New information is shedding light on a plan to plop an all-electric powertrain in the next-generation Cadillac Escalade. That move would allow the truck-based SUV to compete in a way with the Tesla Model X, Audi E-Tron, and other fully-electric SUVs.
Since it launched for 1999, the Cadillac Escalade has stood for two things: in-your-face bling and unbridled gas guzzling. Sure, there was a pathetic Hybrid model for a few years, but it seems like GM might be moving to seriously reform the luxury SUV’s thirsty image.
Reportedly, the all-electric powertrain for the Escalade won’t be ready to launch when the next generation of the SUV debuts for 2021. Timing doesn’t seem to be nailed down, just that it will be sometime later, which would indicate the powertrain is early in the development process. Considering GM hasn’t launched a single all-electric truck yet, that only makes sense.
Also leaked is the goal that Cadillac wants the Escalade EV to go 400 miles on a single charge. That’s pretty good, but it’s probably just a figure being thrown around with nothing solid behind it at the moment. But, you can bet there will be one huge frunk on the thing!
Lest anyone think this means Cadillac won’t do anything exciting with burning fossil fuels in the next-generation Escalade, that’s not the case. It previously leaked a high-performance version of the luxury SUV is in the works, and it will reportedly burn gas. So there’s that.
Source: Cadillac Society