The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV that comes with the bold exterior design, fine materials in the cabin and overall excellent performances. Under the hood is a powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that can produce 420 hp and inside is just about anything you can imagine. Moreover, the Escalade comes in two sizes, regular and the king-size ESV.
This Chevy Suburban-based Escalade includes all that is required to stay equal in the class among the rivals like Infiniti QX80, Lexus LX or Range Rover.
However, the main rival of the new model will be the Lincoln Navigator. The Escalade is a very capable vehicle, despite its imposing dimensions, and it can accommodate up to eight passengers and offers one of the best interiors in the automotive industry.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Spy Shots
Recently leaked photos of 2020 Cadillac Escalade reveals to the audience some exterior and design changes on the forthcoming vehicle. Still, we are not yet quite sure if the vehicle we catch sight of is the next-gen Escalade or refresh for 2019. Either way, the shapes are very similar, as well as dimensions.
However, the heavy camouflages cover almost every part where we expect to notice some styling changes or new features. What we were able to see, from the leaked photos of 2020 Escalade ESV is that this model will use some parts and features from the previous version.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Redesign
The first thing you gonna see on a 2020 Cadillac Escalade is a new, massive grille. Sure, the active-aerodynamics shutters behind this gigantic thing are equally important. These elements will increase highway aerodynamics and improving the fuel economy. The new Escalade also gets a full-LED headlight with four crystal in the headlights. Moreover, these crystals acting as the high beams, and gives off radiant light.
Also, the long vertical taillights employ LEDs making it very easy to follow this vehicle when it’s a little bit foggy or rain pouring and the visibility is low. The redesigned rear spoiler improve the aerodynamics of the Escalade, adds a sporting elegance to the SUV’s back
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade offers plenty of interior room and comfortable cabin, with the very rich and opulent materials in all three rows. The soft leather covers the seats, while wood inlays and an impressive amount of high-tech add-ons adorns the dashboard. Furthermore, with the 2nd-row bench option, the Escalade can accommodate up to eight passengers.
Although, the reality is that most customers will prefer the bucket-seat setup. This setup allows the passengers to easy access to the third-row. The third-row also can fold flat in the floor. However, this makes a slight tump at the rear liftgate opening. So, an additional few inches to lift is requiring before sliding in. Moreover, folding of the second and third row, increase storage capacity up to amazing 94.2 cubic feet. The Escalade ESV offers even more space – over 120 cubic feet.
Standard and Optional Equipment
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is probably the best-equipped vehicles in the class. The new model includes a 12-way power-adjustable seat, Magnetic Ride Control, 20-inch chrome-plated aluminium wheels, and a hands-free power liftgate. Also, standard equipment consists of a remote starter, tri-zone climate control, and a power-folding 3rd-row seat. A reconfigurable instrument cluster, heated and cooled front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a surround vision camera are available as well. As for the connectivity and sound, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible 16-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio are provided. On top of that, onboard Wi-Fi, CUE with navigation and a power tilt/telescopic steering column, with heated leather-wrapped steering wheel conclude this fantastic list of standard equipment.
As for the optional equipment, Lane Departure Warning, adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist, and the side blind-zone alert are available. Also, rear-camera mirror, upgrading braking system, and 22-inch machine-finished wheels are all part of optional packages. The higher trim levels add Nappa semi-aniline leather. Alos, suede microfiber headliner and climate-controlled 18-way-adjustable front seats with massaging functionality for the driver. Moreover, a sunroof, rear entertainment system with a 9-inch overhead screen, wireless headphone and remote control are available as well. Top Platinium variants get a distinctive chrome grille, leather-wrapped instrument cluster, and console and a power-retractable side steps.
Under the hood of 2020 Cadillac Escalade will be only one engine option. That unit is a 6.3-litre V8, capable to produce 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Base models are powered through their rear wheels (2WD). However, the four-wheel drive (4WD) will add to the total cost of the vehicle. The newest GM’s 10-speed automatic gearbox takes care of power delivery and brings the smooth shifting and pretty remarkable highway fuel economy.
This is even more awesome, taking into account the massive weight of the Escalade. Also, premium fuel is not necessary but it’s recommended. The EPA city/highway fuel economy for 2WD Escalade is 14/12 mpg and for four-wheel drive 14/2 mpg. As for the ESV model the EPA numbers are 14/23 mpg (2WD) and 14/21 mpg (4WD). The Escalade is set to tow 8,300 pounds.
2020 Cadillac Escalade Release Date and Price
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade offers four trim levels: Standard, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. The MSRP for the entry-level trim is just under $76,500, including a $1,300 destination charge. Next, the Luxury trim level starts around $5,500 more. Premium Luxury trim starts at $86,500, and the most expensive Platinum just below $95,600. The ESV models add an extra $3,000.
Furthermore, adding the four-wheel drive will cost you another $3,000. However, if you check every single addition option, the price of Escalade may go over $100,000. With these price range, the 2020 Cadillac Escalade is ahead of the rivals. The main opponents will beLincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Infiniti QX80. The Audi Q7 and the Infiniti QX80 starts below these prices. With the slight delay in production, the new model will probably be ready for the NAIAS 2020. But, the official release date is still a mystery.