That's it: The next generation Cadillac Escalade, seen here in both the short-axle and the long-axle ESV, hides and is covered in camouflage. (Of the two escalated lengths, it sticks up with the mechanically-like Chevrolet Tahoe, while ESV is a more advanced suburb.) General Motors puts the finest details on its newly developed full SUV series, which spans the Chevrolet's GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the escalators you see here. As usual, SUV updates update warmly on the heels of GM's latest full pickup trucks to Chevrolet and GMC, which was brand new in 2019.
Why: Gas Prices continues to be hunkered low to ground, fueling-pun intended-ever greater demand for big trucks and SUVs. This has in turn led car manufacturers to pay more attention to the once-outtarious full-size SUV segment. Lincoln's latest Navigator is pretty good and Mercedes-Benz is expected to release a brand new GLS class soon. (The aging Benz is our current favorite among big SUVs, and we have given it 10 top trucks and SUVs awarded two years of race.) Long story short, as strong as the Escalade brand is, the new model must push the envelope to be relevant in the face of ever better competition.
Platform: Innovation is a good way to keep up with SUV Joneses, and Escalade, like Chevrolet and GMC colleagues, gets a big upgrade: an independent back suspension. Lincolns Navigator has had an independent rear instead of a solid rear axle in truck style for many years; Benz has never used a pin axle. It is an important development, a sure to improve Cadillac's quite rigid, jouncy ride and trust in its elephant management. The new suspension design bolts in GM's latest T1 platform, as we have made clear, are shared between Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban as well as GMC Yukons. Expect to see some weight savings in the new rigs, as well as rigid frames and bodies for extra refinement. As you can tell from these camouflaged prototypes, Escalade and Escalade ESV will remain blocked and impressive.
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Propulsion: The outgoing escalator comes with a single engine, a 420 liter 6.2 liter V-8 rear or all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. We expect the new model to hold that event, possibly with the engine that provides more horsepower and get the same new fuel-saving cylinder deactivation feature introduced on the latest Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks. However, Cadillac can also add its new 500-plus-hk twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter V-8 engine to the show as an upgrade.
Competition: BMW X7, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS Class, Range Rover.
Estimated Arrival and Price: Today's Escalade starts at close to $ 100,000, so do not expect the new model to cost anything less than that; ESV will be even more pricier. Look for the new Cadillac SUVs that will be shown early in 2019 on a motor show and go on sale by the end of the year.