2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

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    2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect
    Automobilemag
    September 6, 2017
    By: Automobile Staff
    Illustrated by: Radovan Varicak


    Lincoln is just now launching the third Navigator to be equipped with an independent rear suspension, and yet we’ve got a couple years before Cadillac finally responds with IRS and/or air suspension in its much-anticipated fifth-generation Escalade. Despite having most of the decade to develop the ’20 Escalade—the “all-new” 2015 model was more an evolutionary update of the ’07, hobbled by General Motors’ 2009 bankruptcy —it is rumored that company brass approved ditching the solid rear axle on its most profitable model late in the program. So the Escalade, its long-wheelbase ESV variant, and the less-expensive Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/XL brethren finally will offer a flat cargo floor. No more lifting out the heavy third seat before you head to Target.
    The new Escalade is expected to be one of the first Cadillacs equipped with the new 4.0-liter double-overhead-cam V-8 to which the Escala concept alluded. Like the next-generation pickups and SUVs, it has been in development for much of the decade, and it’s not clear how quickly the twin-cam will replace the small-block (which will then be 65 years old) in GM’s narrowing V-8 lineup. We do know the Escalade’s V-8, whichever engine, will be paired with a 10-speed automatic added last year, and that rear- and four-wheel drive will be offered. Don’t be surprised to see a plug-in hybrid variant possibly as early as the second model year.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    So now, according to this, it is a 4.0 l v8 and Escalade will be one of the first Cadillac to get it.
    What happened to 4.2l v8 TT for CT6 in 2018?
    Also "much of the decade in development"..

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    If they fix the 3rd row and the column shifter, that's a big improvement in my book. I'd prefer air suspension over MRC, but I am doubtful that they would actually make the switch.

    Plus fix the vibration issue if they haven't already.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    Not sure why any reputable automotive journalist would claim the current V8 is 65 years old. It is a completely different design that doesn't share much more than the number of cylinders.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    Quote Originally Posted by supermoto View Post
    Not sure why any reputable automotive journalist would claim the current V8 is 65 years old. It is a completely different design that doesn't share much more than the number of cylinders.
    No kidding, the V8 is 115 years old, not 65!

    If you're going to consider the current GM V8 as a direct descendant of the original Chevy small block then you may as well go all out and go all the way back to the actual first. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V8_engine

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    Soooo, lemme see......

    No one is complaining about the 6.2L in the Escalade, but the 2020 model will be the "first" Cadillac to get a "4.0L DOHC V8". Boy, that 4 liter better be one torquey mother. I call BS.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    Soooo, lemme see......

    No one is complaining about the 6.2L in the Escalade, but the 2020 model will be the "first" Cadillac to get a "4.0L DOHC V8". Boy, that 4 liter better be one torquey mother. I call BS.
    It better be breathed on to make the torque down low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91fairladyZ View Post
    It better be breathed on to make the torque down low.
    The thing is, the Escalade is a success. Why wreck it? Caddy has other fish to fry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    The thing is, the Escalade is a success. Why wreck it? Caddy has other fish to fry.
    They have to update it

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    Quote Originally Posted by RamJet502 View Post
    They have to update it
    Of course. Like I said, update it but don't wreck it.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    Aren't coming out with another 3 row SUV as well? XT8? That might be a good fit for the turbo V8.

    I agree, don't screw up the Escalade. IRS, updated technology, maybe more power train options above the current 6.2L V8, etc.

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    Re: 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    No one is complaining about the 6.2L in the Escalade
    Throw a supercharger on the 6.2. Then there will be even less than no complaining.
    If they must make a new engine, make an 8.1 and 8.1 Supercharged.
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    I hate those horizontal headlights!
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    Quote Originally Posted by CJH View Post
    I'd prefer air suspension over MRC, but I am doubtful that they would actually make the switch.
    Air probably makes more sense for the Escalade but I personally prefer MRC by a huge margin. The balance of ride quality and handling you get with MRC is hard to beat.
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    Re: 2020 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV: What to Expect

    I love these "what to expect" articles. As if they have some kind of inside knowledge...More like what THEY expect! Also, I hate it when they take a current vehicle and try and mess with it to make it look like a future model. I'm sure the next 'Slade will look NOTHING like that!

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