The Escalade can easily be seen as an ancient design in a World where most new large crossovers are based on uni-body designs in order to improve the on-road feel. On the other hand, the massive luxury crossover built by Cadillac still rocks a truck chassis with updated suspension components and a much nicer engine than the rest. The end result? A crossover that weighs nearly 100 pounds more than the one it replaced with enough power to tow as much as 8,000 pounds with ease, all while being able to carry up to seven or eight people in perfect comfort.
While this recipe should not work, the Escalade is one of the better selling crossovers in its class and in order to keep those sales high and give people an even more impressive car, a new model is expected to be launched some time in the mid of 2017.
What’s new for 2017?
This 2017 Cadillac Escalade will be the mid-life update of GM’s luxury offering and it is expected to offer a slightly updated exterior, more features inside the cabin as well as an entirely new trim level. The latter is needed because currently, it doesn’t really offer a high performance version so people have to turn to the aftermarket World in order to get more power from their new purchase.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the base 2017 Cadillac Escalade is expected to get a new engine instead of the current old 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8. This new engine will first debut on the new CT6 and it will be a newly developed 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which is expected to make around 450 to 480 horsepower and up to 500 lb-ft of torque. Not only it will be able to offer pretty much the same tow rating and performance levels as the larger V8, but it will also improve the dreadful fuel efficiency of the current model which now sits at under 18 MPG on average. The Escalade V on the other hand will be an entirely new beast.
Instead of the small 4.2 liter engine, the V will very likely get the same 6.2 liter supercharged V8 that can be found on the CTS-V. In this application, the engine has been rumored to make more than 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque which should be enough to allow the massive crossover to get to 60 MPH in less than 5 seconds and up to a limited top speed of around 130 to 150 MPH.
Also, instead of the 8 speed automatic transmission that can be found on the current model, the new one will likely get a 10 speed automatic which has been in co-development with Ford for a few years now.
Design – Inside and Outside look
The exterior design of the upcoming 2017 Cadillac Escalade is definitely going to change and it is safe to assume that the car will take a very similar approach to the CT6 or even the XT5 with those very expressive headlights and the large imposing grille. However, in order to better fit the design of such a large SUV, we expect the Escalade to come with a few unique design notes such as a new bumper, slightly more up-to-date tail lights as well as rectangular exhaust pipes on the back.
The wheels will be all new as well while the “V” model will most likely come with a slightly more aggressive kit on it, larger wheels wrapped in higher performance summer tires as well as a lower suspension system in order to make the car more stable at higher speeds.
Inside the cabin things should remain pretty similar for the new 2017 Cadillac Escalade and in fact we expect no real changes here besides their new infotainment system as well as a bunch of new safety features. Also, the Escalade will likely be the first model to benefit from GM’s new autonomous driving features which will allow the car to drive itself up to highway speeds as well as park itself in certain scenarios.
2017 Cadillac Escalade Price
The upcoming Escalade V is expected to be the top of the range model and unlike the current car which starts at roughly $73,000, the new V will likely be offered from more than $100,000 and when equipped with all the usual extras, the price could get as high as $140,000 or more.