The Cadillac Escalade could be the last internal combustion engine-powered vehicle offered by the luxury automaker as it continues its transition into an electric vehicle company.
Going forward, all next-generation Cadillac vehicles will be battery-electric. Vice president for global Cadillac, Rory Harvey, told Automotive News the brand will still introduce some updated versions of its gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles, as well as V-Series variants for certain models, but all next-generation Cadillac vehicles going forward will be battery-powered.
According to AN, the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans will go out of production in 2026, with electric replacement sedans set to be unveiled sometime shortly thereafter. Similarly, the Cadillac XT4, XT5 and XT6 crossovers will be phased out in 2025 or 2026 as electric Cadillac crossovers like the Optiq and Symboliq hit the market. The automaker hopes to complete its transition into an electric vehicle company by about 2030.
The current-generation Cadillac Escalade, meanwhile, isn’t expected to go out of production until 2029, which would make it the last fuel-powered Cadillac vehicle in production. A battery-electric version of the Cadillac Escalade is expected to debut before that time and will likely be sold in conjunction with the fuel-powered model for several years, facilitating the nameplate’s transition into a pure EV. The electric Escalade is expected to tap the automaker’s BT1 dedicated large electric vehicle platform and, like other new GM EVs, will utilize the automaker’s Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive electric motors.
Cadillac’s transition into an electric vehicle company will begin with the Cadillac Lyriq, which will enter production at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee early next year. Reservations for the battery-electric crossover, which is slightly larger than the Cadillac XT5, will open in September, with deliveries set to commence in the first half of 2022. The Lyriq features a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle, which produces 340 horsepower, and has a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery providing around 300 miles of range.
While Cadillac is said to be targeting 2030 to complete its EV transition, this is believed to be a moving target that could change based on factors like charging infrastructure and demand. No matter what happens, though, it seems as though the Escalade may very well be the last fuel-powered Cadillac vehicle to remain in production.