Imagine Tony Soprano working as an insurance salesman. That’s how preposterous the idea of a diesel-powered Caddy Escalade sounds like. Nevertheless, General Motors is said to be seriously considering launching a diesel version of the popular SUV to keep up with the rivals, namely Chrysler, who offers a diesel engine for the Grand Cherokee.
Cadillac Escalade Diesel would serve as a balancer, lowering the average fuel consumption of the range. There will probably be a hybrid version as well, but if it’s anything like the previous model – which had like a 9 Volt battery connected to a massive petrol engine – it won’t be doing the economy figures much good.
Another argument that supports the launch of a diesel Escalade says most people buy this car because of its image and its looks. They wouldn’t even notice the difference between the engines. A diesel engine will not only be a lot more economical than the petrol-powered V8s, it also provides better pulling power thanks to the enormous torque that is the characteristic of every big diesel engine.
Rumors about the Cadillac Escalade Diesel started flying around after Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for GM trucks, hinted at development of these powertrain within the Group. He also promised new eight and ten-speed transmission.