The next year will be a big year for the Escalade, the brand’s icon that’s been in production for 25 years and has always been a synonym for luxury and performance. The next year is about to bring some radical changes as, for the first time, we will see Cadillac breaking the current policy of keeping famous nameplates safe from electrification. Following the Lyriq crossover, the 2025 Cadillac Escalade will be the second all-electric SUV in the lineup, but the first one with a familiar nameplate, although it will come with the added IQ to its name. And, from what we know so far, it will arrive already in the next summer.
But that doesn’t mean that the gas model is doomed, at least for now. The two SUVs will coexist for some time for sure and share the name, despite riding on a completely different platform. The gas version of the 2025 Cadillac Escalade will most likely carry on without more important changes.
2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ Design
Although with the well-known nameplate, the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ will be a brand-new model. For the first time, we will see an all-electric iteration of an Escalade and as you probably presume, it will also be a full-size SUV that refers a lot to the original design. Indeed, the overall shape looks pretty similar, with a classic body-on-frame SUV stance, significantly rugged from the design that characterizes the coupe-like Lyriq.
On the other hand, the front end mimics the Lyriq pretty closely, with that futuristic grille design with 3D pattern and those upright LED lighting groups. So, we could say that Cadillac has established a design language for its EV lineup.
On the inside, things are classic and modern at the same time. On one hand, there are pretty conventional design solutions, just like you would expect from the Escalade. But what really dominates the cabin is a combo of three massive screens that spread from one end of the dash to another. Two of them are gigantic, with a 35-inch unit for the driver and a 25-inch unit for the passengers. The third screen, positioned a little bit lower, is sized “normally” and its 11 inches diagonally primarily serves for climate controls.
2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ Powertrain and Performance
It’s not hard to conclude that the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ will ride on the company’s new Ultium platform and share most of the parts with the Silverado EV and GMC Hummer EV. But, it won’t feature the same output. Instead, we are about to see a duo of electric motors, with the “regular” output of 650 horsepower. But, with the Velocity Max mode engaged, the max output goes all the way up to 750 horsepower. And, what’s important to say is that this mode remains activated as long as you want, so it’s not just some kind of a boost mode with limited operation time, like in some other EVs.
With all those electric horses, the company expects 0-60 sprint to take less than 5 seconds. As for the max range, the officials promise 450 miles on a single charge. Does that mean we will see a 200-kWh battery pack, or something even bigger? It’s hard to say at the moment. But, we know for sure that this technology will allow the Escalade IQ to add 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes, thanks to the advanced charging technology. As for the max towing capacity, the company promises around 8,000 pounds, which is marginally lower compared to the gas-powered version.
What About ICE Models?
As for the “regular” Escalade, the current generation still looks fresh and competitive, so we don’t expect to see bigger changes for the next year. The 2025 Cadillac Escalade will continue with the same design and pretty much the same versions on offer. In terms of powertrain, this means three choices for buyers. Base models will be coming with a 6.2-liter V8 that puts out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, while those who prioritize fuel economy can opt for the inline-six turbodiesel.
Finally, let’s not forget the Escalade-V, the high-performance version. That model comes equipped with a supercharged version of the 6.2-liter V8 and puts out 682 horsepower. That’s enough to hit 60 in just 4.3 seconds.
2025 Cadillac Escalade Release Date and Price
As for the 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ, it is expected to arrive already in the next summer, as we already mentioned. The standard model, on the other hand, should arrive at a typical time of year, sometime in the last quarter of 2024. The gas-powered version starts at around 84.000 dollars and we don’t expect to see a significant increase in the future. The all-electric version, on the other hand, should come with a sticker price of 99.000 dollars.