Cadillac had previously gone on the record to state it did not plan to dilute the V-series badge by using it on its crossover and SUV offerings. Instead, the brand said that Vsport variants were much more likely, something softer, less hardcore than a true V-series. It seems the tide may have turned inside Cadillac, however.
Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman recently published a tweet to his personal Twitter account stating a Cadillac Escalade V is “imminent.”
Not only does MT say an Escalade V is imminent, but it is reportedly coming with LT4 6.2-liter supercharged V8 power. Yes, this very well could be a 600 hp-plus Cadillac Escalade, most likely paired to an eight-speed automatic to handle the gobs of power.
The full-size SUV is already equipped with General Motors’ Magnetic Ride Control system as standard, but it’s very likely that grippier tires will be applied to enhance the SUV’s sporting capabilities.
It’s no secret the Escalade is a cash hauler for GM, and an Escalade V could only grow the profitability factor with a hefty premium over a “mere pedestrian” Escalade.
MT reports the Cadillac Escalade V could debut as soon as the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Expect the vehicle to carry a hefty premium above the “pedestrian” Escalade, while continuing to contribute to the nameplate’s cash-making ability.