As GM Authority initially reported way back in the summer of 2019, General Motors is poised to launch the new Cadillac Escalade-V, a high-performance variant of the popular luxury SUV equipped with a supercharged heart and several other go-fast goodies. Now, although the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator are considered direct rivals, Lincoln says it won’t offer a performance-upgraded Navigator to compete with the new Cadillac Escalade-V.
According to a recent report from our sister publication, Ford Authority, which cites Global Lincoln Product Director John Jraiche, the refreshed 2022 Lincoln Navigator revealed last fall won’t include a high-performance variant to answer the new Cadillac Escalade-V.
“We like to focus on our own identity and focus on how we would deliver our experience that resonates with our clients,” Jraiche told Ford Authority in an exclusive interview. “We understand where the competition is, we’re not looking to emulate anyone. We took a strategy years ago to be separate and distinct with our Lincoln lineup and we’re looking to double down and deliver that strategy in a new way as we transition into EVs.”
As it stands, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator is offered with only one engine option, namely Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5L V6 EcoBoost. Peak output is rated at 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
By comparison, the new Cadillac Escalade-V is equipped with the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 gasoline engine, which can also be found in such high-performance models as the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, third-gen Cadillac CTS-V, C7-generation Chevy Corvette Z06, and the Chevy Camaro ZL1. General Motors has yet to reveal exact figures for the new Cadillac Escalade-V, but at least 640 horsepower is the recipe expected.
In addition to the supercharged LT4 engine, the Cadillac Escalade-V will also feature more aggressive styling, including a new front bumper, rear bumper, and unique wheels. Keeping it shiny side up will be upgraded brakes and specially tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension.