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What is the Cadillac Escalade IQ?

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With the launch of the all-new 2023 Lyriq, Cadillac is beginning to usher in its all-electric future, which is supposed to arrive by 2035. While the recently launched Escalade-V seems to throw out a curve ball with its supercharged V-8 engine, we’re calling that a last hurrah because we know the Escalade IQ is on the horizon.

Back in November 2021, GM Authority reported that GM filed a trademark for Escalade IQ and Escalade IQL, which forces the large SUV to fall in line with the “-iq” ending for future Cadillac EVs.

What do we know about the Escalade IQ?

Though Cadillac hasn’t officially revealed the Escalade IQ or confirmed the name at the time of writing this article, a trademark filing is pretty telling. So, frankly, what we know right now is mostly conjecture.

But taking a look at the new GMC Hummer EV SUV and Hummer EV SUT, I think we can make a few very good, educated guesses about what the Escalade IQ will be.

Of course, it’ll get the GM Ultium battery and will tout an available 350+ miles of range. However, we’d anticipate the power ratings to be lower than the Hummer’s 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque – leaving room for a potential IQ V version at a later date.

It’ll also have fast-charge capability with the ability to go from 10% to 80% charge in less than 20 minutes.

You’ll also get all the high-end luxury amenities you expect from Cadillac, including Super Cruise, heated-and-cooled front (and hopefully second-row) seats, large digital displays, cool graphics, Google-powered infotainment system and plush leather seats.

When is it coming?

Soon. In fact, Automotive News reports that we should see the Escalade IQ in 2024, and then the Escalade IQL (long-wheelbase version) in 2025. While it’s unclear if they’ll be 2025 and 2026 models, respectively, the idea that this full-size electric SUV is imminent remains. Since the already-revealed Hummer EV SUV will be a 2024 model and the recently revealed Celestiq will have to get to production first, 2025 for the Escalade IQ model year makes sense.

The bottom line on the Escalade IQ

Even though the electric version of the Escalade is coming, we don’t expect an abrupt departure for the gasoline model. We think the two models will initially co-exist as Cadillac starts to ramp up production of the EV and phase out the gas model.

We’ll share more details as we have them, but for now, what you need to know is Cadillac is moving full steam ahead with its EV plans, and it’s keeping most-recognized nameplate.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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