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Cadillac Introduces Escalade V

 

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade will be the first SUV to don the high-performance V-Series badge. Preproduction model shown. Actual production model will vary. Escalade-V availability will be announced spring 2022.

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.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade will be the first SUV to don the high-performance V-Series badge. Preproduction model shown. Actual production model will vary. Escalade-V availability will be announced spring 2022.

The 2023 Cadillac Escalade will be the first SUV to don the high-performance V-Series badge. Preproduction model shown. Actual production model will vary. Escalade-V availability will be announced spring 2022.

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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