Thought the GMC Yukon which debuted last month was already really fancy? Well, General Motors (GM) wasn’t done revealing its line up of full-sized SUVs just yet. There’s still one more model missing, and it is possibly one of the most popular luxury SUVs on the planet – the Cadillac Escalade. Now, the long wait is over as Cadillac officially launched the all-new 2020 Escalade.
Design-wise, the Escalade is undoubtedly the most stylish out of GM’s full-size SUV lineup. It is in-line with Cadillac’s current design language featuring a large grill and slim headlights upfront. The bumper then features slim vertical LED foglights. At the rear, Escalade fans will be glad to know that the thin vertical LED taillights have been retained. A large Cadillac shield is placed front and center just below the back glass. 22-inch wheels come standard on all trim levels.
Similar to the new Suburban and the new Yukon, the fifth-generation Escalade has grown both inside and out. As it is underpinned by the same platform as the other full-size GM SUVs, it now features independent rear suspension. As a result, it gives the already spacious cabin more room, especially for those in the third-row. Cadillac says that there is around 10-inches more legroom in the third row, making it one of the roomiest third-rows in the full-size SUV segment.
On the outside, the Escalade has grown too. Since it uses the same platform, the wheelbase has been stretched by 4.9-inches compared to the standard Escalade, and by 4.1-inches with the ESV (extended-wheelbase version). The SUV’s body is now 7.1-inches longer than the outgoing model and 2.6-inches longer than the ESV. This resulted in the extra legroom inside and the larger cargo area.
While the Escalade looks good on the outside, the cabin is a completely different realm making the top-spec Yukon look basic. Cadillac has given the SUV its own interior design featuring 38-inches of digital display on the dashboard. Though it may look like one giant screen sweeping from left to right, it is comprised of three screens.
The smallest screen is a 7.2-inch touchscreen display to the left of the driver which shows information such as a trip meter, mileage, and more. In front of the driver is a 14.2-inch display for instruments. The largest screen is a 16.9-inch unit which acts as the infotainment system. Cadillac says all screens use OLED technology and is standard on all Escalade models. However, the crazy tech doesn’t stop there.
Tech-wise, the new Escalade also features Augmented Reality-enabled navigation. The system works by displaying real-time images of streets on the screen in front of the driver. This helps show the driver where to go. Super Cruise is another cool feature now available on the Escalade. The system allows the Escalade to be driven hands free in various high-ways across the US and Canada thanks to the use of LiDar, GPS, cameras, and sensors.
Powering the Escalade are two engine options: GM’s 6.2-liter V8 or a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6. The V8 options produce the same 420 horsepower but now make use of GM's Dynamic Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation system. Meanwhile, the 3.0-liter inline-6 is good for only 277 horsepower but produces 623 Nm of torque. Both engines are available only with a 10-speed automatic and mated to a rear-wheel drive powertrain with 4WD capability.
Cadillac says the new Escalade will be arriving in the summer of 2020. While the prices have yet to be announced, we can safely expect it to be a lot more expensive compared to the Suburban or the Yukon.