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The Escalade is already known as one of the largest cars on the market. However, the 2024 Cadillac Escalade ESV offers even more space than the extended variant.
Judging by a wrapped prototype of the 2024 Escalade that was spotted recently, it looks like Cadillac is preparing slight adjustments for the nameplate. The reveal of the 2024 Cadillac Escalade ESV and regular versions are expected to take place in late 2022 or early 2023 by bringing only minor updates like an upgraded front fascia and fresh grille patterns. Discover more about the topic in the following.
An Overview of the Escalade ESV
Prior to getting into the possible Escalade ESV updates, let’s discuss the model in general first. The extended-wheelbase version has existed for more than two decades as it was first introduced for the Escalade 2003 model year. “ESV”, which stands for “Escalade Stretch Vehicle”, is just the fancy term Cadillac uses to refer to an extended-length variant. As you can guess, the primary difference between the regular and ESV models is the size.
While the standard Escalade’s wheelbase is measured at 120.9 inches, the ESV variant is measured at 134.1 inches. In total, the regular variant boasts 211 inches of length while the ESV model offers 226.9 inches.
Both of these models deliver 3-rows of seating area and 7-passenger configurations. Inside, they don’t bare much difference in terms of cabin size, even though the ESV provides slightly bigger shoulder room and leg room for the last seating row and a bit bigger passenger space in general. This also translates to slightly more generous cargo space.
Both are also built with the same mechanical body, in which they ride on the T1 platform. Under the hood, the supporting powertrain they are equipped with is also the same featuring a 6.2L V8 engine paired with a standard 10-speed automatic transmission.
Potential Powertrain and Offerings of the 2024 Cadillac Escalade ESV
While the details of the 2024 Cadillac Escalade ESV and regular versions haven’t been revealed yet, they are expected to bring the same options as the current models offer: a 420 HP 6.2L V8 engine or a 277 HP 3L turbo-diesel 6-cylinder engine. The mid-level performance Escalade V and the high-performance CT5-V Blackwing are also expected to be included in the 2024 Escalade lineup as well.
The most recent Escalade model year is raking a lot of praises and success, both commercially and critically, by offering excellent presence, keen design, and a premium interior that has promoted big improvements over the prior generation. The refinement and technology are outstanding, understandably so as the flagship model of the luxury car brand, so it’s actually not really surprising to see it carries only mild updates for an upcoming couple of years.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the Escalade is not prepared for big things by the brand. An electrified version is expected to arrive before the half of this decade ends—potentially referred to as the Escalade IQ. It is predicted to ride on the GM’s Ultrium platform which previously has been seen on the 2022 GMC EV Hummer with similar offerings to the ICE-powered Escalade.
Possibility of the Electrified Escalade Arrival Date
In recent months, there have been a set of announcements made by GM in relation to its electrified models produced under its brands. The GMC EV Hummer already arrives and an EV variant of the Chevrolet Silverado is also confirmed to be on its way.
Meanwhile, at Cadillac, the releases of SUV Lyric and sedan Celestiq are looming closer. Still, the enthusiasts are curious about an electrified version of the flagship SUV Escalade. Could it become along with the 2024 Cadillac Escalade ESV and regular variants? As cited in the Detroit News, the EV Escalade is set to enter the production phase beginning in early 2024 in Michigan’s Factory Zero assembly plant.
It hasn’t been confirmed whether the electrified Escalade will really arrive with the 2024 Cadillac Escalade ESV and regular variants. However, it appears that the all-electric version will accompany its ICE counterpart instead of replacing it, which might be the best decision since not all Cadillac consumers are ready to ditch the V8 powertrain yet.