In a bid to make the Escalade a bit more competitive with the likes of the Porsche Cayenne or the Mercedes GL, Cadillac (NYSE:GM) is considering some new engine options and even a Vsport-inspired trim level to ensure that the SUV’s performance matches the bling it acquired with its new redesign.
Fresh off the company’s new hire of Johan de Nysschen, a former Audi and Infiniti executive who is credited with turning both brands into profitable and competitive entities, Automotive News is reporting that there could be a sport variant in the cards, as well as a turbo-diesel V6 option and a twin-turbo gasoline V6. The news comes from comments made by David Schiavone, the model line’s brand manager, per Automotive News.
Currently, the only unit available for the 2015 Escalade and Escalade ESV is the 6.2-liter V8, which is rather ubiquitous across General Motors’ portfolio of brands. In the Escalade, it produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
The new options would presumably make the Escalade more competitive with its key rival, the Lincoln Navigator, which for 2015 saw the loss of its V8 power altogether in favor of a 380 horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost-branded V6. The Navigator also starts at about $15,000 less than the Escalade and could possibly offer better fuel economy (the official specs haven’t yet been released).