Usually, massive V8 gassers, or eventually flexfuel, are the most usual engine option for an American full-size truck, altough other options could also provide a fair performance with improvements to the fuel savings. I can't deny my favorite choice are Diesel engines, due to their higher thermal efficiency, adaptability to alternative fuels, and also because they're cool too. With the right gear ratio selection, even some 4-cylinder turbodiesels, with a displacement considerably below the 6.2L of the currently-offered V8, can be a good match to an Escalade while not feeling underpowered at all.
|Mercedes-Benz 240D: features one of the most dependable engines ever made, but had its limitations regarding performance and acoustic comfort|
|GMC 6-100/6-150: Brazilian equivalent of the 3500HD|
|Mercedes-Benz 710, Brazilian latest equivalent to the European Vario: its latest version was fitted with a 4.0L OM-364LA 4-cylinder turbodiesel, which torque rating is insignificantly lower than a Vortec 5300|