GM will offer ‘industry’s most powerful’ SUV with the Escalade-V

Whatever its all-electric future, General Motors Co. still is pumping out a suite of gasoline-fueled performance vehicles that soon include a new addition to Cadillac’s V-Series: the Escalade-V.

This exclusive luxury SUV arriving this summer will be the industry’s most powerful, GM claims, with its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine. It delivers an estimated 682-horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque at a starting price of nearly $150,000 a copy.

Meanwhile, Cadillac remains on a mission to be fully electric by 2030 and will start taking orders for its first electric offering, the Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover, on May 19. Production of the Lyriq started in March.

“We are committed to an all EV future, but that doesn’t happen today, so we do have these ICE [internal combustion engine] variants that are going to be working alongside the EVs that we will be coming out with in the very near future,” said David Schiavone, Escalade product manager.

The new Cadillac Escalade-V comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine.  It delivers an estimated 682-horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque.

“But Escalade is so critical to Cadillac. It’s kind of a brand unto itself, so we’ve got a big following and lots of loyal customers that have been asking, want the power, want the excitement of this vehicle, and so we’ re delivering it.”

Specifically, Cadillac is delivering an Escalade that it expects to be capable of going 0-60 mph in under 4.4 seconds and that gets a quarter-mile time of 12.74 seconds at 110 mph.

The Escalade-V comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission and full-time active all-wheel-drive system for better traction.

The Cadillac Escalade-V comes with the brand's signature curved OLED screen with 38 inches of total diagonal display.  It will also feature Super Cruise, General Motors Co.'s hands-free driver-assistance technology, including trailering and automatic lane change capabilities.

It’s the first Cadillac SUV to enter the V-Series, which is “the ultimate expression of Cadillac’s design, performance and technology,” Schiavone said. The Escalade-V expands the V-Series lineup of sedans that launched in 2004 and is now in its fourth generation.

GM is committed to limited production on the Escalade-V making it the “most exclusive and most expensive Escalade ever,” Schiavone added. GM does not break down production capacity for its vehicles. The V-Series option will also be available on the Escalade ESV, which has a longer wheelbase.

To make it fit the V-Series lineup, Cadillac included a “V-Mode” on the new Escalade that allows drivers to personalize their experience. With a push of a button on the center console, the driver can switch to an optimum performance mode and can then tailor the preferred performance driving in six different areas.

For example, “the engine sound can be adjusted from the aggressive, throaty performance mode down to the quietest stealth mode,” said Mike Symons, chief engineer of the Escalade-V.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.