Cadillac Introduces Escalade V

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
cadillac introduces escalade v

Well, that didn’t take long. Mere minutes after our post this morning about the upcoming Cadillac Escalade V, the brand dropped official images of the thing – much earlier in the day than expected. But if you think TTAC had anything to do with that decision, we’ve some bridges in which you may be interested. After all, no one at RenCen reads TTAC, right? Right? (*nudge, nudge, wink, wink*)

As for the upcoming Escalade V, it promises to be a ground shaker.

We predict combining the latest ‘Slade’s bold style with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine will be a license to print money. After all, it’s no secret that customers in the market for a near-700 horsepower SUV styled like a brutalist office building aren’t too concerned with monthly payments. In this class, it’s all about in-your-face appearances and an exhaust note that’ll rattle windows.

Actually, we’re assuming the engine from a CT5-V Blackwing lives under the hood of this beast since Cadillac is keeping its lips zipped about specs until closer to the SUV’s actual debut later this year. As mentioned in this morning’s post, expect the Vescalade to make slightly less horsepower than the 668 ponies on tap in the four-door sedan thanks to intake and exhaust routings. There’s also the matter of tweaking the power delivery to effectively move nearly four tons of SUV with a high center of gravity; some math on the back of this napkin suggests a final output of 650 horses and a similar amount of torque.

All of which will be more than enough to show off on the streets of Los Angeles or the dunes of Saudi Arabia, of course. There’s no word on any other changes to the Escalade formula, save for a ‘V’ badge on its steering wheel and a yaffle of blacked-out trim – the latter of which is already part and parcel of certain package grades. Peep those quad exhaust tips, square in shape and flanking a diffuser-like rear bumper treatment. Those are pretty big stoppers on each corner, as well. We will be floored if those Bridgestones are any less than 22 inches in diameter, and kit like Super Cruise is assured.

Cadillac promises more details before the calendar rolls into its summer months. For a brand whose stated intention is to enter the next decade as the purveyor of EVs, this is one hell of a swan song for internal combustion at Cadillac.

[Images: Cadillac]

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  • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Jan 24, 2022

    Wow, this thing should be called the trigger mobile. I can't afford one and that's too bad. Comfy, room for 6 or more adults and power for days. It will generate much needed profit so it lowers the likelihood of my tax dollars being given in another bailout to bad management and corrupt union bosses. I hope it is a great success.

  • Socrates77 Socrates77 on Jan 25, 2022

    Not a real off-roader like most suv's on this price range. This thing is way overpriced. Old engine technology, the interior still not high quality compare to cars at this price range. Just because it has big screens doesn't mean its a luxury car. Lots of plastics.

  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)
  • Tassos And all 3 of them were ordered by Fisker's mother.Seriously, after Fisker's DISMAL record of UTTER FAILURE in the past, only a GOD DAMNED MORON would order this one.
  • RHD Any truth to the unconfirmed rumor that the new, larger model will be called the bZ6X? We could surmise that with a generous back seat it certainly should be!
  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.