Here's Proof That The Cadillac Escalade V Is For Real

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This has to be the swansong for the non-electrified Escalade.

It may seem silly for automakers to still be developing combustion-engined cars in a time when the entire industry is moving towards clean mobility, but if the engine has already been developed, and if the customers want it, why not introduce something new? Take the Dodge Durango Hellcat - it only exists because the Hellcat engine was already developed for other cars, and now it seems that Cadillac wants to take some of its special parts and apply them to its Escalade. We've seen that idea somewhere before - here on CarBuzz - and now it seems that the Escalade V is becoming a reality.

The Fast Lane Truck/YouTube
The Fast Lane Truck/YouTube

The above video has caught a camouflaged GM prototype in Colorado, presumably undergoing high-altitude testing, and with its quad-exit exhaust (which is real - not made with fake tips), as well as the slight rumble we hear on acceleration, this tester looks like something special. The entire car is covered but you can still make out the general shape, and the Cadillac emblem is visible underneath black tape on the center caps.

The Cadillac Escalade is obviously a more luxurious car than the Durango Hellcat, something better likened to the new Grand Wagoneer, but that doesn't mean that GM can't use a similar recipe.

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The Fast Lane Truck/YouTube
The Fast Lane Truck/YouTube

We can see independent rear suspension in the video, and from the rumors, it seems that the Escalade V will be fitted with adjustable suspension and GM's magnetic ride system. There's also a touch of negative camber visible, implying sportier handling characteristics. Other rumors we hear on this vehicle include that it may get the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 from the Camaro ZL1, which would mean around 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. It's unclear if this model will get a tow hitch, and if so, we hope it is retractable, but we do see a spare tire. We'll have to wait for more revealing spy shots before we can comment on styling changes, but the main thing is that the long-hoped-for Escalade V is coming. At long last.

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