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DO WANT or How about NO? High-performance Cadillac Escalade V could arrive soon...

  • DO WANT! It's never too late to do a gas-guzzling, high-horsepower SUV!

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  • How about NO. I'd rather get a lifetime supply of Cialis instead.

    Votes: 2 14.3%
  • Neither, but Escalade V will sell real well regardless of widespread environmental consciousness

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  • Somewhere in North Pole, a polar bear is crying because of this thing

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  • Why is Uber's ICE thread so much more exciting than his EV threads?

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  • Somewhere in a dark and damp dive bar, de Nysschen is smiling

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  • Just in time to stop Uber Wagon before he posts another useless EV thread

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  • Cadillac Escalade prototype testing with a quad-tip exhaust, and it could be a new high-performance model.
  • It's rumored to be a new V model powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, although Cadillac said that the new CT4-V and CT5-V would be the last gas-powered V cars.
  • Cadillac has also promised an electric Escalade, using GM's new Ultium platform, by 2025.
The Cadillac Escalade could be getting a high-performance model if these camouflaged prototypes with a quad-tip exhaust are any indication. The exhaust looks similar to the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing's, but at this point it's unclear what will power this new Escalade variant—or even if it will wear the V moniker. Cadillac did announce that the new V Blackwings will be the last gas-powered V cars, but there are often loopholes contained within these sorts of claims.

Two engines are currently available on the 2021 Escalade: a new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six or a 6.2-liter V-8. If this is a new V model, it could be powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 engine that makes 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque in the CT5-V Blackwing. That engine would make it competitive with other super-SUVs such as the 603-hp Mercedes-AMG GLS63, which launched to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds in our testing.

Many 2021 Escalades Selling for over $100K
The Escalade prototypes seen in these spy photos are well-covered but clearly have unique bodywork and wheels and a quad-tip exhaust (the standard models have fake dual-exit exhaust pipes). Both standard-wheelbase Escalades and long-wheelbase Escalade ESV prototypes were seen testing alongside the upcoming C8 Corvette Z06.

An even more powerful version of Cadillac's largest SUV may seem at odds with the brand's pivot to EVs and GM's promise to deliver 30 new electric vehicles by 2025. An electric Escalade is also on its way, however, which will use GM's new Ultium battery, and it'll be sold alongside the gas-powered version. Plus, there's clearly a market for high-priced Escalade variants: At the end of last year, almost half of new Escalades sold for over $100,000, GM says.
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  • It's rumored to be a new V model powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, although Cadillac said that the new CT4-V and CT5-V would be the last gas-powered V cars.
Escalade is not now and never has been a "car".
 

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  • It's rumored to be a new V model powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, although Cadillac said that the new CT4-V and CT5-V would be the last gas-powered V cars.
Escalade is not now and never has been a "car".
Correct, it's a V SUV. :p
 

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It just boggles my mind that Cadillac has been so slow to capitalize on the Escalade brand. They should have done a V a long time ago. And I would have ditched all the XT names they have on their other SUVs and call them Escalede [xxx] like how Land Rover does with its Range Rover subbrand.
 

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It just boggles my mind that Cadillac has been so slow to capitalize on the Escalade brand. They should have done a V a long time ago. And I would have ditched all the XT names they have on their other SUVs and call them Escalede [xxx] like how Land Rover does with its Range Rover subbrand.
That actually sounds like a good idea, though it didnt quite work out for Toyota with the prius sub brand
 

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It just boggles my mind that Cadillac has been so slow to capitalize on the Escalade brand. They should have done a V a long time ago. And I would have ditched all the XT names they have on their other SUVs and call them Escalede [xxx] like how Land Rover does with its Range Rover subbrand.
There have been 3 flavors of Escalade over the years. It started as a SWB Tahoe, then they added the LWB Suburban version and they even had an Avalanche version. Escalade has always had the most powerful engines of the Tahoe/Suburbans (except they never did 2500s with 8.1L). Tons of HP with a solid rear axle isn't really something the Escalade needed.
 

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My gut reaction is that this is the dumbest idea I've ever heard. Then I remembered that the AMG version of the G-class is very popular. Although I have a very strong negative reaction to the current Escalade, a "performance" option should sell well for them.
 

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My gut reaction is that this is the dumbest idea I've ever heard. Then I remembered that the AMG version of the G-class is very popular. Although I have a very strong negative reaction to the current Escalade, a "performance" option should sell well for them.
A “V” Cadillac is midlevel performance these days. Blackwing is now their AMG equivalent.
I think this Escalade V will offer “performance” visual upgrades and a modest bump in power.

Regarding your negative reaction to the current Escalade, I also have mixed feelings. The interior is a homerun, but the exterior feels phoned in. Other than the taillights, which seem to be carried over from the previous version, and the long fang-like DRL LEDs on the front face, there’s nothing about the exterior design that screams Cadillac. The Chevy and GMC sister SUVs seem to have more brand specific styling than the Escalade. I’d really love to see Caddy put way more effort into the exterior design of their $100K flagship.
 

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A "v" or blackwing version of the avalanche version of the escalade would have been pretty sweet.

This is just how much more money can we pump out of the escalade before we go full EV.
 
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