Cadillac Escalade Diesel Under Consideration
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
Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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