What It Is: The Nextalade: These prototypes look just about ready for production. We can’t see the interior here, but Mark Reuss, GM’s North America president, said last year that the next Escalade’s cabin would mark a significant improvement over the current model’s interior.
Powertrain: Power will come from the next, Gen V version of GM’s small-block V-8. Compared to the current engine, the new one will add direct injection and feature a higher compression ratio. It’s possible that as a result, the engine will shrink in displacement a bit—but let’s be clear that this is still a honking, burbling V-8. Cylinder deactivation will again be among the feature set. A six-speed automatic transmission will be installed initially, but later in the Escalade’s lifetime, an eight-speed automatic will replace it.
Competition: Audi Q7, Infiniti QX56, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX570, Mercedes-Benz GL-class.
Estimated Arrival and Price: The Escalade will launch in 2013 as a 2014 model. Expect a healthy increase in price from today’s $64,165 starting point