General Motors is going all-electric, and Cadillac is going along for the ride. Among the list of future Caddy EV models is a brand-new Cadillac Escalade electric, which may look like this new GM Authority rendering.
Based on the latest fifth-generation 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which debuted in February of 2020 for the 2021 model year, our Cadillac Escalade electric bears the same upright stance and commanding presence as the internal-combustion Escalade. However, this battery-powered SUV also stands apart visually thanks to a number of impressive details.
Let’s start in front, where we find the standard grille design and fascia has been updated with curves and and creases from the Cadillac Lyriq crossover. The Lyriq is Cadillac’s very-first all-electric model, and bringing the look over to the Cadillac Escalade electric makes sense to establish continuity between the battery-driven crossover and SUV.
The side profile is more or less identical to the ICE-powered Escalade, with black wheels, black trim, and black window surrounds complementing the SUV’s blocky exterior styling.
However, the rear of our Cadillac Escalade electric departs from the ICE-powered SUV with new lighting signatures, replacing the standard, vertically oriented lights with new T-shaped units that stretch into the hatch. On the standard Escalade, the trail lights are only vertical, with the horizontal elements remaining unlit trim pieces.
It’s also worth noting that we included a set of fake exhaust tips, similar to those found on the 2022 Buick Enclave, 2021 Buick Envision, and 2021 Buick Encore GX. The faux exhaust treatment is gaining popularity as the industry moves towards more and more electrics, and continues to add visual impact to the rear of our Cadillac Escalade electric rendering.
As GM Authority was the first to report, the Cadillac Escalade electric is expected to offer upwards of 400 miles of range, with Ultium batteries and the third-generation BEV3 platform under the skin providing the motivation. Combined with the model’s traditional refinement, the Cadillac Escalade electric is expected to offer very low NVH and superlative comfort for passengers.