Spied! 2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV Caught Testing on Public Roads

By Trevor Dorchies | October 24, 2012
Finally, a change of pace from something covered in camouflage under General Motor's tutelage. This time, it's NOT called the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. While everyone was chasing the C7 to get a better glimpse, our spy photographer caught the 2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV testing on public roads as well. While it's heavily draped in camo, we can make out more exterior styling features up front than any photos of the next-generation Escalade. The latest round of Escalade photos show off the grille which bends gently in the middle to form a V-pattern, a design made popular by the CTS and more recently, the ATS and XTS.  It also looks like Caddy's design team had a surplus of LED lights lying around the design studio, as the front-end appears to use more than its fair share. LED strips run from almost top-to-bottom around the outer edge of the front-end. The rest of the body is wrapped up good and tight but from the side, it's obvious the fourth-gen lux-truck will feature a stubbier nose than in previous variations. While the next-gen Chevrolet Silverado hasn't been completely uncovered, it appears to share a side profile similar to that of the Escalade. Inside, Caddy's CUE system will now be available in the Escalade, and may receive some extra upgrades to separate itself from the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, as well as the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. As for what's underneath the hood, the Escalade will continue to drum up motivation from a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, but whispers of a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 as an option are getting louder too. This same engine has been seen powering a 2014 CTS prototype, and isn't out of the realm of possibility for the Escalade. Either engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission in an effort to save fuel. GM also continues to tinker with magnesium sheet metal as a source of cutting vehicle weight and it's very possible that the next Escalade will feature this as well.
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