There’s a new electric vehicle coming soon from GM in the form of a Cadillac Escalade IQ. The large SUV getting an electric powertrain isn’t much of a surprise, but the features and range could be the bigger surprise.
A first thing Monday morning press release the Cadillac Escalade IQ will debut later in 2023 joining the Lyric and upcoming Celestiq to further round out the lineup of electric SUVs from the brand.
Putting an electric powertrain in the large luxury SUV is a feat by itself and it begs the question if they will tap into the many party tricks the GMC Hummer features.
For example, it probably is a foregone conclusion the Escalade IQ will come with four-wheel steering. This just makes a lot of sense for larger vehicles like the Hummer. The system allows all four wheels to turn allowing the large SUV to literally turn on a dime.
Second, the popular Watts to Freedom (WTF) mode has been a big hit for the Hummer and this is sure to make it into production.
Third, range will likely exceed 350+ miles like we speculated on last August. This range is from the GM Ultium battery which has proven to be fairly accurate in its range estimates unlike the Ford F-150 Lightning range.
Fourth, it will have a fast-charge capability with the ability to go from 10% to 80% in less than 20 minutes.
Finally, you can expect loads of tech. Everything from GM’s semi-autonomous driving Super Cruise to special graphics and other goodies. This is the brand’s flagship SUV and it will get everything Cadillac offers.
Pricing will be well into the 6 figures and it will likely not start production until 2025.
An electric Cadillac Escalade IQ seems like a no-brainer with the direction of the company. It will be expensive, fast, heavy and, well, flat out awesome to customers who want electric, but can’t fit their lifestyle into a smaller SUV. Those buyers are just going to have to patient as GM ramps up electric vehicle production.
Feels like this should have been mentioned with the release of the Hummer EV. I know they have the Lyric, but it hasn’t been THE segment leader/tastemaker for the last 2 decades like the Escalade so there is no pre-existing audience who would be receptive to the idea of an all-inclusive luxury SUEV they can slide through city streets in with their crew.