Surely by 2025 you’ll be able to tell that Cadillac’s Escalade IQ has been modernized.
Given that this is the first fully electric version of the Escalade, the “IQ” suffix that the brand has been adding to its EV models like the Lyriq and Celestiq seems fitting. Thank God it wasn’t called the “Escaladiq.”
Like them, the Escalade IQ has an illuminated fascia and rear and an italicized L-shaped motif above the D-pillar.
Being an Escalade, however, the brain doesn’t care much for nuance or moderation. Priced at around $130,000, with a range of about 450 miles and horsepower of over 750, it is expected to hit the market in the summer of 2024.
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This Escalade departs significantly from the conventional Escalade’s foundation in the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. The IQ’s platform is instead shared with the GMC Hummer EV and the Chevrolet Silverado EV. That means the undercarriage is home to a General Motors Ultium 24-module battery pack, which, when charged from a working DC fast-charger, can add 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes. An additional 37 miles of range can be added to the IQ in an hour via a 19.2 kW AC charge.
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When compared to the Escalade ESV, the IQ is longer (224.3 inches) and has a longer wheelbase (136.2). It has a width of 85.30 inches as well. The stock 24-inch wheels look ridiculously diminutive next to the massive SUV.
The wheels are the same size and are shod with the same 275/50 tires as those on the forthcoming Silverado EV RST. To accommodate this presumably heavy load, MagneRide dampers and air springs lift and lower the IQ by an additional inch and two inches, respectively.
Due to rear-wheel steering, the standard Escalade has a smaller turning diameter (39.5 feet) than the standard, short-wheelbase IQ (39.7 feet). When compared to that, a long-wheelbase ESV has a turning radius of just 43 feet.
Another technique taken straight from the Hummer EV playbook is the CrabWalk, in which the rear wheels turn in sync with the fronts to propel the vehicle in a diagonal direction. The point of the Cadillac’s Arrival Mode is to make a good impression on the valet.
750 hp and 785 lb-ft of torque can be had in the Velocity Max driving mode. Cadillac claims this peak power is always on, even when switching modes or turning the key off, unlike vehicles from other manufacturers. In the default setting, power is 680 horsepower, and torque is 615 pound-feet.
Cadillac claims that the Velocity Max’s front and rear motors power an all-wheel-drive system that allows it to reach 60 mph in less than five seconds. Since the IQ is likely to be heavier than the 6290-pound Escalade V, we don’t expect it to significantly outperform the Escalade V’s 4.3-second time. We think it weighs between 9,640 and 8,600 pounds, but Cadillac representatives wouldn’t confirm our estimates.