Including how much power it produces.
Earlier this year, Cadillac showed off its latest V Series performance model. The 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V was revealed with very little information, leaving many questions left unanswered. All will be revealed on May 11, 2022, when the Escalade-V makes its full virtual debut on Cadillac.com. Cadillac will finally release more information about the vehicle, including the specs, details, and availability, which is expected later this year.
"Cadillac's V Series is the ultimate expression of Cadillac design, performance, and technology and the purest expression of the passion that exists at the core of the Cadillac brand," the company said in a press release. "The 2023 Escalade-V is the first SUV to don the V Series badge and joins the V Series fourth-generation lineup," which includes the CT4-V, CT5-V, and the two Blackwing models.
Thus far the American automaker has given no official indication of what sits under the Escalade-V's massive hood. Using basic logic, General Motors only has one engine that makes sense, the same 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 that sits under the hood of the CT5-V Blackwing. This is GM's only engine that produces significantly more power than the stock Escalade's naturally aspirated V8, which develops 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. It's unclear if the LT4 would get a slight power reduction, but it currently produces 668 hp and 659 lb-ft of torque in the Blackwing sedan. Power will likely go to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission.
With the reveal set for May, we expect the Escalade-V to arrive in dealerships in late 2022. The Escalade is already a pricey SUV, starting at $76,295 and crossing well above $100,000 for a fully-loaded model. If it does arrive with nearly 700 hp, Cadillac will have plenty of room to charge more next to other performance options in the segment like the BMW Alpina XB7 ($141,300) and Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 ($132,100). The Escalade-V should offer more power than the German options, and more space inside, but will the quality be as good as in those cars? Time will tell.