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A few first images of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V have been dropped recently. Along with it, more details are gained as well, as laid out below.
Earlier this year, the sneak peek of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V was offered by the manufacturer with the glaring sound of its V8 engine and a set of first images. This high-performance SUV is going to be the first one from Cadillac that carries the “V” badge. Not much has been revealed about the upcoming Escalade V, but here are some details that have been known to the public.
Exterior and Interior Design of the Escalade V
Top-tier SUVs are the hot trend nowadays, with Dodge, Jeep, Ford, Acura, a whole list of lavish European automaker brands jumping into the bandwagon. Cadillac refuses to be left out and it starts catching up with the new 2023 Cadillac Escalade V to expand its portfolio on this class segment. Even though most would say that the Escalade seems to be the least likely SUV model to receive the V-series badge, the decision doesn’t sound entirely absurd either, considering that this full-size, 3-row SUV is the most recognizable series from the manufacturer.
In addition, it’d be a lie for the enthusiasts to say that they didn’t see the coming of Escalade V, as teasers and spy photos have been dropped for a while. After a considerable amount of time, finally, Cadillac shares the official pictures of the SUV. Perhaps rather unsurprisingly, it sports an extremely similar appearance to the standard Escalade—if you were to overlook the quad exhaust tips and the V-series badge.
To support its high-performance capability claims, the new Escalade V is equipped with premium Bridgestone tires and unique wheels with massive red brake calipers glimpsing through the rims, along with a black grille and black-nuanced features on the bottom area of its door panels.
The 2023 Cadillac Escalade V features an upgraded front bumper as well. Rather than the elongated trim piece that stretches to connect the LED DRL, it sports a thick and prominent grille, sandwiched by the vent-shaped LEDs which carved tough character impressions into the bodywork. Additionally, it gains a fresh front splitter as well. The look of the back area is transformed by the faux diffuser and the previously mentioned quad-tip exhaust. Last but not least exterior feature to mention is obviously the eye-catching V badge on the front doors and rear hatch, which is available as well inside on the steering wheel’s base.
Speaking of the interior, everything practically stays the same. The V-shaped logo that has been mentioned above is potentially making an appearance on the headrests as well. So far, there’s only a single official picture revealed regarding the interior. However, it is predicted that the upcoming Escalade V is going to bring accented stitching and carbon fiber trim. The OLED dashboard display is most likely to be retained. Another possibility is the feature of the Performance Traction Management system that allows the driver to control the stability for performance purposes and can be found on CV Corvette and CT5-V.
Moving on to the powertrain, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V is expected to offer more power compared to the regular Escalade, which currently features a 6.2L V8 that produces 420 HP and 460 pound-feet of torque. The possibility of the remaining V8 is rather significant, considering that it is, after all, the engine that General Motors is the best at, regardless of the pledges of the zero-emissions vehicle in the upcoming years.
Another compelling potential is the possibility that the Escalade V is going to be equipped with a 600+ HP supercharged LT4 engine, as the upgraded version of the motor used in CT5-V currently and Corvette Z06 previously. If this prediction comes true, then the new Cadillac SUV will sit at the same power class as Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and alike. One more proposition is that this model will come with a 500 HP 6.2L V8 engine that powers the Corvette Stingray, which even though more humble than the other possibilities, still carries more power than the regular Escalade.
Further Details to Be Awaited Until Spring
A complete reveal of this new Cadillac SUV will be dropped in spring 2022. Meanwhile, it is unfortunate that you have to be satisfied with the teasers that consist of their sound and their cut photos for the time being.
It is probably important to note that the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V will not be an end of the plan from the manufacturer for the V-series vehicles. An electrified version is already confirmed to be produced that will use the 2022 GMC Hummer platform.