The IQ/IQL 2025 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalades are pop culture icons. The massive luxury SUV will soon have an all-electric drivetrain. The 750-hp Escalade IQ will arrive in summer 2024 after GM's most premium EVs, the Lyriq compact crossover and Celestiq sedan.

The mega-SUV Caddy is loosening its corporate cufflinks to go green and will stand in for the gas-only Escalade V, which gets 11 mpg in the city with a supercharged 682-hp V-8. The all-electric Escalade IQ's range objective is 450 miles, surpassing the GMC Hummer SUV and Silverado EV it shares a platform with.

Since 1998, the Escalade has yelled riches, power, and luxury with an American accent. Its all-electric engine will appeal to purchasers' environmental concerns for the first time. The electric-only Escalade IQ will launch in summer 2024, followed by the long-wheelbase IQL.

The 2025 Cadillac Escalade IQ will cost between $99,000 and $130,000, depending on trim and options.

All-wheel-drive Escalade IQs produce 750 horsepower and 785 pound-feet. Instead of a quick boost mode like other EVs, Velocity Max drive mode unlocks peak output for as long as you have it active. Cadillac claims the Escalade IQ will produce over 650 horsepower under regular driving conditions. 

In 4.3 seconds, the gas-powered 682-hp Escalade V can reach 60 mph, the all-electric Escalade IQ's closest competition. The Escalade IQ will likely weigh more than its 6290-pound V-8 variant and approach the 9640-pound GMC Hummer H1T it shares its base with. After evaluating the first fully-electric Escalade, we'll post our findings here.

What good is a rolling behemoth without towering toys to pull behind it? The Cadillac Escalade IQ's 8000-pound towing capability is fine. That's only 200 pounds behind the gas-powered Escalade's 8,200-pound top towing capability, but the main problem of towing with an EV is the reduced driving range due to weight and rolling resistance.

GM wants the all-electric Cadillac Escalade IQ to drive 450 miles on a charge, but the EPA hasn't cleared it. The Escalade IQ's 200.0 kWh Ultium battery pack must work smarter. The Escalade IQ's 800-volt architecture supports DC-fast charging rates that can provide 100 miles of range in 10 minutes, reducing downtime.

Based on the Escalade IQ's 200 kWh useful battery capacity and maximum driving range estimation, we can estimate 59 MPGe highway. The EPA hasn't released this figure. The Escalade IQ and Chevy Silverado EV Work Truck share a chassis and have identical maximum-range estimates. Visit the EPA's website for Escalade IQ fuel economy information.

The Escalade IQ's 66.0-inch dashboard lacks Apple CarPlay but runs Google's OS. GM indicated earlier in 2023 that it will remove Apple CarPlay from its EVs but maintain it in gas-powered vehicles for greater interoperability.

 These touchscreens show the Escalade's transformation into a digital SUV. Most Cadillac tech functions are operated with a finger or thumb, however two knob-like dials on the center console and haptic buttons in the steering wheel are there.

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