Cadillac Escalade To Get Camaro ZL1's Engine In First Full-Size Super SUV

2019 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac might be in store for a supercharged Escalade SUV with 650 horsepower courtesy of the Camaro ZL1’s engine.

Is the world ready for another big and ultra-powerful SUV? We already have the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, FCA’s 707-horsepower apartment building on four wheels, but is a 650 horsepower Escalade something that the world needs?

Of course it is.

Sources speaking to Muscle Cars & Trucks say that a super Escalade is on its way for the next generation and will include the same engine as found on the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and the Corvette Z06. That’s a 6.2-L supercharged LT4 V8 with 650 horses and 650 lb-ft of torque, in case you’d forgotten.

Currently, the Escalade comes equipped with the 6.2-L EcoTec3 L86 V8, which is the same as found in the Chevy Silverado. It produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, which is more than sufficient for most applications, but in an SUV the size of the Escalade, it can still feel a little disappointing.

But we’re pretty sure if the Escalade were given an extra 230 horses it would solve that problem right quick.

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This would be Cadillac’s first performance SUV and might even be enough for it to earn the brand’s performance-oriented V-badge. It puts it within striking range of the Trackhawk and even out-powers the Mercedes-AMG G 63 with its 585-hp twin-turbo engine.

2019 Cadillac Escalade
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According to the publication, the Escalade was always supposed to receive the LT4, but was pushed back to the next generation due to GM’s restructuring plans. The next Escalade will ride on GM’s next-gen T1 platform and should arrive sometime in 2020 as a 2021 model year vehicle.

Cadillac seems to be a brand getting stretched in two directions. While other SUVs in the marque are getting hybrid and even electric powertrains, other vehicles are getting high-performance engines to take on the likes of BMW and Mercedes. It’s a bit strange and seems to send a confusing marketing message. We’ll have to see if GM can pull this juggling act off.

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