New 2020 Cadillac Escalade: Twin Turbo 500+ HP V8 and Independent Suspension? (Spied)

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2019 Cadillac Escalade (photo: Cadillac)

Several spy images of the next generation 2020 Cadillac Escalade prototype surfaced recently. These go along with the next generation Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon prototypes that have also been seen.

GM has not released any official information about the next generation of their full-size SUVs. These prototypes appear to be approximately the same size as the current trucks, although they may ride on a slightly longer wheelbase. The images clearly show independent rear suspension. It would be a major departure for GM to switch from a solid rear axle to independent rear suspension, but many competitors in the segment did this in search of improved ride comfort and handling.

There are many rumors flying around about what might be under the hood of the next generation Escalade, the top dog big SUV from GM. What would you say if there was a twin-turbo 4.2L V8 under there that packs between 500-550 horsepower? This engine made its debut in the CT6 V-Sport sedan. In its highest performance tune the all-new 4.2L V8 delivers 550 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm and 627 lb-ft of torque @ 3,200 rpm.

Will this engine find its way under the hood of an Escalade? Will it have same power output? We do not know this, but it sure makes a lot of sense for the top-of-the-line luxury SUV.

Let us know what you think about this in the comments section below.

In the meantime, Cadillac is planning to release a three-row XT6 crossover at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) in about a month (January 2019).

Here is the current Escalade towing a maximum load up and the down the Ike Gauntlet™ – world’s toughest towing test.