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Report: Cadillac Escalade Next to Get GM’s 10-Speed Automatic Transmission

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The 2016 Cadillac Escalade recently named the Most Satisfying Luxury SUV in AutoPacific’s 2016 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

The 10-speed automatic appears to be the future for General Motors after it makes its long-awaited debut in the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1, begging the question of which vehicle in the GM family gets it next. If a report from Automotive News is any indication, that vehicle will be none other than the  Cadillac Escalade.

The new 10-speed automatic transmission found in the upcoming Camaro ZL1 is reportedly faster than the Porsche PDK

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In its vehicle-by-vehicle breakdown of Cadillac’s future plans, Auto News on Monday surmised that the Escalade will receive the 10-speed transmission co-created with Ford Motor Company by 2017. This would precede a 2019 model year refresh, which would itself precede a complete redesign by 2020. Some have speculated that the Escalade will not stick around as it does not fit into the brand’s image reinvention; others, however, maintain that Cadillac’s biggest money maker and only real heritage vehicle will likely stick around until it stops making bank.


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General Motors has previously stated that it intends to bring the new 10-speed automatic transmissions to at least eight new vehicles by 2018.

Also noted in Auto News’ story is the ATS likely becoming the CT4 with a 2018 redesign, the redesigned CTS getting the CT5 label by early 2019, and the XTS being completely phased out by 2019.

The arrival of the CT6 PHEV in the United States is projected for the first half of 2017, and a diesel engine is said to be a possibility for the new sedan by 2020. Also projected for 2020 and beyond are the possibilities of a CT8 range-topper and a Cien-like mid-engine sports car, both of which are more likely passion projects at this stage than anything else.

It is also projected that Cadillac will continue the expansion of its “XT” lineup with the launch of the XT3 by 2018, a 2018 refresh of the XT5 that could add a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the 2019 launch of the XT7.


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  • Mark Wheeler

    ALL NEW ESCALADE CHASSIS WITH AIR SUSPENSION (LIKE RANGE ROVER) DUE FOR 2019. 10 SPEED TRANNY AND ALL NEW TURBO CHARGED ENGINES FOR HIGHER MPG’S. MAY BE READY TO ROLL OUT SPRING 2018.
    IF THIS HOLDS TRUE IT WILL BE THE GOLDEN GOOSE FOR GM FOR YEARS TO COME.

    • justin bouche

      well, it already has magnetic ride which is better than air-ride so, i don’t really see a reason for it.

      • Mark Wheeler

        NOT TRUE AT ALL. MAGNETIC IS FOR SPORT CARS TAKING TURNS AND CURVES TO KEEP THE RIDE FROM DIPPING, IT DOES NOTHING TO GIVE A LUXURY RIDE WHATSOEVER! LOOK AT THE BIG RIDES FROM LEXUS, INFINITY, MERCEDES GLS, LAND ROVER, BENTLEY…ALL HAVE AIR SUSPENSIONS! EVEN LINCOLN NAVIGATOR AND JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE’S HAVE AIR SUSPENSIONS! CADILLAC IS PENNY WISE AND POUND FOOLISH TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY CAN WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY! THAT APPROACH WON’T GO FAR, THEY WILL START TO TAKE A HIT SOON. PEOPLE ARE WISER THAN THEY THINK. YOU SURPRISE ME OF YOUR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. YOU COULD HAVE EASILY HAVE GOOGLED SOME FACTS AND SAVED YOURSELF THE EMBARRASSMENT.