Luxury and performance in one massive machine.
Cadillac is a luxury brand, but in recent times, it has flirted with performance cars too. We've seen the arrival of the CT5-V and its meaner Blackwing sibling, and despite being a brand more focused on comfort than cornering, some of the marque's performance offerings like the CTS-V have truly stood the test of time.
But these days, most automakers are slowing down on the sedan front and focusing on SUVs. And if you make a stylish SUV (or an ugly one - BMW X6, we're looking at you), there's a chance that someone will want a go-faster version of it. So what about applying that engineering expertise to the Cadillac Escalade?
It may seem a bit silly, but the Dodge Durango has had a Hellcat engine stuffed into it, and we've imagined a Hellephant-powered Wagoneer Trackhawk too. The Durango Hellcat, despite being a seven-seat family SUV, has been so successful that Dodge is making more of them, despite originally planning just 2,000 examples.
With that car's remarkable success, we would expect the Cadillac Escalade-V Blackwing to feature the same engine as the CT5-V Blackwing, a 10-speed automatic transmission with no manual variant offered alongside, and all-wheel drive. The CT5-V Blackwing's 6.2-liter supercharged V8 produces 668 horsepower and 659 lb-ft of torque, so the Hellcat would be more powerful, but Cadillac will outshine Dodge in terms of quality and theater.
However, if Cadillac were to make such a zany performance SUV, you can bet that its pricing would put it way out of the league of Durango Hellcat buyers. It would likely be more closely related in terms of pricing to German super SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus and Audi RS Q8. Unfortunately, while its price would align with those, its sheer size would make it an unwieldy competitor.
Still, Cadillac has surprised us before. Some argue that Cadillac should focus on electrifying the Escalade instead, but why not do both? If the Escalade will be the last Caddy with an internal combustion engine, it may as well go out with a bang.