GM’s new Cadillac Escalade is the most expensive, powerful yet at $ 150,000

Cadillac Escalade V series of 2023

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DETROIT – General Motors’ the newest Cadillac Escalade will be the most powerful and expensive version of the full-size SUV ever when it goes on sale this summer, starting at around $ 150,000.

The Detroit automaker unveiled the Cadillac Escalade-V from 2023 Wednesday with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering 682 horsepower and 653 foot-pounds of torque. This is a significant performance improvement over the 420 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque of the SUV’s current V-8 engine.

“There’s nothing like it in the industry,” said David Schiavone, Cadillac Escalade global product manager, during a media briefing. “It will be the most exclusive and most expensive Escalade ever.”

Schiavone declined to disclose how many Escalade-V models the company plans to produce a year. However, given its performance and starting price of $ 149,990, production will likely be low but highly profitable. The price is almost double the Escalade entry-level model, at around $ 76,300.

Cadillac Escalade-V from 2023

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Carmakers have increasingly added performance variants to their lineups as a way to strengthen profit margins before moving to electric vehicles, which can offer high performance but lower margins than gas cars.

The new V series from GM, premiered earlier this year, It resembles the current Escalade SUVs but includes new badges and parts to improve vehicle performance. Cadillac claims the vehicle can reach 0-60mph in about 4.4 seconds, an impressive time for a full-size luxury SUV.

The vehicle features the most expensive interior option for the Escalade which includes leather seats, including electric massage seats in the front, a 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference sound system, 38-inch OLED information, and Zebra control and accent screens Wood.

Cadillac’s “V” or “V-Series” designation has traditionally been used forr Low-production high-performance cars. The Escalade is the first SUV to receive the badge, as GM attempts to make as much profit as possible from current vehicles with internal combustion engines to help finance new electric vehicles and technologies.

Cadillac Escalade V series of 2023

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Cadillac said it plans to do so offer electric vehicles only by the end of this decade, starting with the recently launched Lyriq crossover. The effort is part of GM’s master plan to offer only electric vehicles globally by 2035.

Schiavone said the brand is still on track to meet its electric vehicle goals, but will continue to offer gas-powered models until then. He declined to say whether the Escalade-V would be the last major change to the vehicle before expectations that it would become an EV.

“Cadillac is committed to a total future of electric vehicles,” said Schiavone. “This is already starting, but it doesn’t happen today. You will see both EV and ICE engines for several years until we are at our full EV future.”