The next-generation Cadillac Escalade is set to spawn an ultra-high-performance version of the SUV– and the Camaro ZL1’s engine will reportedly inspire it.
2021 Cadillac Escalade Spy Shots
News on the souped-up next-generation Escalade comes from Muscle Cars & Trucks, which cited close sources with details on the program. Per the info, this high-power Escalade was supposed to launch with this generation of the Escalade and work started under previous Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. The website included the hot Escalade program endured GM’s internal restructuring, which likewise apparently shelved the sixth-generation Camaro Z28.
2021 Cadillac Escalade Engine
Instead, the program was pressed back to introduce with the next-generation Escalade, and the sources included it would be a “powerhouse.” For those who aren’t mindful, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s engine is a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 understood as the LT4. In the Camaro ZL1 (and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06), it makes 650 horsepower. Should this engine discover its method into the next Escalade, it will be about a 230 hp bump over the most-potent powerplant readily available today, the 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 that does not have any turbos or supercharger.
GM remains in the process of putting the last touches on each of its next-generation full-size body-on-frame SUVs. The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon will also be upgraded along with the Cadillac Escalade. Aside from this “powerhouse” Escalade, we think of Cadillac will stuff its exclusive Blackwing twin-turbo V-8 in the SUV, too. The engine is currently tuned for two outputs for the CT6 sedan: 500 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, or a spicier 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Cadillac Escalade Debut
The new Escalade must debut next year as a 2021 model, but we imagine the supercharged V-8-powered SUV will not show up till a tad later on in the vehicle’s lifecycle.