Cadillac Might Offer 2020 Escalade With Hybrid and Performance Powertrains
Exclusive V-8 Could Distinguish Caddy from Tahoe and Yukon
Cadillac will reportedly offer the 2020 Escalade luxury SUV with three different powertrains, according to enthusiast site Cadillac Society, quoting a source close to the new SUV’s development. Each powertrain will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, bolstering performance and efficiency.
It’s likely that one of those new powertrains will be a plug-in hybrid, taking cues from Caddy’s CT6 2.0e fullsize sedan. The CT6, which pairs battery-electric propulsion with a 2.0L turbocharged I-4, produces 335 hp and 432 lb-ft, numbers that fade compared to the current Escalade’s 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. But pair electric motors with a more powerful engine (say, the 2019 Silverado 1500’s 2.7L turbo four), and suddenly a 450hp hybrid doesn’t seem unreasonable—with at least 22 mpg in the city to boot. The 2009-2013 Escalade Hybrid, which wasn’t a plug-in capable of extended electric-only driving, achieved 20 mpg on the EPA’s test cycle in town and 21 on the highway. Expect the Escalade 2.7e (or whatever they call it) to improve on both numbers significantly.
Another conjectured powertrain for the Escalade would likely be a Cadillac exclusive. The company recently introduced a twin-turbocharged 4.2L V-8 in the 2019 CT6 V-Sport sedan, and Cadillac Society suggests this new engine could make its way to a top-spec Escalade sometime soon. In the V-Sport, the new engine is estimated to produce 550 hp and 627 lb-ft, well above the output of the current Escalade’s 6.2L V-8. Cadillac also says it will produce a 500hp version of the engine, and that mill, if tuned for greater low-end torque, would make for a very interesting SUV powertrain.
The third engine will likely be the current 6.2L V-8, with a carryover 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. The base-model Escalade should use this mill, with efficiency and performance improving thanks to expected lightweighting of the SUV. Furthermore, the 6.2 will probably receive Dynamic Fuel Management, allowing it to run on only one cylinder in low-load situations.
The new Escalade should be revealed sometime next year, possibly as soon as the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
Source: Cadillac Society