Cadillac Escalade Adding Performance Vsport Model
At 420 hp, the 6.2-liter V-8 found in the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is no slouch. But it surely can’t hold a candle to performance SUVs in this segment like the Range Rover Supercharged and the Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG. Thankfully, GM’s luxury division is said to be looking to do something about that with the addition of a more powerful Escalade Vsport model. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade Short of recommending a Hennessey-tuned 2015 HPE550 Escalade, Cadillac has never had an answer for the 500-horsepower plus competitors, but Automotive News reports that David Schiavone, global product manager for the Escalade, is promising a sporty Vsport model. Current Vsport versions of the CTS and XTS use a twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V6 (shown below) with output similar to that of the Escalade’s base engine. It’s not clear exactly how Cadillac plans to pull this off, but it is definitely intriguing nonetheless.
In addition to the performance-seeking Vsport model — which seems to be more of a 'when' rather than an 'if' — the fourth-gen Cadillac Escalade could also receive a pair of V6 engines allowing it to better compete in the full size luxury SUV set. Dropping the aforementioned twin-turbo gas V6 under the hood of the Escalade almost seems like a no-brainer for Cadillac since the engine is already there and it would keep horsepower at current levels while helping to squeeze out a few extra mpgs.
For even better fuel economy, though, the report says that a turbo diesel V-6 is also under consideration for the Cadillac Escalade. This could not only give some real competition to the diesel-powered GL350 BlueTec with its 26-mpg highway rating, but it could also make the Escalade more attractive for buyers in foreign markets.
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More importantly, all of these engines will be in addition to the current V8, which means Escalade buyers will finally have similar powertrain choices to many of its rivals.