The All-Electrical Cadillac Escalade Is Coming, and It May Be the Greatest One Ever
Cadillac has big plans for the all-electric Escalade.
The luxury automaker’s upcoming electric SUV is already set longer than its gas-powered counterpart. But that’s not big enough as far as the brand is concerned, according to Car and Driver. And because of that, the brand has a long-wheelbase variant in the works.
The Detroit brand pulled the curtain back on the battery-powered Escalade iQ last summer. The eagerly anticipated EV doesn’t look all that different from the ICE-powered SUV it’s based on, aside from its more aerodynamic shape and illuminated faux grille. It is a bigger, though. The base version of the iQ has a 136.2-inch wheelbase and stretches 224.3 feet bumper-to-bumper. That makes it over a foot longer than that of the standard version of the gas-guzzler, which has a 120.9-inch wheelbase, and only three inches shorter than the biggest Escalade, the ESV, which has a 134.1-inch wheelbase.
The long-wheelbase version of the EV will be called the Escalade iQL, a representative for Cadillac tells Car and Driver. It’s unclear just how big it will be the SUV will be, but considering that it will have a wheelbase that’s even longer than that of the standard EQ, which has one that is only already two inches than the ESV’s, it should be a giant and almost certainly the biggest EV yet.
A representative for Cadillac did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Robb Report on Friday.
There will be more to the Escalade iQ and iQLs than their mammoth dimensions, though—even if size does seem to be one of the main draws for SUV buyers. When Cadillac unveiled the standard version of the EV last year, it said it would also have a dual-motor powertrain that produces 750 hp and 785 ft lbs of torque, while still being able to travel 450 miles on a charge. It also promises to continue to deliver the luxury experience people have come to expect from the model over the last 25 years. The interior will have room for up to seven and features a long list of premium amenities including a giant 55-inch curved touchscreen display up front, a panoramic glass roof, and a 40-speaker AKG Studio Reference sound system that delivers immersive audio.
We’ll likely find out more about the Escalade iQL closer to its release. When that will be is currently a mystery, though it’s unlikely it will launch before the standard iQ. The first battery-powered Escalade is expected to arrive this summer and will start at around $130,000.
Source: Robb Report