Want to roll in the latest Cadillac Escalade? You can get it with a 6.2-liter V8... or a 6.2-liter V8. Cadillac only offers the one engine option. But that may soon change.

According to the latest from Automotive News, Cadillac is contemplating a couple of new powertrain options for its blingin' big ute. The report suggests a twin-turbo V6 and a V6 turbodiesel could be offered, and that Cadillac could create a Vsport version of the Escalade like it offers on the new CTS sedan.

The more diverse engine offerings would help attract buyers from the new Lincoln Navigator, its prime competitor, which switched from a 5.4-liter V8 this year to a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. The turbo V6 engines (both gasoline and diesel) would also help Cadillac market the Escalade overseas – particularly in Europe, where higher fuel prices preclude the prospect of driving a big V8 SUV for many buyers. Escalade sales have dropped from 35-40k units in the mid-2000s to around 12,000 the past couple of years.

Just what would power the Vsport model, however, remains a big question mark. In the CTS Vsport, Cadillac exclusively offers a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 with 420 horsepower – a good hundred horses more than the naturally aspirated model. The V8 currently offered in the Escalade already churns out 420 hp, but supercharged versions of GM's small block V8 have been known to produce significantly more.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Diesel would be a perfect fit.
      Al
      • 5 Months Ago
      "Cadillac. The car for the man who believes everything he is told about a car".
      Marc Hamady
      • 5 Months Ago
      If they are gonna offer a twin-turbo V6 in the Escalade, it should be a twin-turbo charged version of the 4.3L Ecotec3 V6.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 5 Months Ago
      I smell a $150k range topping escalade. Don't know how that would sell. The highest priced escalade is just short of $100k
      Koenigsegg
      • 5 Months Ago
      Cadillwack
      Jai
      • 5 Months Ago
      I wonder how many times this is going to be recalled.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 5 Months Ago
      V-Sport for the gold-teeth crowd. What a crock! Can you imagine some fat crackhead driving one of those V-Series. Cadicrack - "The ultimate sport ute for the Crack Hoes and Rappa Wannabees"
        R.t Voll
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        You're pathetic. Please stop spitting such arrogant crap.
        jtav2002
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        The funny thing is, with all the stereotypes that exist about Escalade drivers, in my area, they're mostly driven by middle-upper class suburbanites. Not saying that those other people don't drive them, but here they're definitely found in more affluent neighborhoods, not parked outside sitting on 24's outside a rowhouse in the ghetto.
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      Turbodiesel makes more sense. Dust off the 4.5L Duramax and put it in.
        carguy1701
        • 5 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        That said, considering that a 'sclade starts at just under 72k, if you're shopping for one, you probably can afford to feed it.
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 5 Months Ago
      The escalade is basically a west coast custom version of a Tahoe.
      Mchicha Wacheza
      • 5 Months Ago
      Cadillac should start by considering a new shift lever for this vehicle. That pick up truck one just does not cut it.
        carguy1701
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Mchicha Wacheza
        There's nothing wrong with the shifter.
        Jarda
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Mchicha Wacheza
        exactly, it looks just stupid
        r9709
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Mchicha Wacheza
        I believe 1970 already called and asked for their shift lever back.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 5 Months Ago
      Maybe they should invest in a good supercharger kit. I fitted a Magnuson supercharger kit to my 2008 Hummer H2. It now has 520 hp (120 more than the regular model) and only has a 1 mpg defecit.
        Tom
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        A hummer??? Your a decade behind the times
        Mondrell
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Seems like the natural road of evolution to any V-sport/flagship trim to me. Not only does the LF3 offer no upside for the top end of this application, GM already has the engineering resources in place to either further optimize this LS V8 with a kit or swap it for one of its performance-built cousins.
      greg
      • 5 Months Ago
      so instead of 9mpg it might get 12-13 or maybe even 15 thats an amazing acheivement
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