Excessive-performance heavyweight within the works


The newest Cadillac Escalade has been on sale for greater than a yr, profitable over patrons with its unmatched presence, sharp styling, and an inside that’s taken nice leaps ahead over the earlier technology relating to refinement however extra so expertise.

Sadly the large SUV is proscribed relating to powertrains. Patrons have simply two choices to select from: a carryover 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 or a 277-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6. Each powertrains supply sufficient efficiency, although neither is what you’d name thrilling.

Cadillac could also be about to alleviate the problem as new prototypes noticed within the wild counsel that an oft-rumored Escalade-V is coming. There are prototypes for each the Escalade’s common physique and stretched ESV possibility, and curiously they have been noticed testing alongside a fleet of Chevrolet Corvette prototypes, together with a tester for the 2023 Corvette Z06.

You may instantly discover the quartet of square-shaped exhaust suggestions, the identical design discovered on the Corvette. The exhaust tips about Cadillac’s CT4-V and CT5-V sport sedans additionally function a sq. form.

The fascias entrance and rear are additionally distinctive to those prototypes, with the entrance fascia sporting a decrease lip and a few mesh over the decrease consumption with the identical sample discovered on the CT4-V and CT5-V. The wheels are additionally a brand new design for the Escalade.

Cadillac is quiet on plans for an Escalade-V however rumors level to the car coming with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8. Ought to this be the case, rely on energy being dialed down from the 668 hp the identical engine delivers within the track-focused CT5-V Blackwing.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

We must always have extra particulars quickly because the Escalade-V is anticipated to debut later this yr, although it seemingly will not begin gross sales till 2023, that means we must always see it arrive as a 2024 mannequin.

There aren’t many high-performance choices within the full-size SUV area. Mercedes-Benz AMG has the GLS 63, which looks like essentially the most direct rival. There’s additionally the BMW Alpina XB7, in addition to the mid-size Bentley Bentayga Velocity.

Notice, Cadillac’s plans for the Escalade will not finish with the V. There may also be a battery-electric model constructed on Normal Motors’ new Ultium platform. The platform, which debuted within the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, ought to ship a spread as excessive as 400 miles within the electrical Escalade.

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