We’ve got some really hot news about the next-generation Cadillac Escalade. Reportedly, the luxury full-size SUV is going to get a quite powerful option under the hood. According to Muscle Cars & Trucks, the car manufacturer will treat Escalade fans with a mighty mill that’s currently available under the hood of the Camaro ZL1.
More precisely, the vanilla model will use the awesome supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 LT4 engine capable of producing 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. If the option really arrives, you can expect to be matched with the company’s incredible 10-speed automatic transmission which will send power to both axles. The most powerful Escalade ever will gain some additional benefits in the form of revised Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve and tweaked transmission calibration in order to match the amazing engine.
Today’s model comes with a 420-hp powertrain, so, at first glance, the power bump for the successor sounds too crazy to be true. Still, bearing in mind what’s the offer of the biggest rivals, the 650-hp 2021 Cadillac Escalade seems like the only logical move.
That’s not going to be everything though. Instead, the next-generation Escalade will reportedly feature one more incredible option beneath the hood and that would be a Blackwing twin-turbo V-8 – the 4.2-liter mill that comes in two flavors: 500 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque as well as 550 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque.
In addition to more powerful engines, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is getting a new architecture. As we’ve announced earlier, the full-size SUV will ride on GM’s T1XX body-on-frame platform. The underpinning will not only make available new technologies but will also cut some weight. Also, the completely redesigned Escalade is going to get Cadillac’s all-new infotainment and entertainment systems, as well as quite impressive Super Cruise technology.
Of course, the 650-hp 2021 Escalade isn’t going to become available at launch. While the regular new-gen model should make its official debut early next year, the topping option will be introduced toward the end of 2020.