This is the second time I’ve managed to catch a prototype of Cadillac’s new-gen flagship SUV. However, this testing vehicle isn’t any kind of future Escalade. No, you are looking into the long-wheelbase model that’s called the ESV.
Essentially, the regular and stretched versions of the SUV share practically everything. The main difference is extra inches of the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV. If the automaker leaves everything as it is now, the LWB model will have over 20 inches over the entry-level Escalade. The additional space is mostly used for the second and third row of seats, which means that the ESV provides some extra comfort.
The T1XX body-on-frame platform is suitable for a range of engine options. However, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV will come paired with three options only. The automaker is reportedly working on a plug-in hybrid Escalade at the moment, but that’s pretty much everything I know so far. On the other hand, the straight gasoline model will rely on an updated naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 and Cadillac’s all-new 500-hp 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Both options will be paired with a 10-speed auto transmission, standard rear- and optional four-wheel drive.
As you can see, it’s still pretty hard to presume in which direction thinks the automaker when it comes to the exterior styling. Judging by the spy shots, however, the redesigned flagship SUV will most definitely receive an evolutionary makeover that’s going to have some in common with carmaker’s seductive-looking Escala concept. More precisely, it’s clear even now that the 2020 Cadillac Escalade ESV is going to receive pretty much identical grille treatment as the concept. The headlights have been revamped as well: it appears that the successor hosts vertical LED’s. On the other side, the SUV will illuminate itself by a pair of vertical taillights. The testing prototype gets a number of sensors, which means that you can expect Cadillac’s SuperCruise partial self-driving feature.
The long-wheelbase new-gen Escalade will most likely cost around $100K. The SUV will be introduced next spring at the 2019 New York Auto Show.