The all-new, fifth-generation 2021 Cadillac Escalade introduces a contemporary diesel engine choice to the mannequin lineup. The engine in query hails from Common Motors’ Duramax engine household, as denoted by a Duramax engine cowl beneath the hood of diesel-burning Escalade fashions.

Though initially solely accessible with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, manufacturing of the Cadillac Escalade diesel fashions is now underway, with the the three.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax onboard for motivation. The 2021 mannequin yr marks the primary time the Escalade has been accessible with a diesel engine choice, and whereas parts-sharing between the assorted Common Motors manufacturers is completely regular and accepted, the usage of a Duramax engine cowl is considerably surprising.

Sometimes, Cadillac’s coverage has been to ascertain a novel place for the Cadillac model outdoors the remainder of the Common Motors product portfolio, looking for to as an alternative foster a extra luxurious, premium picture. As such, the inclusion of an engine cowl that creates such a transparent and apparent hyperlink between the long-lasting Cadillac Escalade and non-luxury GM merchandise just like the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, each of which provide the identical LM2 Duramax powerplant, appears a bit misplaced.

This might come right down to quite a lot of completely different causes. It’s attainable nobody at Cadillac thought-about a Duramax engine cowl to be a problem, or it’s attainable the assets required to supply a brand new engine cowl solely for the Cadillac Escalade diesel didn’t justify hiding the hyperlink to the remainder of the GM portfolio.

One other risk is that Cadillac merely didn’t assume homeowners would discover. In any case, GM Authority has criticized Cadillac’s engine cowl therapies up to now, however based on one Cadillac insider, “Cadillac homeowners don’t open the hoods of their automobiles,” so why trouble creating a brand new cowl for the Escalade that hides the Duramax branding?

As a reminder, the three.0L I6 LM2 Duramax engine produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, whereas the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Each engines hook up with a 10-speed computerized transmission.

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