Cadillac first teased the new Escalade-V in January. Now the marque is telling us about the most powerful full-size SUV in the industry.
As the “V” designation implies, the Hawking four-wheeler is part of Cadillac’s V-series that was first launched back in 2004 and now includes a range of high-performance vehicles tuned by the good folks at GM. is included. Like its V-Series brethren, the new Escalade promises grunt, agility, and a solid dose of luxury.
Under the hood, the new addition sports a 6.2-liter V-8 similar to Cadillac’s CT5-V Blackwing, but a bigger supercharger than its predecessor. As a result, the all-wheel-drive SUV can churn out 682 hp and 653 ft lbs of turn, while the aforementioned sedan is good for 668 horses and 659 ft lbs. This makes the Escalade-V the most powerful production Cadillac ever produced. (For comparison, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid delivers 671 hp while the Lamborghini Urus produces 650 hp.)
The Escalade-V can churn out 682 hp and 653 ft lbs.
According to the automaker, the Escalade-V is fast with the ability to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 4.4 seconds. The Beastly Mill is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and roars through the quad exhaust pipe. The car also gets six-piston Brembo brakes that provide stopping power and adaptive air suspension for a smooth ride.
From the outside, the Cadillac hasn’t deviated much from the regular Escalade Save for a few V-specific touches, including freshly designed front and rear fascias, distinctively styled 22-inch wheels and Special Model badging. The SUV extends 212 feet from tip to tail, but there is also an Escalade Stretch Vehicle (ESV) that measures 227 feet. As you might expect, the ESV version gives the passengers a bit more legroom.
The SUV sports the Escalade’s signature curved 38-inch display.
Meanwhile, the cabin is offered in platinum trim with zebra wood décor. All three rows are finished in leather and the massaging front seats have also been heated and ventilated. Of course, you can expect the Escalade’s signature curved OLED, 36-speaker audio system, and all the latest driver-assist technology along with a 38-inch diagonal display.
According to Cadillac, the new 2023 Escalade-V will go on sale later this summer and will start at $149,990.
“With a power-to-weight ratio among the top in its class and advanced driving technologies to keep that power on the pavement, the Escalade-V delivers an engaging and energetic driving experience like no other full-size luxury SUV. Jacqueline McQuaid, executive chief engineer for full-size trucks at GM, said in a statement. “More importantly, it meets the vigorous requirements of the V-Series Mondrian insignia.”
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