloor bus engine, with a ground-shaking rumble and economy of one gallon per mile!

  • SCE to AUX Probably couldn't afford it - happens all the time.
  • MaintenanceCosts An ugly-a$s Challenger with poor equipment choices and an ugly Dealership Default color combination, not even a manual to redeem it, still no sale.
  • Cha65689852 To drive a car, you need human intelligence, not artificial intelligence.Unfortunately, these days even human brains are turning into mush thanks to addiction to smartphones and social media.
  • Mike1041 A nasty uncomfortable little car. Test drove in 2019 in a search for a single car that would appease two drivers. The compromise was not much better but at least it had decent rear vision and cargo capacity. The 2019 Honda HRV simply was too unforgiving and we ditched after 4 years. Enter the 23 HRV and we have a comfy size.
  • SCE to AUX I wonder who really cares about this. "Slave labor" is a useful term for the agendas of both right and left."UAW Wants Auto Industry to Stop Using Slave Labor"... but what will the UAW actually do if nothing changes?With unrelenting downward pressure on costs in every industry - coupled with labor shortages - expect to see more of this.Perhaps it's my fault when I choose the $259 cell phone over the $299 model, or the cheaper parts at RockAuto, or the lower-priced jacket at the store.Do I care about an ethical supply chain? Not really, I just want the product to work - and that's how most consumers are. We'd rather not know.Perhaps the 1990s notion of conflict-free, blood-free, ethically-sourced diamonds will find its way into the auto industry. That would be a good thing.