The current fourth generation Escalade entered the market in 2014. In the home market, the standard model of the current generation showed the best result in 2018 – 24,815 cars were sold, which is 7.9% more than a year earlier. Now the company is preparing a new generation of SUV: recently, the model came across photo spies, and now the American brand has published a short video teaser with the interior of the future news.
Judging by this video, the “fifth” Escalade will have a single digital display that will combine both the instrument panel and the multimedia system. It will be a curved screen with organic LEDs – OLED, and its resolution will be made equivalent to the 4K television standard. The diagonal of this touchscreen is 38 inches. This is a really big screen, although the Byton Chinese M-Byte electrocrossover (a startup created by natives of BMW and Nissan) is larger – its diagonal is 48 inches. So far, there is no outlet SUV on sale, it will start on the home market in 2020, and will appear in Europe and the USA in 2021.
But back to the new Cadillac Escalade. Last week, spy photos of new items were published on the social network Instagram. In the “carousel” were pictures of both the interior (with a large display divided into two parts, one of which, apparently, replaces the traditional dashboard) and the exterior. These images show that the company abandoned the vertical head optics: the headlights are now narrow and horizontal. However, thin LED strips of daytime running lights remained vertical. Wide chrome stripes on the radiator grill were replaced with black plastic “strokes”. The front of the “fifth” Escalade is reminiscent of the Cadillac XT6 SUV, and in profile it is still the Chevrolet Tahoe, but with chrome accents.
Following the latest Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban, the new Escalade most likely moved from the K2 platform to the T1 trolley. Recall that the Silverado pickup is also based on it. Related SUVs after a generation change have become larger, perhaps the SUV Cadillac has also grown. The length of the current standard Escalade is 5179 mm, the distance between the axles is 2946 mm. In the “stretched” version of ESV they are 5697 and 3302 mm respectively. For comparison, the dimensions of the new Tahoe / Suburban are equal: length – 5352 mm (wheelbase – 3071 mm) / 5733 mm (3406 mm).
The new Chevrolet SUV received an independent rear suspension instead of a continuous axle. They were also equipped with a Silverado turbodiesel – a three-liter in-line Duramax “six” with a return of 281 hp. and 623 Nm of torque. It is likely that the fifth generation also got the same updates.
It is expected that the gasoline engine will remain in range. Now the SUV is equipped with a 426-strong “aspirated” V8 with a volume of 6.2 liters. It is paired with a ten-speed “automatic” (in our market it is offered with 8AKP). The drive of the model is either rear or full. Note, the new Cadillac Escalade can also get an electric version, there are no details about it yet.
The presentation of the new items will be held in Los Angeles on February 4, 2020. The “fifth” Escalade should be brought to Russia. The results of the current SUV cannot be called particularly high: in the Russian Federation only 434 cars were sold in January-September 2019 (less by 7% than a year earlier). However, this is the most popular brand model in our market. Also, this result is greater than that of the Chevrolet Tahoe, which for the same period sold 321 pcs. (6% more).