Cadillac has been flirting with the idea of launching a sportier version of the Escalade for well over a decade now, yet that still hasn’t materialized.
Nonetheless, with the crossover and SUV boom, now it might be a good time to finally launch an Escalade V, Escalade-V, Escalade-V Blackwing or whatever they might name it.
So, are they going to make it? According to MuscleCars&Trucks, the Escalade’s product manager, Dave Schiavone, didn’t rule it out.
“Ever since we came out with the V-Series on the CTS, we’ve had dealers and customers asking for [an Escalade V]”, Schiavone said. “We’re always looking at opportunities, and where we can take portfolios.”
If it does happen, the Escalade V would challenge the likes of the BMW X7 M50i and Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, and besides the sporty body kit that would help it differentiate from lesser versions of the Escalades, it would also need a powerful engine.
A good candidate for the job would be the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that’s understood to power the upcoming CT5-V Blackwing, in turn sourced from Chevy’s Camaro ZL1. The rumored output should stand north of 650 HP and it is expected with at least 650 pound-feet (881 Nm) of torque.
If Cadillac decides to green-light the project, we wouldn’t expect it to launch sooner than 2022 or 2023.