In the present day, Cadillac formally unveiled a high-performance model of its Escalade full-size SUV. Cadillac is within the midst of changing into a pure-EV model—firm executives have introduced that Cadillac is not going to be promoting any internal-combustion-engine (ICE) autos by the 12 months 2030. Earlier than then, nonetheless, the GM luxurious division is giving gasoline engines one heck of a send-off by providing some critical high-performance fashions. The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are guaranteeing that Caddy’s ICE efficiency sedans are going out with a bang, and now the Escalade-V seems to be poised to do the identical for the model’s SUVs.
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2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V marks the primary use of Caddy’s high-performance “V” moniker on an SUV, however we don’t know precisely how high-performance it is going to be at this level—Cadillac hasn’t introduced precisely which engine the Escalade-V may have. Because the common Escalade comes commonplace with a 420-hp 6.2-liter V8, it’ll nearly definitely must be one thing particular to face out. We wouldn’t be shocked to see a model of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that’s at the moment used within the CT5-V Blackwing (the place it makes 668 horsepower) and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (the place it makes 650 hp).
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From the images Cadillac has launched, it seems the Escalade-V’s efficiency styling add-ons will likely be pretty refined—a barely extra aggressive entrance fascia, bodyside sills, and a diffuser-style rear fascia with plus-sized exhaust suggestions are obvious, together with the anticipated dark-finish trim components and V badging. We additionally see two totally different wheel kinds, and we’d wager that Cadillac engineers have tuned the suspension and upgraded the brakes to assist this 5600-lb-plus giant SUV deal with with at the very least a bit extra nimbleness for a automobile of its dimension, heft, and heart of gravity.
Keep tuned—Cadillac says full automobile specs and extra information will likely be revealed later this spring. In the meantime, you may try our dialogue of Cadillac’s plans to shift to pure-electric autos on the newest episode of the Shopper Information Automotive Stuff Podcast.
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Although we don’t know any concrete particulars simply but, the Escalade-V is a automobile that has “final of a breed” written throughout it. It’s certain to be further dear, further luxurious, and extra-extra thirsty for premium-grade gasoline. When it comes to its timing and place in Cadillac’s historical past, the Escalade-V is form of like binging on a king-size banana break up earlier than beginning a nutritious diet the following day.
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2021 Cadillac Escalade-V Gallery
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