Cadillac's latest Escalade has been on sale for a year, winning over buyers with its unmatchable presence, sharp styling and an interior that’s taken great leaps forward over the previous model when it comes to refinement.

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Unfortunately, the vehicle is limited to just one powertrain option, in this case a 6.2-liter V-8 spitting out 420 horsepower, which means buyers looking for greater performance have to either choose a rival model or go the aftermarket route.

Cadillac may be about to alleviate the issue, however. We’re hearing that a high-performance Escalade V is in the works. The information comes by way of Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman, though there’s been no mention of a source or any other details.

One possibility for the vehicle’s engine would be General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 already found in Cadillac’s CTS-V as well as the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. With the LT4, the Escalade V would be packing in excess of 600 horsepower, making it rival for Mercedes-AMG’s GL63 (soon to become a GLS63) as well as Bentley’s new Bentayga. No doubt a comparison could also be made with Jeep’s Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk coming down the line.

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Before you get too excited, recall that a Cadillac spokesman hinted that the Escalade could be fitted with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine along with Cadillac’s tamer Vsport badging. Then again, Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen has also said in the past that a V-series SUV could happen.

Stay tuned.


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