Cadillac’s first-ever all-electric SUV is just a few weeks away from its debut.
Model by model, General Motors is working to electrify its most popular models, including the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. It’s also working on full-size SUVs, though, as we’ve seen with the GMC Hummer EV SUV and, now, the Cadillac Escalade IQ. On Tuesday, the automaker announced it would finally reveal its all-electric Escalade to the world on August 9, while also noting it would build the SUV at its “Factory Zero” plant (also known as the Detroit-Hamtramck) plant in Michigan.
We really haven’t seen too much of the Cadillac Escalade IQ yet, save a few cryptic teasers. Today’s announcement shows off the EV’s light signature, borrowing some cues from the Lyriq crossover. What the full-size SUV did not borrow, though, is the same nomenclature, at least not exactly. Since Cadillac couldn’t reasonably call it the “Escaladiq” or something like that, we’ll have to get used to calling it the Escalade IQ.
No technical information is available yet, but we can glean some useful information from what’s already launched. We know the Cadillac Escalade IQ will ride on GM’s new Ultium platform, much like the Lyriq and the Hummer EV. Since the company plans to build it in the same factory as the GMC Hummer EV, it’s likely (though not certain, yet) that it will share similar powertrain components, battery packs and perhaps even power outputs. While the 682-horsepower Escalade-V is clearly living on borrowed time, the IQ will need to fill the gap with some high-performance version down the road, if not at launch. Perhaps the 1,000-horsepower triple motor setup from the Hummer EV will be the solution.
There’s another recent question mark.
Thanks to GM’s recent announcement to lean toward Tesla’s NACS charging standard. That will kick in for future GM EVs, though the initial trucks may launch still using the CCS standard, as GM EVs may not get the Tesla-like charging port until 2025.
We’ll have more information soon, but keep an eye on TFLtruck.com and our TFLEV channel for more in the next few weeks.