Cadillac has not finished impressing us with its Escalade. Yes, the manufacturer is preparing us with an all-electric one, but it also plans to add a high-performance version that will soon be marketed in the V division. Yes, a Climbing V. We will have seen it all.
At least that’s what the most recent images and spy video captured by US media suggest. Car & Driver and GM Authority. In the video in question, we see a camouflaged prototype adorned with a Michigan license plate. This prototype doesn’t sound like a regular Escalade.
Parts of CT5-V Blackwing?
Besides the four exhaust pipes similar to those of a Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, the prototype does not reveal anything very different. However, we clearly hear that a V8 engine is hiding under the hood. We also hear the high-pitched sound of a supercharger, while the decibels coming out of its exhaust system are clearly higher than what the engine of this SUV normally emits.
Indeed, it would be the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that currently powers the CT5-V Blackwing and the old Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C7). Known internally at General Motors by its code name LT4, it develops, in the CT5-V, an output of 668 horsepower and produces a torque of 659 lb-ft. The numbers could be a little lower in the Escalade V, however. Remember that the beefiest engine currently offered in the Escalade is a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower.
Available in V, the Escalade would also be well equipped to face certain European competitors such as the BMW X7 M50i or the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63. Cadillac could however surprise us. Given that it aims to market only electric vehicles in the future, the luxury division of General Motors could introduce its electric Escalade – which would use an architecture similar to that of the GMC Hummer and Chevrolet Silverado EV – at the same time as the V variation. To be continued.