Looking to stay competitive with its European rivals the 2015 Cadillac Escalade has received a complete overhaul and now reports suggest that update could extend to a unique new powertrain.
According to a recent interview with Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for GM trucks, the powertrain development for the next-generation SUV and truck offerings from GM is still under development. The 2015 Escalade will launch with a six-speed transmission, but Luke hinted that an eight-speed will eventually replace the carryover transmission. The American automaker is also developing a ten-speed for its rear-wheel drive platforms.
But the biggest news is that diesel engines are also on the table over the next few years for all of GM’s new truck and SUV lineup. GM will keep a close eye on Chrysler, which recently launched a V6 diesel powerplant in its Jeep Grand Cherokee, in order to determine the viability of offering a diesel Escalade. A hybrid model is also under consideration, despite the fact that the current-generation Escalade’s hybrid variant was phased out after weak sales.
GALLERY: 2015 Cadillac Escalade Live Photos
GALLERY: 2015 Cadillac Escalade
[Source: Automotive News]
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