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.
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.