Cadillac’s Escalade is an important vehicle, so it’s not surprising that the carmaker is aiming to keep it around during the transition to electrification. The electric version of the full-size luxury hauler will be revealed on August 9, with only a few teaser photographs and the Escalade IQ name confirmed.
Given that others have dabbled in the same terminology, the IQ designation is intriguing. It’s unlikely that purchasers will confuse the two, as the electric Escalade will not resemble, say, a Toyota iQ.
It also allows Cadillac to include the Escalade alongside the rest of its EV lineup, both of which end in “IQ,” without labeling it the “Escaladeiq.” So far, the teaser photographs show an intricate LED lighting signature and huge wheels covered in Michelin tyres. In the back, there looks to be a massive glass roof with additional LED lighting.
Cadillac has released no information about the SUV’s powertrain or specifications, but we expect it will use GM’s Ultium chassis and battery technology. Chevy dropped the Bolt and Bolt EUV, eliminating the final electric vehicles that did not meet the Ultium requirement.
The Escalade IQ will join a handful of other new EV cars from GM, including the Chevy Equinox, Cadillac Lyriq, the impending Chevy and GMC electric truck twins, and the insanely exclusive and premium Cadillac Celestiq.