Cadillac is expanding its line of models with the V prefix — for the first time it got the Escalade, which the company calls “the most powerful full-size SUV.” Such a car will be available not only with a standard body, but also in a long-wheelbase version, and under the hood, it has a 6.2-liter “eight”, familiar from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which was boosted to 691 horsepower.
The fifth-generation Escalade debuted in early 2020 and today remains the leader in the segment of premium full-size SUVs in the US market, overtaking BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and Lexus LX in sales. To consolidate the success of the model, General Motors decided to expand the Escalade range at the expense of the most powerful version with the V prefix — previously, such an option was not relied on for Cadillac crossovers and SUVs.
For the “charged” Escalade, a compressor LT4 V8 was prepared. The volume of the Eaton drive supercharger, which is capable of spinning up to 13,500 revolutions per minute, was increased from 1.7 to 2.65 liters, as a result of which the recoil increased from 677 to 691 horsepower, which makes the Escalade-V the most powerful production Cadillac. The engine works in tandem with a reinforced ten-speed automatic and all-wheel drive with a clutch on the front axle.
From 0 to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour), the Cadillac Escalade-V accelerates in 4.4 seconds, that is, it is one and a half seconds faster than the base SUV. He overcomes the distance of one mile in 12.74 seconds, developing a speed of 177 kilometers per hour.
For the Escalade-V, a rear differential with electronically-controlled locking, an air suspension with reconfigured adaptive Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 shock absorbers, a sports exhaust system, as well as Brembo brakes with six-piston mechanisms, and a driving mode selection system with an extreme version of V-Mode, when activated, the ground clearance decreases by 20 millimeters.
Externally, the most powerful Escalade can be distinguished from the standard by other exhaust pipes, black glossy decor, which replaced chrome, and 22-inch V-Series discs. Leather and wood are used in the interior decoration, and the equipment list includes an AKG Studio Reference audio system with 36 speakers, a branded Super Cruise semi-auto pilot, and front seats with massage and ventilation functions.
The Cadillac Escalade-V will be delivered to American dealers closer to the end of summer, and its cost will be approximately 150 thousand dollars against 85 thousand dollars for the base Escalade.