Spied! 2015 Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon

By Jacob Brown | April 10, 2013
More and more SUVs are switching to lighter, car-based "unibody" construction in order to achieve higher fuel economy numbers. However, there's a subset of SUV buyers who actually need the body-on-frame, heavy-duty construction of a truck-based SUV. Or they're rappers or athletes who just want a swanky ride. Paragraphimage Spied testing are all of full-sized GM SUVs, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and longer Escalade ESV, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Still heavily camouflaged, General Motors is testing them with ovoid badges on their fronts to make them look like they might be Ford products. They're not, though, evidenced by the Cadillac Escalade's LED lights running from the headlight housings all the way into the bumpers. Also, the Ford Expedition has an independent rear suspension; so far as we can tell, the new GM SUVs will carry on with a truck-like solid rear axle. That may come up short versus the silky smooth ride in competitors the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, but the Lexus LX570 and Toyota Land Cruiser still have solid rear axles and do wonders, too. We'll have to wait and see how GM tunes the suspension. Under the hood, we expect to see the same engines GM is offering in its pickup trucks: a base 4.3-liter V-6, 5.3-liter V-8, and a range-topping 6.2-liter V-8. The new 5.3-liter V-8 is the only one to receive official ratings thus far--355 horsepower, 383 pound-feet of torque, and a 23-mpg fuel economy rating. There's also a chance a small diesel engine could be coming as well as a turbocharged V-6 to take on Ford's wildly popular EcoBoost option. Engines will be paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, with an eight-speed coming later. From everything we've heard, the hybrid models are being discontinued, but they may make a comeback eventually. Paragraphimage The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban as well as the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are expected to start production in January 2014. The Cadillac Escalade and longer Escalade ESV--the Escalade EXT and its Chevrolet Avalanche version have been discontinued--are expected to follow in April 2014. If we had to give our best guess, we'd say that GM is planning to launch them at next January's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the same venue where where it unveiled the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. Hopefully, this time, GM won't have a Ford truck stealing its thunder, but there's a high chance the next F-150 could be at the very same show, too.
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Spy Photo Front Quarter Driving
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Spy Photo Grille
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Spy Photo Rear Quarter
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Spy Photo Side Driving
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Spy Photo Side Quarter Driving
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade Spy Photo Front Quarter
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade Spy Photo Front Quarter 2
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade Spy Photo Rear Quarter
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade Spy Photo Side Quarter
  • 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Spy Shot Front
  • 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Spy Shot Front Quarter
  • 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Spy Shot Rear Quarter
  • 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Spy Shot Side Quarter
  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Spy Phot Side
  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Spy Shot Front
  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Spy Shot Front Quarter
  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Spy Shot Side
  • 2015 GMC Yukon Spy Photo Front Quarter
  • 2015 GMC Yukon Spy Photo Front Quarter 2
  • 2015 GMC Yukon Spy Photo Rear Quarter
  • 2015 GMC Yukon Spy Photo Side Driving
  • 2015 GMC Yukon Spy Photo Side Quarter
  • 2015 GMC Yukon XL Spy Photo Front
  • 2015 GMC Yukon XL Spy Photo Front Quarter
  • 2015 GMC Yukon XL Spy Photo Side Quarter Driving
  • 2015 GM SUV Group Spy Photo
 
3 comments
Phil53
Phil53

I'm disapponted that, with all these 'spy shots', no one has put together an artist's rendering.  That used to be SOP.  But no one seems to want to venture a guess any more.  They just wait until GM actually unveils the vehicle.  How boring.

Dhani Harris
Dhani Harris

glad to know GM's big SUV not turn into big Crossover, now how about 4x4 for Cadillac?

Phil53
Phil53

@Dhani Harris  

The Cadillac SUVs have had AWD for years.  But, to your point, I would prefer a traditional 4WD, with 2H, 4H 4L & Auto, myself.  It's why I continue to buy Chevrolet or GMC in this segment.   Also - agree on keeping them body-on-frame truck-based units.

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